Foggy Mountain Top

Song composer(s)

Traditional / Carter Family

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Monroe Brothers (1936)
Mountain Music Bluegrass Style : Various Artists (Earl Taylor, Walter Hensley, Sam Hutchins) (1959)
Pickin' & Blowin' : George Pegram & Red Parham (195?)
New Lost City Ramblers EP : New Lost City Ramblers (1961)
Mid The Green Fields Of Virginia : The Carter Family (1963)
23 Bluegrass Favorites : Raymond Fairchild & The Frosty Mountain Boys (1967)
20 Bluegrass Favorites : Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with the Stoney Mountain Boys (1967)
Songs Of The Famous Carter Family : Flatt & Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys (196?)
Feast Here Tonight : Monroe Brothers (1975)
All In One Evening : Ola Belle Reed & Bud Reed (1978)
This Is Rose Maddox : Rose Maddox & The Vern Williams Band (1980)
Musical Shapes : Carlene Carter (1980)
20 Of The Best : The Carter Family (1984)
Home Is Where The Heart Is : David Grisman (1988)
Early Years (1958-1962) : New Lost City Ramblers (1991)
1959-1963 Box Set : Flatt & Scruggs (1992)
Off the Record, Vol. 2- Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980 : Bill Monroe & Doc Watson (1993)
My Clinch Mountain Home - The Complete Victor Recordings, 1928-1929 : The Carter Family (1993)
Bluegrass From The Gold Country : Vern Williams (1996)
Rose Of The West Country : Rose Maddox (199?) Tennessee Guitar Man : Chet Atkins (19??)
Newport Folk Festival : Various Artists (New Lost City Ramblers) (19??)
The Folk Box : Various Artists (New Lost City Ramblers) (19??)
'Mid The Green Fields of Virginia : Carter Family (19??)
The Legendary Monroe Brothers Collection : Monroe Brothers (19??)
The Legendary Carter Family : Carter Family (19??)
Ray Hoskins & the Cody Mountain (19??)

Performance History

Played by Jerry and Sarah Garcia at the Tangent in Palo Alto in May 1963.

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

Notes

Authorship uncertain. Does not appear to occur before recordings by the Carter Family and Monroe Brothers in the 1930s.

Most commonly called Foggy Mountain Top but sometimes occurs as On Some Foggy Mountain Top.

The lyrics of the version performed by Jerry & Sarah Garcia are as follows;

If I was on some foggy mountain top
I'd sail away to the west
I'd sail all around this old round world
To the girl I love the best.

It caused me to weep, it caused me to moan,
It caused me to leave my home
The lonesome pines and the good old times
I'm on my way back home.

If I was on some foggy mountain top
I'd sail away to the west
I'd sail all around this old round world
To the girl I love the best.

Now if I'd listened to what my mother said
I would not be here today
Just lying around this old jail house
Just wasting my young life away.

If I was on some foggy mountain top
I'd sail away to the west
I'd sail all around this old round world
To the girl I love the best.

Now if you see that gal of mine
There's something I want you to tell her
Tell her to not go waiting for me
Go court some other feller.

If I was on some foggy mountain top
I'd sail away to the west
I'd sail all around this old round world
To the girl I love the best.