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(1) the sheet music in "Grateful Dead Anthology" has "Mama told the jailer", but this is a mistake: Garcia sings "sailor." Thanks to Greg Gabbard for spotting this.
Lyrics By
Robert Hunter
Music By
Jerry Garcia
Lyrics

Just like Jack the Ripper
Just like Mojo Hand
Just like Billy Sunday
In a shotgun rag-time band

Just like New York City
Just like Jericho
Pace the halls and climb the walls
And get out when they blow

Did you say your name was Rambling Rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on Rosev

Just like Jack and Jill
Mama told the sailor (note 1)
One heat up and one cool down
Leave nothing for the tailor

Just like Jack and Jill
Papa told the jailer
One go up and one come down
Do yourself a favour

[Bridge]
I'm gonna sing you
A hundred verses of ragtime
I know this song
It ain't never gonna end
I'm gonna march you up and down
Along the county line
Take you to the leader
Of the band

  • Ramble On Rose
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    Just like Jack the Ripper
    Just like Mojo Hand
    Just like Billy Sunday
    In a shotgun rag-time band

    Just like New York City
    Just like Jericho
    Pace the halls and climb the walls
    And get out when they blow

    Did you say your name was Rambling Rose?
    Ramble on baby, settle down easy
    Ramble on Rosev

    Just like Jack and Jill
    Mama told the sailor (note 1)
    One heat up and one cool down
    Leave nothing for the tailor

    Just like Jack and Jill
    Papa told the jailer
    One go up and one come down
    Do yourself a favour

    [Bridge]
    I'm gonna sing you
    A hundred verses of ragtime
    I know this song
    It ain't never gonna end
    I'm gonna march you up and down
    Along the county line
    Take you to the leader
    Of the band

    (1) the sheet music in "Grateful Dead Anthology" has "Mama told the jailer", but this is a mistake: Garcia sings "sailor." Thanks to Greg Gabbard for spotting this.