Wagoner's Lad

Song composer(s)


Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

Buell Kazee (1928)
Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1 - Ballads : Various Artists (Buell Kazee) (1952, reissue 1997)
Songs of Courting and Romance : Peggy Seeger (1955)
Songs of Courting and Complaint : Peggy Seeger (1955)
Bowling Green : Kossoy Sisters with Erik Darling (1956)
American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1 : Pete Seeger (1957)
Buell Kazee Sings and Plays : Buell Kazee (1958)
I Ain't Got No Home : Cisco Houston (1960)
Joan Baez, Vol. 2 : Joan Baez (1961)
Jack Orion : Bert Jansch (1966)
Banjo Music Of The Southern Appalachians : Kossoy Sisters (196?)
Obray Ramsey Sings Folk Songs From The Three Laurels : Obray Ramsey (196?)
Porches Of The Poor : Jean & Lee Schilling (1971)
Ballad Book : Joan Baez (1972)
American Folk Songs For Children : Peggy & Mike Seeger (1977)
Diamonds - Best of the Vanguard Years : Joan Baez (1991)
After The Dance : Bert Jansch/John Renbourn (1992)
Rare, Live & Classic : Joan Baez (1993)
Mountain Music of Kentucky : Various Artists (Mr. & Mrs. John Sams) (1996) (Expanded version of 1960 LP)
Instrumental Music & Songs Of The Southern Appalachians : Eric Darling (19??)
Bluegrass Music From The Southern Appalachians : Various Artists (19??)

Performance History

Played by an unnamed bluegrass band with Garcia on banjo at an unknown venue in Burlingame in January 1962.

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


The traditional song Wagoner's Lad or The Wagoner's Lad

Sung a capella by Garcia;

The heart is the Autumn of all womankind,
They're always controlled, they're always confined,
Controlled by their parents until they are wives,
Then slaves to their husbands the rest of their lives.

I am a poor girl my fortune is sad,
I've always been courted by the wagoner's lad,
He courted me daily, by night and by day,
And now he is loaded and going away.

Your horses are hungry, go feed them on hay,
Come down by me darling as long as you may,
My horses ain't hungry, they won't eat your hay,
So fare ye well darling I'm going away.

Your parents don't like me because I am poor,
They say I'm not worthy of entering your door,
I work for my living, my money's my own,
And if they don't like me they can leave me alone.

Your wagon needs greasing, your whip is to mend,
Come here down beside me as long as you can,
My wagon is greasy, my whip's in my hand,
So fare ye well darling, (I'll no longer stand?)

This or similar related songs occur as An Inconstant Lover, The Rambling Gambler, My Horses Ain't Hungry and I'm A Rambler, I'm A Gambler.

Circulates on Pre-Dead tapes as Wagoner's West