Grateful Dead

I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water

Lyrics By: J Babcock
Music By: J Babcock

I washed my hands in muddy water
I washed my hands but they wouldn't come clean
I washed my hands in muddy water
But I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream

Well I was born in ol' Virginia
North Carolina, I did roam
If I'd listen to what daddy told me
I would not be so all alone

This was played only once, in 1971, when Garcia managed the rather truncated version immediately below. The song was a hit for Stonewall Jackson, and I've set out the full lyrics for comparison. It was also recorded by the Spencer Davis Group on their second album.

I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water