deadsongs.vue.196 : Tennessee Jed
permalink #0 of 10: David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:40
    
Tennessee Jed
w: Hunter m: Garcia
AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/tjed.html
LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/TENNESSE.HTM
  
deadsongs.vue.196 : Tennessee Jed
permalink #1 of 10: Alex Allan (alexallan) Mon 8 Sep 03 20:10
    
Tennessee Jed 
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission.

Cold iron shackles, ball and chain
Listen to the whistle of the evening train
You know you bound to wind up dead
If you don't head back to Tennessee Jed

Rich man step on my poor head
When you get back you better butter my bread
Well you know it's like I said
You better head back to Tennessee Jed

Chorus
Tennessee, Tennessee
There ain't no place I'd rather be
Baby won't you carry me
Back to Tennessee

Drank all day and rock all night
The law come to get you if you don't walk right
Got a letter this morning, baby, and all it read
You better head back to Tennessee Jed

I dropped four flights and cracked my spine
Buddy come quick with the iodine
Catch a few winks, baby, under the bed
Then you head back to Tennessee Jed

[chorus]

I ran into Charlie Phogg
Blacked my eye and he kicked my dog
My doggie turned to me and he said
Let's head back to Tennessee Jed

I woke up feeling mean
I went down to play the slot machine
The wheels turned around and the letters read
You better head back to Tennessee Jed

[chorus]
  
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permalink #2 of 10: Scott MacFarlane (s-macfarlane) Tue 20 Mar 07 22:51
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permalink #3 of 10: Tim Lynch (masonskids) Tue 12 Feb 08 01:53
    
Picture of my Dad's 1949 high school senior yearbook...

http://aycu17.webshots.com/image/42936/2000387191616030224_rs.jpg
  
deadsongs.vue.196 : Tennessee Jed
permalink #4 of 10: Christian Crumlish (xian) Wed 13 Feb 08 10:47
    
so there was a concept of a "Tennessee Jed" in 1949?


also... Frank "Longdong" Leingang?
  
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permalink #5 of 10: David Dodd (ddodd) Wed 13 Feb 08 14:56
    
Yes, I think the annotation for this song gives a pretty good
background on the Tennessee Jed character--it was a radio show in the
40's, or thereabouts--geez, who created that annotated website, anyway?
It doesn't give a date for the show!
http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/tjed.html#jedbread
  
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permalink #6 of 10: Christian Crumlish (xian) Thu 14 Feb 08 08:15
    
cool site - i'll have to check it out!


:P
  
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permalink #7 of 10: David Gans (tnf) Wed 20 Feb 08 09:52
    

Tim, did you know he was Tennessee Jed before, or is this new news?
  
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permalink #8 of 10: Tim Lynch (masonskids) Thu 21 Feb 08 19:20
    
The first I knew about it was a few years ago when my sister found the
yearbook at a garage sale.  He passed away when I was 11 so the
subject never came up.  My mom was still alive when we found the
yearbook and I asked her about it, but she couldn't recall the reason
they called him that.  It was then I started googling it and I found
out about the old radio show.
  
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permalink #9 of 10: David Gans (tnf) Fri 22 Feb 08 10:03
    

Interesting.
  
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permalink #10 of 10: Mike Cowperthwaite (mcow) Sat 19 Apr 14 12:57
    
I'm listening to "Dock Boggs radio" and a tune by Uncle Dave Macon,
"Governor Al Smith," with the line "The law's gonna get you if you get
tight."  I found a link that says it was recorded in 1928.
  



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