Only ever played once by the Dead, on 20 November 1970 during a jam with Jorma Kaukonen. Also played by Garcia, Hunter and Leicester in July 1961. I had assumed from the list in DeadBase that Jorma sang it at the 1970 show. But on listening to the tape, I believe it is Garcia.
He sings only two verses, which are pretty hard to decipher.
Wake up, wake up, darling CoreyThe Garcia/Hunter/Leicester version from 1961 includes an additional verse:
What makes you sleep so sound
[The revenue officers are coming]
They're gonna tear your still house down
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold ground
[Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow]
We're gonna lay him in the ground
Wake up, wake up darling Corey (note 1)Versions by others have yet another couple of verses:
Quit hanging around my bed
Bad liquor ruined my body
Pretty women gone to my head
Well the first time I seen daring CoreyNotes
She was sitting by the banks of the sea
Had a forty-four round her body
And a five-string on her knee
Can't you hear them bluebirds a-singing?
Don't you hear that mournful sound?
They're preaching darling Corey's funeral
In some lonesome graveyard ground