Tennessee Jed (5:57)

Cover of Electric Dirt

From Electric Dirt

Tennessee Jed is a classic composition by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia and was part of the Grateful Dead’s repertoire for most of their career. The “post-Dead” bands such as Bob Weir’s RatDog and Phil Lesh and Friends have also made this a regular song.


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Cold iron shackles and ball and chain
Listen to the whistle of the evenin' train
You know you bound to wind up dead
If you don't head back to Tennessee Jed

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  • stevemainwaring

    I'd like to think that Garcia and Hunter would have approved

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    This is even better than the Grateful Dead original, which is pretty good.

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mjmahaney

    This is what real folk music evolved to. I'm so glad I was around when they were playing.

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • johnnytherat

    god bless and r.i.p. levon helm

    22 Apr 2012 Reply

    Allways wonder'd who elton john was singing about.Levon

    7 Mar 2012 Reply

    Yes It's hardest thing I ever done.Was leaving Tennessee.

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Zerubabbel

    It sounds that those that are spiritualy called unto Tennesse whit out it being a prayer for them to do so, should hurry on back to Tennesse! Reguardless if their name be Jed!

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • nschmidt43

    God bless you, Levon. You are a national treasure.

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • sc8tty

    you can't beat the dead version with jerry on vocals, but levon's voice is perfect for this song. great cover!

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • julianweisser

    Gotta love Levon!

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • maestrom45

    Lovin' it

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
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    17 Sep 2009 Reply
  • g1viper

    This song is totally rock.specially living in TN.

    4 Jul 2009 Reply

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