Tough Mama

Lyrics: Bob Dylan
Music: Bob Dylan

Soundchecked by the Dead in 1995 but never played live (though Jerry played it with JGB).

Meat shakin' on your bones
I'm gonna go down to the river and get some stones
Sister's on the highway with that steel-drivin' crew
Papa's in the big house, his workin' days are through
Tough Mama
Can I blow a little smoke on you?

Dark Beauty
Won't you move it on over and make some room?
It's my duty to bring you down to the field where the flowers bloom
Ashes in the furnace, dust on the rise
You came through it all the way, flyin' through the skies
Dark Beauty
With that long night's journey in your eyes

Sweet Goddess
Born of a blinding light and a changing wind
Now, don't be modest, you know who you are and where you've been
Jack the Cowboy went up north
He's buried in your past
The Lone Wolf went out drinking
That was over pretty fast
Sweet Goddess
Your perfect stranger's comin' in at last

Silver Angel
With the badge of the lonesome road sewed in your sleeve
I'd be grateful if this golden ring you would receive
Today on the countryside it was a-hotter than a crotch
I stood alone upon the ridge and all I did was watch
Sweet Goddess
It must be time to carve another notch

I'm crestfallen
The world of illusion is at my door
I ain't a-haulin' any of my lambs to the marketplace anymore
The prison walls are crumblin', there is no end in sight
I've gained some recognition but I lost my appetite
Dark Beauty
Meet me at the border late tonight

Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1 Sep 1974 Pure Jerry 4: Keystone, Berkeley Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders Band
     2 Nov 1974 Garcia Live Volume 18 Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders
     19 Apr 1975 Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan Legion Of Mary
      4 Jul 1975 Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume 1 Legion Of Mary
     13 Apr 1990 How Sweet It Is Jerry Garcia Band
     20 May 1990 Garcia Live Volume 10 Jerry Garcia Band

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For online chords and TAB see
For sheet music, see:
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)


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