Delia's Gone

Lyrics: Karl Silbersdorf, Dick Toops
Music: Karl Silbersdorf, Dick Toops

Played by Papa Mali with 7 Walkers, and by Ross James with Phil Lesh & Friends.

Delia, oh Delia, Delia all my life
If I hadn't shot poor Delia down
I'd have made that girl my wife
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

I went up to Memphis
Look for Delia there
I found her in her parlour
I tied her to a chair
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

Now Delia she was trifling
Lord knows that girl was mean
Got an evil, made me want to run, and
Get my sub-machine
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

First time I shot Delia
I shot her in the side
I hate to see her suffer there
With a second shot she died
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

Jailer, jailer
Jailer I can't sleep
All around my cell I hear the sound
Of Delia's feet
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1962 The Sound of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash

This from SecondHandSongs:
"Delia (or Delia's Gone) is a traditional song of the Southeast United States that dates to the early 1900s, and is based on the murder of Delia Green. ...

"There are reputedly recordings of "Delia" going back to the 1920s. It was collected in print form not later than 1927, and possibly earlier. Versions have been recorded as, among others, "Little Delia", "Deliah" and "Delia's Gone". The latter title apparently originated in the Bahamas when the song -- with substantially different lyrics -- migrated there. As early as 1935, Alan Lomax recorded a local version by The Nassau String Band. In 1959, Karl Silbersdorf and Dick Toops made a questionable copyright with the same title, used by Johnny Cash in 1962 and many to follow."

 


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