Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad

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Grateful Dead Recordings

Grateful Dead (Skull and Roses) (1971)
One From The Vault (1991)
Dick's Picks Vol. 2 (1995)
Hundred Year Hall (1995)
Dozin' At The Knick (1996)
Dick's Picks Vol. 12 (1998)

Dead Related Recordings

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Other Recordings

Henry Whittier (1923)
Instrumental Music Of The Southern Appalachians : Various Artists (Etta Baker) (1956)
Raymond Johnson & the Birchfield Twins (1956)
Stoneman Family Old Time Songs : J.J. Neese (1957)
Folksongs & Instrumentals With Guitar : Elizabeth Cotton (1958)
Burl Ives, Vol. 3 : Burl Ives (195?)
Folk Music of Washington Square : Various Artists (Jolly Robinson) (1962)
Sings Folk Songs, Vol. 2 : Woody Guthrie (1964)
One Of A Kind : Woody Guthrie (1964)
Music From The Ozarks : Various Artists (1964)
Carolina Tar Heels : Carolina Tar Heels (1965)
American Banjo : Veronica Stoneman Cox (1966)
Camp Creek Boys : Camp Creek Boys (1967)
Cisco Houston Sings American Folk Songs : Cisco Houston (1968)
Music For Pickin' & Singing : Etta Baker (196?)
Foggy Mountain Banjo : Flatt & Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys (196?)
At The Chicago Opera House : The New Wine Singers (196?)
Folk Banjo Styles : Eric Weissberg (196?)
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down : John Jackson (1970)
Wade Mainer & The Mainers Mountaineers : Wade Mainer & The Mainers Mountaineers (1971)
33 Years Of Pickin' & Pluckin' : Snuffy Jenkins & Pappy Sherrill (1971)
DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters : DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters (1972)
Elementary Doctor Watson : Doc Watson (1973)
Mountain Fiddler : Herbert Smoke (1973)
Woody's Story: As Told by Will Geer and Sung by Dick Wingfield : Will Geer & Dick Wingfield (1973)
Five String Banjo : Art Rosenbaum (1974)
Outback : Pine River Boys With Maybelle (1974)
Music From The Hills Of Caldwell County : Fred Reid (1975)
End Of An Old Song : Dillard Chandler (1975)
How To Play Clawhammer Banjo : Peter Feldmann (1975)
Original Rebel Soldier : Charlie Moore (1976)
Everhart : Bob Everhart (1978)
Dulcimer Instruction Album : Kevin Roth (1979)
Folk Festival Of The Smokies, Vol. 1 : Various Artists (Blue Ridge Mountain Dancers) (197?)
Folk Festival Of The Smokies, Vol. 1 : Various Artists (Cecil & Annette Null) (197?)
Comin' Round The Mountain : Roy Caudhill (197?)
Round The Heart Of Old Galax, Vol. 1 Featuring Ernest Stoneman : Ernest Stoneman (1980)
Someday We'll Meet Again : Iron Mountain Band (1981)
Survivors : Johnny Cash (1982)
Down Yonder - Old Time String Band Music from Georgia : Gordon Tanner (1982)
Folk Visions and Voices - Traditional Music and Song inNorthern Georgia, Vol. 2 : Various Artists (George Childers) (1984)
Old Time North Carolina Mountain Music : David and Billie Ray Johnson (1985)
Everhart Alive at Avoca : Bob Everhart (1985)
Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes : Elizabeth Cotten (1989)
Goin' Up Town - Old Time String Bands, Vol. 2 : Various Artists (Cherokee Ramblers) (198?)
Pickin' On Tommy's Porch : Tommy Jarrell (198?)
Treasures Untold : Doc Watson & Family (1991)
Blue Lightning : Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin (1991)
Round Peak Band : Round Peak Band (1992)
Pine Knots School Rowdies : The Kimble Family (1992)
Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston Vols 1 & 2 (1995)
The Music Never Stopped - Roots of the Grateful Dead : Woody Guthrie (1995)
This Land is Your Land - The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1 : Woody Guthrie (1997)
Tennessee Guitar Man : Chet Atkins (19??)
Sings Folk Songs : Big Bill Broonzy (19??)


Lead vocals - Garcia.

Possibly derived from a southern slave song. Recorded in many different versions and with many different titles including; "Going Down This Road", "I'm A-goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad ", "Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way", "Blowin' Down The Road", "Lonesome Road Blues"

One of the Dylan/Band (Hawks) Basement Tapes songs - as No Shoes On My Feet.

Occurs in John Ford's 1940 file The Grapes Of Wrath as Lonesome Road Blues.

An indication of the way verses were strung together to make songs in the oral tradition is given by a song recorded by Odum (1926), and given the title Goin' Down That Lonesome Road, which includes lyrics familiar to us in the Dead's repetoire from GDTRFB and In The Pines;

Goin' down dat lonesome road,
Oh, goin' down dat lonesome road,
An' I won't be treated this-a way.
Springs on my bed done broken down,
An' I ain't got nowhere to lay my head.

Now my mamma's dead an' my pappa, too
An' it left me alone with you.
An' you cause me to weep an' you cause me to moan,
An' you cause me to leave my happy home.

Longest train I ever saw
Was nineteen coaches long
Darlin' what have I done to you?
What makes you treat me so?
An' I won't be treated this way.