Sing Me Back Home

Lyrics: Merle Haggard
Music: Merle Haggard

Played by the Grateful Dead from 1971-73 but then dropped. Recently revived by Phil Lesh and Friends.

The warden led the prisoner
Down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say goodbye like all the rest

And I heard him tell the warden
Just before they reached my cell
Let my guitar-playin' friend sing my request

Chorus
Sing me back home
A song I used to hear
Make my old memories
Come alive

Sing me away
Turn back the years
Sing me back home
Before I die

I recall last Sunday morning
When a choir from off the street
Came in to sing a few old gospel songs

And I heard him tell the singers
There's a song my mama sang
Could I hear it once before you travel on

[chorus]

The warden led the prisoner
Down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say goodbye like all the rest

And I heard him tell the warden
Just before they reached my cell
Let my guitar playin' friend sing my request

Let him
Chorus
Sing me back home
Before I die
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     25 Apr 1971 Ladies And Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead
     31 Jul 1971 Road Trips Number 1, Volume 3 (bonus disc)
      7 Aug 1971 Dick's Picks Vol 35
      3 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      4 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      7 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     10 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     16 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     18 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     24 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     26 May 1972 Europe '72: Vol. 2 (note 1)
     27 Aug 1972 So Many Roads (1965-1995) (note 2)
     17 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 23

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

Bob Weir Solo Acoustic Live!
Notes
(1) also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
(2) also on the DVD/CD Sunshine Daydream



Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)

 


Home | Find words/phrases| Find Song lyrics| Dead originals| Dead covers|