Walkin' Boss

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Played by Garcia and Grisman in 1991-92, and also by Garcia solo in pre-Dead days at the College of San Mateo on 10 November 1962. He introduced it then by saying "This is a song that was recorded by Clarence Ashley back in the 1920s."

Chorus
Walkin' boss
Walkin' boss
Walkin' boss
I don't belong to you

I belong
I belong
I belong
To that steel driving crew

Well you work one day
Work one day
Work one day
Then go lay around the shanty too

[chorus]

Well I asked that boss
For a job
For a job
He said "Son, what can you do?"

I can line the jack
Drive a track
Drive a track
I can pick and shovel too

[chorus]

Work one day
Work one day
Work one day
Then go lay around the shanty too

[chorus]
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     Spring 1991 Garcia/Grisman Garcia/Grisman (note 1)

(1) alternate take also available as a download.