Barefoot Nellie

Lyrics: Don Reno, Jim Davis
Music: Don Reno, Jim Davis

Played by Jerry Garcia with the Black Mountain Boys in March 1964. Thanks to Matt Schofield for the lyrics.

Red headed woodpecker sitting on a limb
Ma said chicken but Nellie shot him
Wrung his neck and picked him clean
Funniest chicken I ever seen

Chorus
Ah Barefoot Nellie
Oh Barefoot Nellie
Eh Barefoot Nellie
You're the one for me

Picked a little hog walk in the luck (note 1)
He made three tracks just one duck
Nellie said who you think I am
That hog's missin' about one hen

[chorus]

Nellie went to town one day
Riding on a load of hay
Sold a man a trip to Mars
Now she sits behind the bars

[chorus]

Nellie put on her Sunday dress
Thought that it would look the best
Made out of an old pea sack
Hog feed rope right on the back

[chorus]

Nellie's got a pair of shoes
She can wear them if she choose
What if she has got the blues?
Who wants to wear size twenty-two?

[chorus]
Notes
(1) this verse is inaudible on the Black Mountain Boys recording. The lyrics are a guess from another version.


Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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