Dark Hollow

Song composer(s)

Traditional / Browning, Bill

Grateful Dead Recordings

History of the Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice) (1973)
Reckoning (1981)

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Dark Hollow
Jimmie Skinner (1958)
Luke Gordon (1958)
Hills of Home : Ralph Stanley (1969)
Les Hall & the Bluegrass Mastertone Boys (1969)
One Morning In May : Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys (1971)
Muleskinner : Muleskinner (1973)
Live At The Cellar Door : Seldom Scene (1975)
Midnight On The Water : David Bromberg (1975)
Livin' In The Past : Kentucky Colonel's (1975)
The Mac Wiseman Story : Mac Wiseman (1976)
Down To Earth Bluegrass : Dub Crouch, Norman Ford & The Bluegrass Rounders (197?)
Early Dawg : David Grisman (1980)
Long Time Gone : John Starling (1990)
Potpourri Of Bluegrass Jam : Muleskinner (1994)
Roustabouts (19??)
Ted Lundy & Fred Hanna & the Southern Mountain Boys (19??)
Reedy Creek Bluegrass Band (19??)
Deep Valley Boys (19??)
Blue Grass : New Deal String Band (19??)

Dark Holler Blues
Clarence Ashley (1928)
Friends Of Old Time Music : Various Artists (Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton) (1964)
Fiddlers Convention In Mountain City : Various Artists (Clarence Ashley) (1972)


Lead vocals - Weir.

Credited to Bill Browning on Bear's Choice and Reckoning. But it is a member of a family of traditional songs which usually occur as East Virginia Blues, East Virgina or Dark Holler Blues. The traditional song Little Birdie (see Pre-Dead tapes song list below) is related and shares the "I'd rather be in some dark holler" verse.

There are many variations but these usually contain one or more of the following verses;

I was born in East Virginia,
North Carolina I did go,
There I met the fairest maiden,
Her name and age I did not know.

Well her hair was dark in color,
And her cheeks were rosy red,
On her breast she wore a white lily,
Where I longed to lay my head.

I wish I was in some dark holler,
Where the sun would never shine,
Than for you to be in some man's arms,
And to know you'll never be mine.

These lyrics are taken from the version on the tape by an unknown bluegrass band that included Garcia, recorded in Burlingame in January 1962.

For more information about East Virginia Blues see the entry in the Pre-Dead song section.

The later song Greenback Dollar is a derivation from this song family.