Grateful Dead

Walkin' Blues

Lyrics By: Robert Johnson
Music By: Robert Johnson

Well I woke up this morning and I felt around for my shoes
That's when I knew I had them walkin' blues
Well I woke up this morning and I look around and I felt around for my shoes
That's when I knew I had them mean old walkin' blues

Feel like goin' out, leave my old lonesome home
Woke up this mornin', what I had was gone
Feel like goin' out, leave my old lonesome home
Woke up this mornin', what I had was gone

Some people tell you the walkin' blues ain't bad
Worst old feelin' that I've ever had
Some people tell you the walkin' blues ain't so bad
Worst old feelin' that I've ever had

Leaving in the mornin' if I have to ride the blind
Well I've been mistreated and I don't mind dyin'
Leaving in the mornin' if I have to ride the blind
Well I've been mistreated and I don't mind dyin'

She got the Elgin movement from her head down to her toes (note 1)
Break in on a dollar over almost anywhere she goes
She got the Elgin movement from her head down to her toes
Break in on a dollar over almost anywhere she goes

Well I woke up this morning and I felt around for my shoes
That's when I knew I had them walkin' blues
Well I woke up this morning and I look around and I felt around for my shoes
That's when I knew I had them mean old walkin' blues

Sung by Bob Weir with the Grateful Dead as well with Rob Wasserman and with Ratdog. He sometimes varied the order of the verses, but the basic pattern was this.

(1) The Elgin Watch Co. of Elgin, Illinois, was famous for watches made with the special Elgin Movement, guaranteed for 20 years. (Thanks to Catherine Yronwode for this information).

Walkin' Blues