Willow Garden

Song composer(s)


Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

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Other Recordings

Willow Garden
To You with Love: American Folk Songs for Women : Herta Marshall (1957)
Ballads & Bluegrass : Walter Forbes (1962)
Lonesome Feeling : Herb Peteron (1964)
Kenny Hall & The Sweets Mill String Band : Kenny Hall & The Sweets Mill String Band (1973)
Hutchison Brothers : Hutchison Brothers (1975)
Walls Of Time : Peter Rowan (1981)
Red Hot Pickers : Peter Rowan (1986)
It Ain't Right : Red Clay Ramblers (1986)
The Asch Recordings, 1939 to 1945, Vol. 2 : Various Artists (Hobart Smith & Tex Gladden) (19??)

Down In The Willow Garden
Charlie Monroe & his Kentucky Pardners (1950)
Bowling Green : Kossoy Sisters with Erik Darling (1956)
Osborne Brothers & Red Allen (1957)
Songs Our Daddy Taught Us : Everly Brothers (1958)
Folk Songs : Everly Brothers (1962)
Smokey Mountain Ballads : Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris (1964)
White Lightning : White Lightning (1969)
Zachariah Soundtrack : Various Artists (White Lightnin') (1971)
Walkin' in the Parlor - Old Time Music of the Southern Mountains : Iron Mountain String Band (1975)
Comin' Round The Mountain : Paul Wiley (197?)
Old Time North Carolina Mountain Music : David and Billie Ray Johnson (1985)
Home Is Where The Heart Is : David Grisman (1988)
Common Chord : David Grisman (1993)
Kitchen Tapes : Red Allen and Frank Wakefield (1994)
Heritage : Various Artists (1997)
MGM Days Of The Osborne Brothers : The Osborne Brothers (199?)

Rose Connelly
Bluegrass : David Johnson (1983)
Tom Dooley (Frank Profitt, Vol. 1) : Frank Profitt (1988)
Sings Like Hell : Peter Case (1994)
Ballads & Songs : Various Artists (Grayson & Whitter) (19??)

Performance History

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

Played by Old & In The Way.

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


A traditional song which occurs in a variety of forms. It is most usually called "Willow Garden" or "Down In The Willow Garden". The title "Rose Connelly", which is generally used on most circulating copies of the Burlingame tape, is used less often elsewhere.

"Willow Garden" is used here as that name is used when the song is introduced during Olsd & In The Way sets.

The version on the Burlingame tape is incomplete;

As I (cut)....

... with my dagger,
Which was a bloody knife,
Threw her into the river,
Which was a dreadful sight.

My daddy often told me,
That money would send me through,
If I would murder that dear little girl,
By the name of Rose Connelly.

And now he sits by his own cottage door,
A-wiping his tearful eye,
A-waiting for his own dear son,
Who hangs on the gallows, to die.

My race is run beneath the sun,
All hell is waiting for me,
For I have murdered that dear little girl,
By the name of Rose Connelly.