Rake And A Ramblin' Boy

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Played by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter at Brigid Meier's 16th birthday party in 1961.

Well I'm a rake and a ramblin' boy
There's many a city I did enjoy
And now I've married me a pretty little wife
And I love her dearer than I love my life

Oh, she was pretty, both sweet and gay
Caused me to rob the broad highway
Oh, yes, I robbed it, I do declare
And I made myself ten thousand there

Now when I die don't bury me at all (note 1)
Just bleach my bones in alcohol
And at my feet place a white silk glove (
note 2)
To tell the world I died for love

Well I'm a rake and a ramblin' boy
There's many a city I did enjoy
And now I've married me a pretty little wife
And I love her dearer than I love my life
Notes
(1) Thanks to Lucius Kuert for help with this verse
(2) Most traditional versions have "snow white dove"

Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     26 May 1961 Before The Dead Bob and Jerry


 


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