Goodbye Old Pal

Lyrics: Cliff Carlisle
Music: Cliff Carlisle

Played by Jerry Garcia with the Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys in 1964.

It was originally recorded by Cliff Carlisle in 1934. Bill Monroe bought it from him and recorded it himself - it is often credited to Monroe, as it is on the Jerry Garcia album Before The Dead. (Thanks to Matt Schofield for pointing this out)

Along about round-up time, in Texas way out West
I lost a friend and a pal, boys, I laid him down to rest
I weeped and moaned over his grave and to me boys, it was sad
'Cause I knew down beneath that mound lay the best pal I ever had
Oh-de-lady-ay, de-oh-lady-oh, de-ladie-ey

My best pal was my old paint horse, now he's gone to rest
I laid him down beneath that mound in in Texas away out West
Where the cactus blooms over his grave and the coyotes cry
I know he sleeps in perfect peace beneath the Texas sky
Oh-de-lady-ay, de-oh-lady-oh, de-ladie-ey

Dear old pal, it breaks my heart to leave you here alone
Now I'll go and ride the range on the Texas roan
But my love for you, old pal, it shall linger on
I will always think of you, although you're dead and gone
Oh-de-lady-ay, de-oh-lady-oh, de-ladie-ey
Oh-de-lay-hee, hoo
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     Summer 1964 Before The Dead Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys
Other Recordings
     1934 Single Cliff Carlisle
     1946 Single Bill Monroe


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