Hold The Woodpile Down

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Uncle Dave Macon (192?)
New Lost City Ramblers, Vol 3 : New Lost City Ramblers (1961)
Uncle Dave Macon : Uncle Dave Macon (1963)
Doc Watson On Stage (featuring Merle Watson) : Doc Watson (1971)
Go 'Long Mule : Uncle Dave Macon & The Fruit Jar Drinkers (197?)

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

Lryrics from the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers version;

Went to town the other night,
Hold the woodpile down,
Heard a little noise, sound like a fight,
Hold the woodpile down,
Police running, jumping all around,
Hold the woodpile down,
All the moonshiners come to town,
Hold the woodpile down.

(Chorus)
And I was rambling, rambling,
As long as the world goes round,
The backyard shine on the Georgia line,
Hold the woodpile down.

Saw my love the other night,
Hold the woodpile down,
Everything's wrong and nothing was right,
Hold the woodpile down,
Give a little kiss to make her happy,
Hold the woodpile down,
Make a little love, in walks her pappy,
Hold the woodpile down.

Chorus...

Storekeeper swallowed a nickel one day,
Hold the woodpile down,
Well it was crazy I would say,
Hold the woodpile down,
Folks 'll tell you what it's about,
Hold the woodpile down,
Oh he's a nickel in and a nickel out,
Hold the woodpile down.

Chorus...

Down the packing house, stole a ham,
Hold the woodpile down,
Oh folks don't know how bad I am,
Hold the woodpile down,
Took it home and put it on a shelf,
Hold the woodpile down,
Oh I'm so bad I'm scared of myself,
Hold the woodpile down.

Chorus...

Love my wife and love my baby,
Hold the woodpile down,
Love my biscuits soaked in gravy,
Hold the woodpile down,
Love my dice and throw my passes,
Hold the woodpile down,
Love my flapjack soaked in 'lasses,
Hold the woodpile down.

Chorus...

The chorus of the song is thought to be from "Roll the Woodpile Down", an African-American riverboat workers song.