Lay My Lily Down

Lyrics: Bob Weir, Josh Kaufman, Josh Ritter
Music: Bob Weir, Josh Kaufman, Josh Ritter

Played by Bob Weir in early 2016. It is one of the songs from his new album Blue Mountain. I originally though the title was "Dig A Hole" but it is in fact "Lay My Lily Down" . It is based on the traditional song Darling Corey but with new lyrics that I haven't found anywhere else. Thanks to Osty Gale for help with the lyrics, now included in the booklet with the CD.

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
To lay my Lily down
To lay my Lily down

The first time I saw my new-born girl
She was pulling on her mama's hair
The sun coming through the window
I'd have known her anywhere

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
To lay my Lily down
To lay my Lily down

Wake up, wake up my sleeping child
Come and learn to laugh at hell
'Cause the feral fire in your daddy's blood
Runs in your veins as well

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
To lay my Lily down
To lay my Lily down

The last time I saw little Lily
She was staring at the windswept sea
With two pearl-handled pistols
And a banjo on her knee

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
To lay my Lily down
To lay my Lily down

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
To lay my Lily down

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
To lay my Lily down

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
To lay my Lily down
To lay my Lily down
To lay my Lily down
To lay my Lily down
To lay my Lily down
Bob Weir Recordings
     Date Album
     2016 Blue Mountain 

Shari LaPayover pointed me to a David Nelson version of "Darling Corey" with Tom Stern broadcast in 1986, which makes the link to that song very clear (starts at about 22 minutes):
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
For to lay my Corey down

Well the last time I seen darlin' Corey
Was on the banks of the deep blue sea
With pistols around her body
And a banjo on her knee

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Gonna lay my Corey down

Wake up, wake up darling Corey
And go get me my gun
I ain't no man for trouble
But I die before I run

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Gonna lay my Corey down

Wake up, wake up darling Corey
What makes you sleep so sound
Them highway robbers are a-coming
Gonna tear your play house down

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Gonna lay my Corey down

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow
Gonna lay my Corey down

 


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