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Played by the Grateful Dead in 1966 and then a couple of times in 1970; revived briefly in 1984/5. These are the lyrics from the performance on 21 March 1970 (thanks to Norbert Jung for the tape).

Lyrics By
Rufus Thomas
Music By
Rufus Thomas
Lyrics

Baby's back, all dressed in black
Silver buttons up and down her back
High, low, tipsy toe
She broke the needle now she can't sew

Walking the dog
Just a-walking the dog
If you don't know how to do it
I'll show you how to walk the dog

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row

Asked the [fellow] for fifteen cents (note 1)
See the [fellow], he jumped the fence (note 2)
Jumped so high, he touched the sky
Never got back until the fourth of July

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row

Baby's back, all dressed in black
Silver buttons all down her back
High, low, tipsy toe
She broke the needle now she can't sew

Baby's back, all dressed in black
Silver buttons all down her back
High, low, tipsy toe
She broke the needle now she can't sew

Just a-walking
Yeah, yeah, just a-walking
Yeah, just a-walking
Yeah, yeah, just a-walking
If you don't know how to do it
I'll show you how to walk the dog

  • Walking The Dog
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    Baby's back, all dressed in black
    Silver buttons up and down her back
    High, low, tipsy toe
    She broke the needle now she can't sew

    Walking the dog
    Just a-walking the dog
    If you don't know how to do it
    I'll show you how to walk the dog

    Mary, Mary, quite contrary
    How does your garden grow?
    With silver bells and cockle shells
    And pretty maids all in a row

    Asked the [fellow] for fifteen cents (note 1)
    See the [fellow], he jumped the fence (note 2)
    Jumped so high, he touched the sky
    Never got back until the fourth of July

    Mary, Mary, quite contrary
    How does your garden grow?
    With silver bells and cockle shells
    And pretty maids all in a row

    Baby's back, all dressed in black
    Silver buttons all down her back
    High, low, tipsy toe
    She broke the needle now she can't sew

    Baby's back, all dressed in black
    Silver buttons all down her back
    High, low, tipsy toe
    She broke the needle now she can't sew

    Just a-walking
    Yeah, yeah, just a-walking
    Yeah, just a-walking
    Yeah, yeah, just a-walking
    If you don't know how to do it
    I'll show you how to walk the dog

    Played by the Grateful Dead in 1966 and then a couple of times in 1970; revived briefly in 1984/5. These are the lyrics from the performance on 21 March 1970 (thanks to Norbert Jung for the tape).