And We Bid You Good Night

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Live Dead (1969)
Dick's Picks Vol. 4 (1996)
Dozin' At The Knick (1996)
Dick's Picks Vol. 8 (1997)
Fillmore East 2/11/69 (1997)

Dead Related Recordings

Nightfall Of Diamonds : Tom Constanten (1992)

Other Recordings

I Bid You Good Night
Joseph Spence & The Pindar Family (1965)
Warm Your Heart : Aaron Neville (1991)
Spring Of Sixty Five : Joseph Spence & The Pindar Family (1992)
Bridges : Bill Staines (1992)
Sleep Baby Sleep : Nicolette Larson (1994)
Out On The Rolling Sea : Various Artists (Blue Murder) (1994)
The Music Never Stopped - Roots of the Grateful Dead : The Pindar Family with Joseph Spence (1995)
Out On The Rolling Sea : Various Artists (1995)
I Bid You Goodnight : Any Old Time String Band (1996)

As a section of A Very Cellular Song
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter : Incredible String Band (1968)

Sleep On Beloved
Waterson-Carthy : Waterson-Carthy (1995)

Notes

A traditional 'lowering down' funeral song. The Dead version originates from the Joseph Spence/Pindar Family version, I Bid You Good Night, from the Bahamas. I Bid You Good Night appears to share a common ancestry with Sleep On Beloved from North East England.

The We Bid You Goodnight title is only used for Dead-related versions of the song.

A possible source for these songs is the hymn The Christian's "Good Night" written by Ira Sankey and Sarah Doudney probably towards the end of the nineteenth century. The words of the hymn are as follows;

Sleep on, beloved, sleep, and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head upon the Savior's breast;
We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best--
Good night! Good night! Good night!

Calm is thy slumber as an infant's sleep;
But thou shalt wake no more to toil and weep;
Thine is a perfect rest, secure and deep--
Good night! Good night! Good night!

Until the shadows from this earth are cast,
Until He gathers in His sheaves at last;
Until the twilight gloom be over past--
Good night! Good night! Good night!

Until the Easter glory lights the skies,
Until the dead in Jesus shall arise,
And He shall come, but not in lowly guise--
Good night! Good night! Good night!

Until, made beautiful by love divine,
Thou, in the likeness of thy Lord shalt shine,
And He shall bring that golden crown of thine--
Good night! Good night! Good night!

Only "Good night," beloved--not "farewell!"
A little while, and all His saints shall dwell
In hallowed unison indivisible--
Good night! Good night! Good night!

Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in the spotless robe He gives His own,
Until we know even as we are known--
Good night! Good night! Good night!

The music can be heard by loading the following web page; http://tch.simplenet.com/htm/goodnite.htm

The We Bid You Good Night on Live/Dead is thought to be from the 3.2.69 show at the Fillmore West.