Farewell Jack

Lyrics: Brian Godchaux
Music: Keith and Donna Godchaux

Played by Jerry with the Keith and Donna Band in 1975, and on Keith and Donna's LP. Thanks to Brian Godchaux for supplying the lyrics.

Well the fish junk pinned to the leeward shore
The nets all empty 'cause the fishin's been poor
Bad rice, bad rice, the paddies don't grow
Got no rain 'tween the reap and the sow

My Chinese lady gonna lay with me
'Neath the Peking moon on the Chinese sea
I said hold on, baby, 'cause the wind's gonna blow
Like a monsoon shot out of the dragon's own bow

Cain killed Abel just to watch him bleed
Ain't no use, he was just a bad seed
Poor little Isaac, son of Abraham
Got the slaughter block blues and he cry like a lamb

Ol' Black Jack drew an ace of spades
Pulled out his knife and he said his dues was paid
Give us Barabbas, he's an honest man
He ain't no angel but he got good hands

Down on the sand sit the begger man
Folks back home say that he knows the plan
Got no clothes, got the finger on the ring
Drink a little wine and hear the butterfly sing

Look out, baby, two beetles in a box
There ain't no keys and there ain't no locks
Poor brother John sitting down on the sand
Said the weather ain't good but the boat gonna land

Poor brother John sitting down on the sand
Said the weather ain't good but the boat gonna land
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     (studio) 1975 Keith & Donna Keith & Donna Godchaux
     2008 Donna Jean And The Tricksters Donna Jean And The Tricksters


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

 


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