Run Mountain

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

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Other Recordings

Run Mountain
Good Ole Mountain Music : Wade Mainer & Mountaineers (1959) New Lost City Ramblers, Vol. 4 : New Lost City Ramblers (1962)
Good Ole Mountain Music : J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (196?)
J.E. Mainer's Mountainerrs : Mainer's Mountaineers (1973)
Dulcimer - More Old Time And Traditional Music : Ralph Lee Smith (1975)
Plank Road String Band : Plank Road String Band (1976)
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame : J.E.Mainer's Mountaineers (1987)
Oh Boy! O'Boy! : Tim O'Brien & The O'Boys (1993) )
Run Mountain : J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (1997)

Chuck A Little Hill
Songs Of The Old West : Ed McCurdy (196?)

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

The Chuck A Little Hill title is rare and derives from the use of that line in the chorus.

The tune and some of the lyrics are similar to those of the Crow Black Chicken performed by the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers in the same set.

Here's the full lyrics of the version performed by the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers


Goin' on the mountain,
Get me a load of pine,
Put it on the wagon,
I rode down behind.

(Chorus)
Run mountain, chuck a little hill,
Run mountain, chuck a little hill,
Run mountain, chuck a little hill,
There you'll get your fill.

Many miles from my home,
Roosters crow for day,
Me upstairs with another man's wife,
Better be getting away.

Chorus...

Way up on the mountain,
Give my horn a blow,
Thought I heard my true love say,
It's coming from my (beau?)

Chorus...

When I'm in the fields hard at work,
I sit down to play,
Thinking of my own true love,
She's many miles away.

Chorus...

Wished I had a needle and thread,
Fine as I could sew,
Sew my pretty girl to my side,
Down the road I'd go.

Chorus...

Once I had a little girl,
Got her from the south,
Only thing that's wrong with her,
She had too big a mouth.

Chorus...

Took my girl to the blacksmiths shop,
To have her mouth made small,
Turned around a time or two,
Swallowed that shop and all.

Chorus...

The "Way up on the mountain, Give my horn a blow" is a floating verse that occurs in many traditional songs such as Crow Black Chicken (see above) and Old Joe Clark.