Ramble On Rose
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia


Reprinted with permissions copyright Ice Nine Publishing


Numbering the song among his favorites, Robert Hunter stated in an interview in Relix (vol 5, no. 2, p. 25) that "Ramble on Rose is a particular favorite--there's something funny about that song."



Just like Jack the Ripper
Just like Mojo Hand
Just like Billy Sunday
In a shotgun rag-time band

Just like New York City
Just like Jericho
Pace the halls and climb the walls
And get out when they blow

Did you say your name was Rambling Rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on Rose

Just like Jack and Jill
Mama told the jailer
One heat up and one cool down
Leave nothing for the tailor

Just like Jack and Jill
Papa told the jailer
One go up and one come down
Do yourself a favour

Did you say your name was Rambling Rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on Rose

I'm gonna sing you
A hundred verses of ragtime
I know this song
It ain't never gonna end
I'm gonna march you up and down
Along the county line
Take you to the leader
Of the band

Just like Crazy Otto
Just like Wolfman Jack
Sitting plush with a royal flush
Aces back to back

Just like Mary Shelley
Just like Frankenstein
Clank your chains and count your change
And try to walk the line

Did you say your name was Rambling Rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on Rose

I'm gonna sing you
A hundred verses of ragtime
I know this song
It ain't never gonna end
I'm gonna march you up and down
Along the county line
Take you to the leader
Of the band

Goodbye Mama and Papa
Goodbye Jack and Jill
The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter
Either side of the hill


Did you say your name was Rambling Rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on Rose

Ramble on Rose



Ramble On Rose was introduced on Tuesday, October 19, 1971 at the Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.



Recordings

? May 1972 Europe '72
2 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 11
31 Oct 1980 Dead Ahead (video)
15 Jul 1998 Furthur Most (The Other Ones)

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