Two Little Boys

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Bluegrass At Carnegie Hall : The Country Gentlemen (1962)
Mike O'Rourke & the Free Born Men (1972)
25 Years : The Country Gentlemen (1980)
Acoustic Music to Suit Most Occasions : Deighton Family (1988)
Bathtub Blues : Greg Brown (1993)
Peace Together : Various Artists (1993)
Melody Ranch Girl : Jean Shepard (1996)
Early Rebel Recordings : Country Gentlemen (1998)
Songs of the Civil War : Various Artists (simon & Verity Grace) (1998)
Two Little Boys : Jeff Warner & Jeff Davis (199?)
Jim Greer & the Mac-O-Chee Valley Boys (19??)

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

The lyrics used by the Black Mountain Boys are as follows;

Two little boys had two little toys
Each had a wooden horse
Gaily they played [each] summer day
Four year's old [?]

Then one chap had a mishap
Broke off his horses head
He wept for his toy then he cried for joy
When he heard his brother say

Do you think I would leave you crying
There's room on my horse for you
Climb up behind, stop your crying
We'll mend up your horse with glue

When we grow up we'll both be soldiers
Our horses will not be toys
Then maybe you will remember
When we were two little boys

[Long] years have passed, war came at last
Bravely they marched away
Cannons roared loud, amid that bright crowd
Where wounded and dying Joe lay

Then came a cry, a rider came by
Out of the ranks of blue
He galloped away to where Joe lay
And he heard his brother say

Do you think I would leave you dying
There's room on my horse for you
Climb up behind Joe, stop your [?]
[?] (note 1)

Can't you see Jack I'm all a-trembling
It may be the flask and the noise
But maybe because I remember
When we were two little boys

Note 1 - At the end of this verse they forget the words. At the end of the song they apologise to the audience by saying "Sometimes you forget"