Grateful Dead

Big Boss Man

Lyrics By: Smith/Dixon
Music By: Smith/Dixon

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
You ain't so big, you just tall, that's just about all.

You got me working boss man, a workin' around the clock,
I want a little drink of whiskey, you sure won't let me stop.
Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?
You ain't so big, you just tall, that's just about all.

I'm gonna get me a boss man, one gonna treat me right,
I work hard in the daytime, sure get drunk at night.

You ain't so big, you just tall, that's just about all.

This was sung regularly by Pigpen with the Dead during the 60's and early 70's. It was revived a few times by Bob Weir with the Dead during the 80's. He also played it a few times with Kingfish in the mid-70's, and more recently with Ratdog. Phil Lesh also plays it with Phil & Friends. (1) Bob Weir sometimes sings "Want a little drink of water, but you won't let Bobby stop"

Big Boss Man