The Miller's Will

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

Not For Kids Only : Jerry Garcia and David Grisman (1993)

Other Recordings

Sings The Songs Of Men : Sam Hinton (1961)
New Lost City Ramblers, Vol. 4 : New Lost City Ramblers (1962)
Horton Barker - Traditional Singer : Horton Barker (1962)
Silver Dagger : Sarah Gunning (1976)
Almanac Of New England Farm Songs : Margaret McArthur (1961)

Performance History

Played by Garcia and Nelson 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

A traditional song that dates back to at least the 17th century.

The lyrics of the version performed by Garcia & Nelson are as follows;

There was a old miller and he lived all alone,
He had three sons all fully grown,
When the time came to make out his will,
All he had left was a little grist mill.

Singing fol-dig-a-dol fol-dig-a doe

He called to him his youngest son,
Said, Son, oh, son my race is run,
If I a miller of you make,
Tell to me what toll you'd take.

Singing fol-dig-a-dol fol-dig-a doe

Father, oh, father my name is Bill,
Out of each bushel I'd take a gill,
Not enough, not enough, the old man said,
On such a little you'd never get ahead.

Singing fol-dig-a-dol fol-dig-a doe

He called to him his second son,
Said, Son, oh, son my race is run,
If I a miller of you make,
Tell to me what toll you'd take.

Singing fol-dig-a-dol fol-dig-a doe

Father, oh, father my name is Ralph,
Out of each bushel I'd take a half,
Not enough, not enough, the old man said,
On such a little you'd never get ahead.

Singing fol-dig-a-dol fol-dig-a doe

He called to him his eldest son,
Said, Son, oh, son my race is run,
If I a miller of you make,
Tell to me what toll you'd take.

Singing fol-dig-a-dol fol-dig-a doe

Father, oh, father my name is Paul,
Out of each bushel I'd take it all,
Hallelujah, the old man cried,
And then he turned up his toes and died.

Singing fol-dig-a-dol fol-dig-a doe

They buried him away in a little box grave,
Some do not think his soul was saved,
Where he went I could not say,
But I rather believe he went the other way.

Singing fol-dig-a-dol fol-dig-a doe

Also occurs as There Was An Old Miller and as The Miller's Three Sons.

Occurs on circulating tapes of the Garcia and Nelson set as Miller's Song