Grateful Dead

Cocaine Habit Blues

Lyrics By: Traditional
Music By: Traditional

Oh cocaine habit mighty bad
It's the worst old habit I ever had
Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

I went to Mr Beaman's in a lope
Saw a sign on the window said no more dope
Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

Since cocaine went out of style
You can catch them shooting needles all the while
Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

If you don't think coke is mighty good
Ask Alma Rose at Minglewood (note 1)
Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

I love my whiskey, I love my gin
But the way I love my coke is a doggone sin
Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

I strut my stuff long as you please (note 2)
But it takes a little coke to give me ease
Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

Sung by Jerry Garcia with Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions in 1964. Their version is based closely on the Memphis Jug Band's 1930 version.

Not to be confused with the song Tell It To Me, performed by the Grateful Dead and often wrongly listed as "Cocaine Habit Blues."

(1) on the Mother McCree's recording, it sound as if Jerry sings "Just have a rose in Minglewood", which makes less sense than "Ask Alma Rose ..." which is what the Memphis Jug Band sing.

(2) Jerry mumbles this line on the Mother McCree's version, possibly because he gets the two lines of the verse in the wrong order, at least compared to the Memphis Jug Band version.

Cocaine Habit Blues