Grateful Dead

Cold Rain and Snow

Lyrics By: Traditional
Music By: Traditional

Well she's coming down the stairs, combing back her yellow hair (note 1)
And I ain't gonna be treated this-a-way
This-a-way
And I ain't gonna be treated this-a-way

Well she went up to her room and she sang a fateful tune (note 2)
And I'm going where those chilly winds don't blow
Winds don't blow
And I'm going where those chilly winds don't blow

Well I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life (note 3)
Run me out in the cold rain and snow
Rain and snow
Run me out in the cold rain and snow

One of the songs played from the earliest days of the Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia mixed up the order of the verses, but this is the basic structure:

(1) Phil Lesh sometimes sings "... auburn hair" with Phil & Friends

(2) in some versions, it sounds as if Jerry sings "...sang a faithful tune." But he clearly sings "fateful" in the early studio versions, and that is closer to the traditional versions of this song. Indeed, in some early versions (eg 16 July 1966), Jerry sang "... where she met her fatal doom"

(3) Phil sings "I married me a wife, I love her more than life" with Phil & Friends

Cold Rain and Snow