Walking Boss

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

Garcia & Grisman : Garcia & Grisman (1991)
Acoustic Disc - 100% Handmade Music, Vol. 1 : Various Artists (Garcia & Grisman) (1993)

Other Recordings

Clarence Ahsley (192?)
Old-Time Music at Clarence Ashley's, Vol 2 : Various Artists (Clarence Ashley) (1962)
Memories : Doc Watson (1975)
On The Great Divide : New Lost City Ramblers (1975)
Days Of Forty Nine : Jeff Warner & Jeff Davis (1977)
Original Folkway Recordings : Doc Watson (1994)
Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, 1960-1962 : Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson (1994)

Performance History

Played by Garcia, solo, 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

Introduced by Garcia on the 11/10/62 tape "This is a song that was recorded by Clarence Ashley back in the 20's."

The lyrics used by Garcia are fairly difficult to hear on the tape but approximate to the following;

Walking boss, walking boss, walking boss,
Oh, I don't belong to you,

I belong, I belong, I belong,
To the steel driving crew.

(Work?) one day, work one day, work one day,
Then lay in the shanty (too?).

Asked that boss for a job, for a job,
He said, "Son, what can you do?"

(inaudible line)
And pick and shovel too.

Walking boss, walking boss, walking boss,
Oh, I don't belong to you,

I belong, I belong, I belong,
To the steel driving crew.