Grateful Dead

Parchman Farm

Lyrics By: Mose Allison
Music By: Mose Allison

I'm sitting over here on Parchman Farm
I'm sitting over here on Parchman Farm
I'm sitting over here on Parchman Farm
Ain't never done no man no harm

Well I'm throwing that cotton in an eleven foot sack
Well I'm throwing that cotton in an eleven foot sack
Well I'm throwing that cotton in an eleven foot sack
Twelve guage shotgun at my back

Well I'm sitting over here on Number Nine
Well I'm sitting over here on Number Nine
Well I'm sitting over here on Number Nine
And all I did is drink my wine

Well I'm gonna be here for the rest of my life
Well I'm gonna be here for the rest of my life
Well I'm gonna be here for the rest of my life
And all I did was shoot my wife

This is listed as having been played once by the Dead in 1966. DeadBase list it as by "White", which suggests it is the Bukka White song "Parchman Farm Blues." I don't have the tape, but I suspect it was more likely to have been the Mose Allison song "Parchman Farm", covered also by John Mayall. But I stand ready to be corrected. This is how the Mose Allison song goes.`

Parchman Farm