The Fields Have Turned Brown

Lyrics: Carter Stanley
Music: Carter Stanley

Played by Old And In The Way in 1973 and by Jerry Garcia with David Grisman in 1992. Thanks to Brad Dilli and Matt Schofield for the lyrics.

I left my old home, to ramble this country
My mother and dad, said son don't go wrong
Remember that God will always watch o'er you
And we will be waiting for you here at home

Son don't go astray, was what they both told me
Remember that love for God can be found
But now they're both gone, this letter just told me
Four years they've been dead, the fields have turned brown (note 1)

For many long years, I rambled this country (note 2)
No thoughts of the day when I would return
Now as I go home, to find no one waiting
The price I have paid, to live and to learn

For years they've been dead, the fields have turned brown
(1) it is ambiguous whether this is "Four years ..." or "For years ..."
(2) the Old And In The Way version is "For many long years this country I've rambled"

     Date Album Recorded By
      May 1991 Bluegrass Reunion David Grisman et al
      May 1991 Bluegrass Reunion - Deluxe Edition David Grisman et al

Jerry Garcia sings lead vocals on these tracks. The version on the Deluxe Edition is an alternate take

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


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