If I Lose

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Charlie Poole (192?)
New Lost City Ramblers, Vol. 5 : New Lost City Ramblers (1963)
Mainer's Mountaineers : J.E. Mainers's Mountaineers (1973)
Sandman : Herb Petersen (1977)
Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers (197?)
Starday Sessions : Stanley Brothers (1984)
Lighthouse On The Shore : Norman Blake (1985)
Norman & Nancy Blake Compact Disk : Norman & Nancy Blake (1986)
Home Is Where The Heart Is : David Grisman (1988)
Rounder Old Time Music : Various Artists (Norman Blake) (1988)
Blizard Train : Ralph Blizard & The New Southern Ramblers (1989)
Old-time Country & Fiddle Tunes : Northern Valley Boys (198?)
Early Years 1958-61 : The Stanley Brothers (1994)

Performance History

Played by the Black Mountain Boys on the 7th March 1964.

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

Notes

Original song called If I Lose, I Don't Care or If I Lose, Let Me Lose. Stanley Brothers adapted this as If I Lose.

Song writing credits are sometimes given to Ralph Stanley or the Stanley Brothers, sometimes given as Traditional.

The lyrics used in the Black Mountain Boys version are as follows;

I never thought I'd be here, but now I've found I'm wrong,
So come on back sweet mama, back where you belong,
I rambled all around here and I found that I could win,
So come on back and pick me up again.

If I lose, let me lose,
I don't care how much I lose,
If I lose a hundred dollars while I'm trying to win a dime,
My baby she got money all the time.

Of all the other gals I've met none could take your place,
(?........) just ain't in the race,
I rambled all around and I found that I could win,
So come on back and pick me up again.

If I lose, let me lose,
I don't care how much I lose,
If I lose a hundred dollars while I'm trying to win a dime,
My baby she got money all the time.

If I lose, let me lose,
I don't care how much I lose,
If I lose a hundred dollars while I'm trying to win a dime,
My baby she got money all the time.