Rockin' Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu

Lyrics: John Vincent/Huey 'Piano' Smith
Music: Vincent/Smith

This was played half a dozen times in 1972. Garcia seems to have mixed around the verses on different occasions - this is the version on "Steppin' Out ...":

I want to jump but I'm afraid I'll fall
I want to holler but the joint's too small
Young man rhythm got a hold on me too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

I want to kiss, baby, that ain't all
I want to kiss her but the gal's too small
Young man rhythm got a hold on me too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

I want to holler, baby, don't you know
I would be running but my feet's too slow
Young man rhythm got a hold on me too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

I want to scream but that ain't all
My baby loves me, Lord, she's carrying on
Young man rhythm got a hold on me too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

I want to jump but I'm afraid I'll fall
I want to holler but the joint's too small
Young man rhythm got a hold on me too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

I want to scream, baby, that ain't all
I want to kiss her but the girl's too tall
Young man rhythm got a hold on me too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     23 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     24 May 1972 Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 (note 1)
 
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1975 All Good Things (additional disc) Jerry Garcia Band

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section
Notes
(1) also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings

The original by Huey 'Piano' Smith is available on various compilations - I found it on a CD called "Louisiana Piano Rhythms."




Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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