Wang Dang Doodle

Lyrics: Willie Dixon
Music: Willie Dixon

First sung by Bob Weir with the Grateful Dead in 1983, becoming a first set staple in the 1990s. David Lemieux has recently unearthed a soundcheck version from 23 October 1973 with Jerry Garcia mumbling the chorus but no vocals in the verses.

Tell automatic Slim
To tell razor toting Jim
To tell butcher knife toting Annie
To tell fast-talking Fanny
We're gonna pitch a ball
Down to the union hall
We're gonna romp and stomp till midnight
We're gonna fuss and fight till daylight

We're gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long
All night long
All night long
All night long
All night long
We're gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long

Tell cedar crawling Red
To tell Abyssinian Ned
To tell old Pistol Pete
To tell everybody he meet
Tonight we need no rest
We gonna really throw a mess
We're gonna kick out all the windows (note 1)
We're gonna knock down all the doors


Tell Fats and Washboard Sam
That everybody's gonna jam
Tell Shakey and Boxcar Joe
We got sawdust on the floor
Tell Peg and Carol Dine
We gonna have a hell of a time
And when the fish scent fill the air
There'll be snuff juice everywhere

All night long
All night long
All night long
(1) on at least one occasion (22 June 1993) Bob Weir switched these two lines around a bit, and sang "We're gonna knock out all the windows/We're gonna kick down all the doors". (thanks to Dan for pointing this out)

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
      2 Sep 1983 Dave's Picks Volume 27
     11 Oct 1983 In And Out Of The Garden
      2 Jul 1989 (official YouTube video only)
     25 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
      8 Jul 1990 View From The Vault (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)
     11 May 1991 (official YouTube video only)
     14 Jun 1991 View From The Vault II (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)
     21 Feb 1995 30 Trips Around The Sun

Further Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For online chords and TAB see


Home | Find words/phrases| Find Song lyrics| Dead originals| Dead covers|