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
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]
Scott MacFarlane (s-macfarlane) Tue 20 Mar 07 22:51
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
Christian Crumlish (xian) Wed 13 Feb 08 10:47
so there was a concept of a "Tennessee Jed" in 1949? also... Frank "Longdong" Leingang?
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
Christian Crumlish (xian) Thu 14 Feb 08 08:15
cool site - i'll have to check it out! :P
David Gans (tnf) Wed 20 Feb 08 09:52
Tim, did you know he was Tennessee Jed before, or is this new news?
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.
David Gans (tnf) Fri 22 Feb 08 10:03
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.
David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 21 Apr 14 08:51
The faster we go, the rounder we get (icenine) Thu 24 Apr 14 10:45
Tennessee Bar-B-Que Joints: This is a re-post from my Dead.net comment on this topic: Living in St. Louis, MO, for my first Grateful Dead show in 1968, I always thought the band or Hunter drove around St. Louis and saw the aforementioned Bar-B-Que joints scattered around and therefore, the character of Tennessee Jed was implanted...now, it occurs to me that the Bar-B-Que joints could have been named after the radio show since, in 1968, these joints looked well-aged...FWIW
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