Grateful Dead

Death Letter Blues

Lyrics By: Traditional
Music By: Traditional

I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read? I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read? You better come home, the one you love is dead

Well I went to the graveyard, looked in my woman's face Well I went to the graveyard, looked in my woman's face I love you mama, I just can't take your place

Well the woman I love, she's done dead and gone Well the woman I love, she's done dead and gone She left me here trying to sing my ragtime song

This was seemingly only sung by Jerry Garcia once, on 30 October 1968, in a show billed as Mickey and the Hartbeats. The lyrics Jerry sang were:

Death Letter Blues