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The Dead played this a couple of times in 1970, but no tapes circulate. The Leadbelly version goes like this.
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Oh Roberta, where you been so long
Oh Roberta, where you been so long
I ain't had no loving since you've been gone

Oh Roberta, sit down on my knee
Oh Roberta, sit down on my knee
I got a lot to tell you that's been worrying me

Way up the river, far as I can see
Way up the river, far as I can see
I thought I spied my old time used to be

And it was not nothing, honey but the side of a tree

Well I'm down on the river, sitting on the ground
Well I'm down on the river, sitting on the ground
Gonna stay right here Lord, until Roberta come down

Roberta, Roberta, where you been so long
Roberta, Roberta, where you been so long
Cross country, with my [?long cold lawn]

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    Oh Roberta, where you been so long
    Oh Roberta, where you been so long
    I ain't had no loving since you've been gone

    Oh Roberta, sit down on my knee
    Oh Roberta, sit down on my knee
    I got a lot to tell you that's been worrying me

    Way up the river, far as I can see
    Way up the river, far as I can see
    I thought I spied my old time used to be

    And it was not nothing, honey but the side of a tree

    Well I'm down on the river, sitting on the ground
    Well I'm down on the river, sitting on the ground
    Gonna stay right here Lord, until Roberta come down

    Roberta, Roberta, where you been so long
    Roberta, Roberta, where you been so long
    Cross country, with my [?long cold lawn]

    The Dead played this a couple of times in 1970, but no tapes circulate. The Leadbelly version goes like this.