Barefoot Nellie

Lyrics: Don Reno, Jim Davis
Music: Don Reno, Jim Davis

Played by Jerry Garcia with the Black Mountain Boys in March 1964. Thanks to Matt Schofield for the lyrics.

Red headed woodpecker sitting on a limb
Ma said chicken but Nellie shot him
Wrung his neck and picked him clean
Funniest chicken I ever seen

Ah Barefoot Nellie
Oh Barefoot Nellie
Eh Barefoot Nellie
You're the one for me

Picked a little hog walk in the luck (note 1)
He made three tracks just one duck
Nellie said who you think I am
That hog's missin' about one hen


Nellie went to town one day
Riding on a load of hay
Sold a man a trip to Mars
Now she sits behind the bars


Nellie put on her Sunday dress
Thought that it would look the best
Made out of an old pea sack
Hog feed rope right on the back


Nellie's got a pair of shoes
She can wear them if she choose
What if she has got the blues?
Who wants to wear size twenty-two?

(1) this verse is inaudible on the Black Mountain Boys recording. The lyrics are a guess from another version.

Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     Fall 1963 Before The Dead Black Mountain Boys
Other Related Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1976 Pistol Packin' Mama Good Old Boys (note 1)

(1) the Good Old Boys included David Nelson, also of NRPS. The record was produced by Jerry Garcia.

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


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