The Man Who Wrote 'Home Sweet Home' Never Was A Married Man

Song composer(s)

Unknown

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Never Was A Married Man
New Lost City Ramblers, Vol. 3 : New Lost City Ramblers (1961)
Songs Of The Tobacco Tags, Vol. 1 : Tobacco Tags (1984)
Charlie Parker & Mack Woolbright (19??)

Performance History

Played by Jerry and Sarah Garcia at the Tangent in Palo Alto in May 1963.

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

Notes

The title Never Was A Married Man is sometimes used.

Garcia introduces this song by saying, "We got married last week sometime, this song is fitting for the occasion." The lyrics of the version on the Jerry & Sarah Garcia tape are as follows;

Man comes home from work at night,
    hungry and he wants to eat
His wife is lying piled in the bed,
    lying there sound asleep
He gets so mad that he tears his hair,
    swears and declares that he won't stay there.

And the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home,
    never was a married man
He never had no loving wife,
    to greet him with a frying pan
She'll meet you at the door when you go to come in
    and knock you down with a rolling pin
And the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home,
    never was a married man.

A man comes home from work at night,
    tired and he goes to bed
Baby's lying there in the cradle,
    screaming loud enough to wake the dead
He sits and rocks for about an hour,
    with never a hand to help prepare.

And the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home,
    never was a married man
He never had no loving wife,
    to greet him with a frying pan
She'll meet you at the door when you go to come in
    and knock you down with a rolling pin
And the man that wrote the Home Sweet Home,
    never was a married man.