I Know It's A Sin

Lyrics: Jimmy Reed
Music: Jimmy Reed

Sung by Jerry Garcia with the Grateful Dead a few times in the late 1960s.

I know it's wrong, the things I do
The way that I mistreated you
But I know, oh-oh, it's a sin
It's a sin

My baby watched me from the side (note 1)
Then she hung her head and cried
But I know, oh-oh, it's a sin
It's a sin

My baby told me from the start
She said darling, you're breaking my heart
And I know, oh-oh, it's a sin
It's a sin

My baby told me from the start
She said darling, you're breaking my heart
And I know, oh-oh, it's a sin
It's a sin
Notes
(1) Jerry doesn't sing this verse on the version on Dick's Picks 26, but did include it on other occasions, including on the version recorded for "Compliments Of ..."

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     17 Apr 1969 Download Series Vol 12
     26 Apr 1969 Dick's Picks Vol 26
     18 Jun 1974 Road Trips Number 2, Volume 3 (note 2)

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section
 
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1974 Compliments Of ... Jerry Garcia (note 3)
Notes
(2) jam only, no lyrics.
(3) bonus track on the reissued album included in the box set All Good Things

The original Jimmy Reed recording was on his 1959 LP "Rocking With Reed." It was just credited to Jimmy Reed, but that has subsequently been changed to Jimmy & Mary (Mama) Reed.



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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