Trouble In Mind

Lyrics: Richard M Jones
Music: Richard M Jones

Played by Jerry with the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band. Not to be confused with I'm Troubled, also played by Jerry Garcia.

In the 1961 recording on "Before The Dead", after the song, Jerry Garcia says in response to a question "Me, play rock 'n' roll? No, never happen"!

I'm troubled in mind, I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
You know the sun gonna shine
On my back door some day

I'm going down to the river
Take my old rockin' chair (note 1)
If the blues don't take me
Gonna rock away from here


I'm gonna lay my head
On some lonesome railroad line (note 2)
And let the two nineteen
Satisfy my troubled mind


You know the sun gonna shine
In my backdoor some day
(1) in the 1961 recording on "Before The Dead", Jerry Garcia sings "Bring my old rockin' chair"
(2) in that recording, Jerry sings "On some southern railroad line"

Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     26 May 1961 Before The Dead Bob and Jerry
     29 Aug 1987 Electric On The Eel (bonus disc) Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
     21 Oct 1987 Ragged But Right Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
     31 Oct 1987 Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band

This is often listed as "traditional" but is a jazz standard originally written by Richard M Jones in the early years of the 20th century. It has been covered by a huge range of jazz, blues, rock and country performers.

The recording on "Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontaine" lists the title as "Troubled In Mind" and the composer as "James Roots." This is a mistake: that is a completely different song, recorded by the Pilgrim Travelers.

Some DeadBase setlists (eg 29 August 1987) list "I'm Troubled" when the song played was in fact "Trouble In Mind."


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