I Got A Mind To Give Up Livin'

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

This was sung by Boz Scaggs with the Dead on 28 May 1982.

I got a good mind to give up living
And go shopping instead
I got a good mind to give up living
And go shopping instead
Pick me a tombstone and get pronounced dead

Since I got your letter this morning
It was on your place in bed
Since I got your letter this morning, babe
It was on your place in bed
That's when I decided that I'd be better off dead

Since I got that letter, baby
It was on your place in bed
Since I got your letter this morning, baby
It was on your place in bed
That's when I decided that I'd be better off dead

Said, it's no use looking, baby
Or ever hoping to get me back
No use looking, baby
Or ever hoping, or ever hoping to get me back
Because it's all over now, and baby you can bet on that
Origins
The original version is often cited as the one on Paul Butterfield's album "East-West" and credited as "Traditional". But the song is identical to the B.B. King song "All Over Again", credited to "Carl Adams, B.B. King, Riley King". I don't know when that was written - the earliet recording I know of is on B.B. King's 1968 album "His Best: The Electric B.B. King", released a couple of years after "East-West". B.B. King has also released later live versions under the title "I've Got A Mind To Give Up Living", credited to "Traditional".

Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1966 East-West Paul Butterfield Blues Band
     1968 His Best: The Electric B.B. King B.B. King




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

 


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