Handsome Molly

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Grayson & Whitter (192?)
Old Time Music At Clarence Ashley's (Vol. 1) : Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton (1961)
The Country Gentlemen Sing and Play Folk Songs And Bluegrass : The Country Gentlemen (1961)
Folk Song Festival : Stanley Brothers (1962)
Traditional Music from Grayson and Carroll Counties, Virginia: Songs, Tunes with Fiddle, Banjo and Band : Various Artists - Glen Neaves) (1962)
Old Time Country Music : Mike Seeger (1962)
The Country Gentlemen on the Road : The Country Gentlemen (1963)
Treasures Untold : Doc Watson (1964)
Chicago Mob Scene - A Folk Song Jam Session : Various Artists - Larry Ehrlich (196?)
Folk Banjo Styles : Tom Paley (196?)
From The Maple On The Hill : Wade Mainer (1976)
Going Down Lee Highway : Grayson & Whitter (1977)
The Bergerfolk, Vol. 4 - Pack Up Your Sorrows : The Bergerfolk (1978)
Rising Fawn String Ensemble : Norman Blake (1979)
Smokey Mountain Ballads : Harry West & Jeannie (197?)
Cider In The Kitchen : Howard Bursen (1980)
Hits From Home : Tom Bledsoe & Rich Kirby (1982)
Wild Over Us : Duffy Brothers (1982)
Grinning In Your Face : Martin Simpson (1983)
Evo's Autoharp : Evo Bluestein (1985)
Acoustic Music To Suit Most Occasions : The Deighton Family (1988)
Odd Man In : Tim O'Brien (1991)
Treasures Untold : Doc Watson (1992)
1959-1963 Box Set : Flatt & Scruggs (1992)
Early Starday-King Years 1958-61 : The Stanley Brothers (1994)
Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, 1960-1962 : Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson (1994)
Ian & Sylvia : Ian & Sylvia (1995)
Stanley Series, Vol 3 #4 : Stanley Brothers (19??)
1963-64 Newport Folk Festival Recordings : Doc Watson (19??)
Going Down Lee Highway 1927-1929 Recordings : Grayson and Whitter (19??)
Ballads & Songs : Various Artists (Grayson & Whitter) (19??)
Alex Campbell, Ola Belle & Deacon (19??)

Performance History

Played by the Hart Valley Drifters at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo on November 10th 1962.

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

Notes

Here are the lyrics of the version played by the Hart Valley Drifters;

I wish I was in London,
Or some other seaport Town,
Set my foot in a steamboat,
And sail the ocean 'round.

While sailing around the ocean,
While sailing around the sea,
I'd think of handsome Molly,
Wherever she might be.

Don't you remember, Molly,
You gave me your right hand,
Said that if you marry,
That I would be the man.

Now you've broke your promise,
Go home with whom you please,
My poor heart is breaking,
You're lying at your ease.

Went to church last Sunday,
She passed me on by,
Knew her mind was changing,
By the roving of her eye.

Roving of her eye,
Roving of her eye,
Knew her mind was changing,
By the roving of her eye.

I wish I was in London,
Or some other seaport Town,
Set my foot in a steamboat,
And sail the ocean 'round.

Sail around the ocean,
Sail around the sea,
Think of handsome Molly,
Wherever she might be.

Also occurs as Farewell Ballymoney, Loving Hannah and Lovely Molly