Late Last Night When Willie Came Home

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Played by Jerry Garcia with Marshall Leicester and Robert Hunter at the Carlos Bookstall in July 1961. It often circulates on tapes as "No One To Stand By Me." Other titles include "Way Down Town." Thanks to Matt Schofield for the lyrics.

Late last night when Willie come home
I heard a mighty rapping on the door
Slipping and sliding with new shoes on
It's Willie don't you rap no more

And it's oh me, it's oh my
What's going to become of me
I's down town, just fooling around
No one to stand by me

I love you dear girl till the sea runs dry
Rocks all dissolved by the sun
I love you dear girl till the day I die
Then, oh Lord, I'm done


Last time I saw my mama, Lord
She was a-doing swell
Cease your rowdy ways my son
Save your soul from hell


If I had listened to what mama had said
I'd have been at home today
I didn't listen to what mama said
I throwed my young life away


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


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