Beat It On Down the Line (Jesse Fuller) '61 Jesse Fuller Sings and Plays Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals and Blues
Good Morning, Little School Girl (Sonny Boy Williamson) Joe Turner '58 Piney Woods Blues, Muddy Waters '64 Folk Singer
Cold Rain and Snow Traditional folk song "Rain and Snow" included in Cecil Sharp's book English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, as sung in 1916 by Mrs. Tom Rice. The Dead version is based on the version in Obray Ramsey Sings Folk Songs from the Three Laurels ['61]. It was also performed live in the 60s by bluegrass groups such as Bill Monroe's and Del McCoury's.
Sitting on Top of the World (Walter Jacobs, Lonnie Carter) Mississippi Sheiks [1930], Two Poor Boys (Evans & McLain) [1931], Alabama Sheiks [1931], Leon's Lone Star Cowboys ['32], Milton Brown ['34], Bob Wills ['35], several bluegrass and blues versions in the 50s and 60s.
Morning Dew (Dobson, Rose) Bonnie Dobson at Folk City [1962] and Hootenanny with Bonnie Dobson [1963]; Vince Martin & Fred Neil ['64, Tear Down the Walls]; '66 single by the Id, '67 single by the Human Beings; Tim Rose [1967].
New, New Minglewood Blues (Noah Lewis, Grateful Dead) Cannon's Jug Stompers
Viola Lee Blues (Noah Lewis) Cannon's Jug Stompers
ANTHEM OF THE SUN (1968) all originals
Dupree's Diamond Blues Based on a family of traditional songs "Betty and Dupree", "Dupree Blues", "Diamond Ring Blues"
LIVE/DEAD (1969)
Turn On Your Love Light (Deadric Malone; actually, Joe Scott) 1961 Bobby Bland
Death Don't Have No Mercy (trad., Rev. Gary Davis) Rev. Gary Davis Pure Religion! [1960]; recorded by John Hammond on Mirrors.
And We Bid You Goodnight (trad.) From a version "I Bid You Goodnight" by Joseph Spence and the Pindar Family [1965 The Real Bahamas, Vol. 1]. It had its origin in the English hymns "Sleep On Beloved", in turn from "Christian's Good Night" by Ira Sankey and Sarah Doudney [late 19th century]. The Incredible String Band recorded it as part of "A Very Cellular Song" from The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter [1968].
WORKINGMAN'S DEAD (1970) all originals
AMERICAN BEAUTY (1970) all originals
GRATEFUL DEAD (1971) live
Mama Tried (Merle Haggard) Merle Haggard ['68]
Big Railroad Blues (Noah Lewis) Cannon's Jug Stompers
Me and My Uncle (John Phillips) Judy Collins' Concert ['64]
Big Boss Man (Al Smith, Luther Dixon) Jimmy Reed ['60]
Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson, Fed Foster) Kristofferson [1970]; Ramblin' Jack Elliott ['70, Bull Durham Sacks and Railroad Tracks], Charley Pride ['70, Just Plain Charlie]
Johnny B. Goode (Berry) Chuck Berry
Not Fade Away (Norman Petty, Buddy Holly) Buddy Holly ['57], Rolling Stones ['64]
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (trad.) Henry Whitter ('23), Ernest Stoneman, Kalee Brewer; Carolina Tar Heels ?; Woody Guthrie; many in 50s and 60s.
EUROPE '72 (1972) live
You Win Again (Hank Williams) Hank Williams ['52]
I Know You Rider (trad.) "Woman Blue" in the 1934 John Lomax & Alan Lomax collection Amercan Ballads & Folk Songs. First recorded by Tossi Aaron ['60, Tossi Sings Folk Songs and Ballads], Joan Baez ['61] and several other folk singers.
It Hurts Me Too Tampa Red ['40], Elmore James ['58]
STEAL YOUR FACE (1976) live
Around and Around (Check Berry) Chuck Berry ['58]
Big River (Johnny Cash) Johnny Cash ['57]
El Paso (Marty Robbins) Marty Robbins ['59]
The Promised Land (Chuck Berry) Chuck Berry ['64]
It Must Have Been the Roses (Robert Hunter) Robert Hunter ['74, Tales of the Great Rum Runners]. Hunter was a frequent cowriter on Dead songs.
Samson & Delilah Blind Willie Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis Gospel, Blues & Street Songs
Dancing in the Street (William Stevenson, Marvin Gaye, Ivy Joe Hunter) Martha & the Vandellas ['64]
Good Lovin' (Arthur Resnick, Rudy Clark) Olympics ['65], Young Rascals ['66]
Stagger Lee is a new Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter version, not the traditional song.
New, New Minglewood Blues (Noah Lewis, Grateful Dead) Cannon's Jug Stompers
Don't Ease Me In (Henry Thomas). Henry Thomas. Previously a 1966 single for the Dead.
RECKONING (1981) live
The Race Is On (Don Rollins) George Jones ['65]
Dark Hollow (trad., Bill Browning) "58 singles by Bill Browning, Jimmy Skinner, and Luke Gordon. Related to traditional song families "East Virginia (Blues)" or "Little Birdie".
I've Been All Around This World (trad.) Grandpa Jones ['46, King 524]. Many related folk songs: "My Father Was a Gambler", "Hang Me Oh Hang Me", "Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains", "Dixon and Johnson" or "The Three Butchers".
The Monkey and the Engineer (Fuller) Jesse Fuller ['61 Jesse Fuller Sings and Plays Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals and Blues]
Jack-a-roe (trad.) Tom Paley ['53, Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachian Mountains]. AKA "Love of Polly and Jack Monroe" or "Jack the Sailor"
Deep Elem Blues (trad.) Lone Star Cowboys ['33], Prairie Ramblers ['35], Shelton Brothers
Rosa Lee McFall (Monroe) Charlie Monroe ['49]
On the Road Again (trad. or Shade, Jones) Memphis Jug Band ['28]
DEAD SET (1981) live
Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon) Howlin' Wolf ['61]