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This was played a few times by the Dead in 1966, and later by Jerry Garcia with Merl Saunders. It is normally credited to Blind Lemon Jefferson (as for the Garcia/Saunders version on "Live At Keystone"). But the version on "Birth Of The Dead" is credited to Jules Taub and Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins. 1) might be "church bell tone" (2) the version on "Keystone Encores" has "Mark the place where I was laid"
Lyrics By
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Music By
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Lyrics

There is one kind favor I ask of you
One kind favor I ask of you
One kind favor I ask of you
That you see that my grave is kept clean

If you ever hear a church bell toll (note 1)
If you ever hear a church bell toll
If you ever hear a church bell toll
You may know by that I'm dead and gone

Well six white horses in a line
There's six white horses in a line
Six white horses in a line
Taking me to that burying ground

Now dig my grave with a silver spade
Now dig my grave with a silver spade
Dig my grave with a silver spade
And lay me down with a golden [shovel?] (note 2)

There is one kind favor I ask of you
One kind favor I ask of you
One kind favor I ask of you
That you see that my grave is kept clean

  • One Kind Favor

    There is one kind favor I ask of you
    One kind favor I ask of you
    One kind favor I ask of you
    That you see that my grave is kept clean

    If you ever hear a church bell toll (note 1)
    If you ever hear a church bell toll
    If you ever hear a church bell toll
    You may know by that I'm dead and gone

    Well six white horses in a line
    There's six white horses in a line
    Six white horses in a line
    Taking me to that burying ground

    Now dig my grave with a silver spade
    Now dig my grave with a silver spade
    Dig my grave with a silver spade
    And lay me down with a golden [shovel?] (note 2)

    There is one kind favor I ask of you
    One kind favor I ask of you
    One kind favor I ask of you
    That you see that my grave is kept clean

    This was played a few times by the Dead in 1966, and later by Jerry Garcia with Merl Saunders. It is normally credited to Blind Lemon Jefferson (as for the Garcia/Saunders version on "Live At Keystone"). But the version on "Birth Of The Dead" is credited to Jules Taub and Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins. 1) might be "church bell tone" (2) the version on "Keystone Encores" has "Mark the place where I was laid"