Good Lovin'

Lyrics: Artie Resnick/Rudy Clark
Music: Artie Resnick/Rudy Clark

Some 1969 versions of this had Jerry Garcia on lead vocals (a), but Pigpen then took the song over. It was revived in 1976 with Bob Weir singing lead, as he has done subsequently with Ratdog.

Well I was feelin' so bad
So I asked my family doctor 'bout what I had
I said now doc (doctor)
Mister MD (doctor)
Oh can you tell me (doctor)
What's ailing me (doctor)

Chorus
He said yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
All you need
All you really need
Is good lovin'
Gotta have lovin'
Good lovin'
Everybody gotta have lovin'
Good lovin'
Gimme, gimme some lovin'
Good lovin'

So come on baby, well squeeze me tight
Don't you want your daddy to feel alright
Well I said now baby (baby)
Well it's for sure (baby)
I got the fever (baby)
And you got the cure (baby)

[chorus]
Notes
(a) thanks to Brian Schnapp for pointing this out.

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1966 Rare Cuts And Oddities
      8 Nov 1969 Dick's Picks Vol 16
     12 Dec 1969 Dave's Picks Volume 10
     21 Dec 1969 Dave's Picks Volume 6 (Bonus disc)
     18 Jan 1970 Download Series Vol 2
      2 Feb 1970 Dave's Picks Volume 6
     13 Feb 1970 Bear's Choice (note 1)
      2 May 1970 Dick's Picks Vol 8
     15 May 1970 Road Trips Vol 3 No 3 (late show)
     31 Dec 1970 Download Series: A Night At The Family Dog
     19 Feb 1971 Three From The Vault
     25 Apr 1971 Ladies And Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead
     24 Aug 1971 Dick's Picks Vol 35
      8 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     11 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     14 Apr 1972 Europe '72 (note 1) (note 4)
     16 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     24 Apr 1972 Rockin' The Rhein (note 4)
     26 Apr 1972 Europe '72: Vol. 2 (note 4)
     29 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      3 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      4 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      7 May 1972 Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 (note 4)
     11 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     18 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     23 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     25 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     31 Dec 1976 Live At The Cow Palace
     30 Apr 1977 Download Series Vol 1
     11 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     15 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     17 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     28 May 1977 To Terrapin: Hartford '77
      7 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
      8 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
      3 Sep 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 15
     16 Oct 1977 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 2
      4 Nov 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 12
     29 Dec 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 10
      5 Feb 1978 Dick's Picks Vol 18
     24 Apr 1978 Dave's Picks Volume 7
     10 May 1978 Dick's Picks Vol 25
     (studio) 28 Jul 1978 Shakedown Street (note 3)
     (studio) Aug 1978 Shakedown Street (note 2)
     16 Sep 1978 Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978 (DVD and bonus disc)
     21 Oct 1978 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 4 ("From Egypt With Love") (bonus disc)
     31 Dec 1978 The Closing Of Winterland (DVD & CD)
      4 May 1979 Live At The Coliseum
      6 Nov 1979 Road Trips Full Show: Spectrum 11/6/79
     10 Nov 1979 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 1
     28 Dec 1979 Road Trips Vol 3, No 1
      7 May 1980 Road Trips Volume 3, Number 4
     15 May 1980 Go To Nassau
      4 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
     31 Oct 1980 Dead Ahead (video/DVD)
      6 May 1981 Dick's Picks Vol 13
      9 Oct 1989 Warlocks Box
     28 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
      2 Apr 1990 Spring 1990
     16 Dec 1992 Dick's Picks Vol 27

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs
 
Other Dead-related Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1996 Fire On The Mountain Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead (Dennis Brown)
     24 Oct 2006 Fall Tour 2006 Rhythm Devils

Notes
(1) included as bonus tracks on remastered albums, first released as part of the box set The Golden Road (1965-1973)
(2) also on the compilation "The Arista Years"
(3) a studio outtake issued as a bonus track on the version in the box set Beyond Description (1973-1990)
(4) also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings

Origins
The original version of "Good Lovin'" was recorded in 1965 by Limmie Snell under the name "Lemme B. Good", with writing credits to Rudy Clark. (thanks to Eric Levy for letting me know about this). The lyrics were:
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

People say to me
You got yourself a new girl we see
But she's ugly and can't sing
Are you gonna give her a diamond ring?

And I say yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Let me tell you what she's got
Good lovin'
Good good lovin' baby
Good lovin'
Good good lovin' baby
Good lovin'
Good good lovin' baby
Good lovin'
Good good lovin'

She can have a diamond ring
Her good lovin' now is everything

When I feel so blue
Don't you know she knows just what to do
'Cause she treats me so good
Makes a fella feel just like he should

And I say yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Let me tell you what she's got
Good lovin'
Good good lovin' baby
Good lovin'
Good good lovin' baby
Good lovin'
Good good lovin' baby
Good lovin'
Good good lovin'

She can have a diamond ring
Her good lovin' now is everything

Good lovin'
Good good lovin' baby
Good lovin'
Good good lovin' baby
Good lovin'
Gimme good lovin' mama
Good lovin'
I need good lovin' baby
The song was rewritten and recorded by The Olympics in the same year, with writing credits to Clark and Artie Resnick. That version (and the subsequent Young Rascals version) are very similar to what the Grateful Dead sang.


Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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