Dear John

Lyrics: Unknown/Hank Williams
Music: Unknown/Hank Williams

Played by Jerry Garcia with Doug Sahm, Leon Russell, Phil Lesh and Mary Egan at the Armadillo World Headquarters on 23 November 1972. Sung by Doug Sahm with Jerry on guitar.

The lyrics are very hard to make out. The chorus line seems to come from the Hank Williams' song "Dear John" but the rest of the lyrics bear no relation. Nor is it really related to the Hank Williams' song "Honky Tonkin'" despite a couple of lines in common.

Well I'm here little daddy out of Mobile Alabama
Working on [?] home
If you know you ain't no saint
[Play] the blues no more
That's all she wrote, dear John, I brought your saddle home

Well if you don't [talk] me rockin'
Tell me where you been
We'll go [marching] baby
We'll go stamping out
Honky tonkin', [?]
Go honky tonkin' [round this town]

[?] all the day out of Mobile Alabama
All my hard at work
If you'd only let me stand
For the [?] and go
That's all she wrote, dear John, I brought your saddle home

If you don't talk to me baby
If you want to stay
You're gonna find me baby
We'll go out and pray
That's all she wrote, dear John, I brought your saddle home

 


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