Crow Black Chicken

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Leake County Ramblers (192?)
New Lost City Ramblers, Vol. 4 : New Lost City Ramblers (1962)
Tom Paley, Mike Seeger And John Cohen Sing Songs Of The New Lost City Ramblers : New Lost City Ramblers (1978)
New River Jam : Skyland Strings (197?)
Early Years (1958-1962) : New Lost City Ramblers (1991)
Delusions Of Banjer : Bad Livers (1992)
Old Timey Music : New Lost City Ramblers (19??)

Performance History

Played by the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers in San Carlos on June 11th 1962.

Not performed by the Grateful Dead. Occurs only on pre-Dead tapes featuring future members of the dead.

Notes

The tune and some of the lyrics are similar to those of the Run Mountain performed by the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers in the same set.

Crow Black Chicken lyrics are as follows;

I went up on the mountain to give my horn a blow,
I thought I heard my true love say 'Yonder goes my beau.'

(Chorus)
Crow black chicken and crow for day,
Crow black chicken and fly away,
Crow black chicken and crow for day,
I love chicken pie.

Chicken crow for midnight, chicken crow for day,
Along comes an owl, ooh-haa! Knocked that chicken away.

Chorus...

Chicken crow for midnight, chicken crow for day,
Along comes a Ford, ooh-haa! Knocked that chicken away.

Chorus...

The hardest work I ever done was plough a field of rye,
The easiest work I ever done was eating chicken pie.

Chorus...

Oh wish I had a big frame house, fifteen stories high,
Every story in that house was filled with chicken pie.

Chorus...