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KNOW YOU RIDER (Traditional) Robin Greenstein I learned this blues song from an Acoustic Hot Tuna recording. It is found in different versions and with different titles ("Woman's Blues", "Circle Round The Sun"). Indeed, James Taylor, The Grateful Dead and Hot Tuna have all recorded it in quite different ways. James recorded it as a slow lament entitled "Circle Round The Sun" backed by a string section. The Grateful Dead interpreted it as a bluegrass number, and Hot Tuna's acoustic finger-style blues version was the basis of my arrangement. The all knowing attitude of the weary woman just resonates through the years, and the simple images are stunning. Well I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone Well I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone You gonna miss your mama from rolling in your arms Well I know my baby he's bound to love me some Well I know my baby he's bound to love me some He throws his arms around me like a circle round the sun Well I laid down and I tried to take my rest I laid down and I tried to take my rest but my mind it just kept wandering like some wild geese in the west Iím going down the road where I get better care Iím going down the road where I get better care I believe Iíll go babe, I just donít feel welcome here Just as sure as the bird fly in the sky above Just as sure as the bird fly in the sky above Life ainít worth living if you ainít with the man you love The sunís gonna shine in my back door some day The sunís gonna shine in my back door some day The windís gonna rise and blow my blues away To love you baby, itís easy as falling off a log To love you baby, itís easy as falling off a log Wanna be your baby but I sure wonít be your dog ***** I KNOW YOU RIDER The Grateful Dead I know you, rider, gonna miss me when i'm gone; I know you, rider, gonna miss me when i'm gone; Gonna miss your baby, from rolling in your arms. Laid down last night, lord, i could not take my rest; Laid down last night, lord, i could not take my rest; My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west. The sun will shine in my back door someday. The sun will shine in my back door someday. March winds will blow all my troubles away. I wish i was a headlight, on a north bound train; I wish i was a headlight, on a north bound train; I'd shine my light through cool colorado rain. I know you, rider, gonna miss me when i'm gone; I know you, rider, gonna miss me when i'm gone; Gonna miss your baby, from rolling in your arms. ***** I KNOW YOU RIDER Hot Tuna I know you rider gonna miss me when I'm gone I know you rider gonna miss me when I'm gone Gonna miss your baby from rollin' in your arms Sun's gonna shine on my back door some day Sun's gonna shine on my back door some day And the wind's gonna rise up and blow my blues away I wish I was a headlight on a northbound train I wish I was a headlight on a northbound train I'd shine my headlight through the cool Colorado rain Lovin' you baby's 'bout as easy as rollin' off a log Lovin' you baby's 'bout as easy as rollin' off a log I'll be your daddy but I just won't be your dog ***** I KNOW YOU RIDER Janis Joplin - 1966 I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone You're gonna miss your lovin' baby runnin', I said runnin' in your arms Don't the moon look lonesome, when it's shinin' down through the trees Don't the moon look lonesome, when it's shinin' down through the trees Don't my, don't my man looks fine, when he comes runnin', runnin' after me I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone, honey when I'm gone Say now, I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone You're gonna miss your lovin' baby runnin', I said runnin' in your arms! I know you rider. you're gonna miss me when I'm gone I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone Yeah, you're gonna miss your lovin' baby runnin', oh, I said runnin' in your arms! And I know my baby, says he's bound to love me so, love me so Said I, I know my baby, and he's bound to love me so You know he'll close his arms around me, like a circle, he thinks I'll understand I know you rider Said you're gonna miss me when I'm gone ***** KNOW YOU RIDER Well I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone Well I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone You gonna miss your mama from rolling in your arms Well I know my baby he's bound to love me some Well I know my baby he's bound to love me some He throws his arms around me like a circle round the sun Well I laid down and I tried to take my rest I laid down and I tried to take my rest but my mind it just kept wandering like some wild geese in the west I'm going down the road where I get better care I'm going down the road where I get better care I believe I'll go babe, I just don't feel welcome here Just as sure as the bird fly in the sky above Just as sure as the bird fly in the sky above Life ain't worth living if you ain't with the man you love The sun's gonna shine in my back door some day The sun's gonna shine in my back door some day The wind's gonna rise and blow my blues away To love you baby, it's easy as falling off a log To love you baby, it's easy as falling off a log Wanna be your baby but I sure won't be your dog ***** I KNOW YOU RIDER I know you rider gonna miss me when I'm gone I know you rider gonna miss me when I'm gone Gonna miss you little momma from a-rolling in your arms I'm going down thr road where I can get more decent care I'm going down thr road where I can get more decent care Going back to my used to be rider cause I don't feel welcome here I know my baby sure is bound to love me some I know my baby sure is bound to love me some Cause he throws his arms around me like a circle around the sun I laid down last night trying to take a rest I laid down last night trying to take a rest But my mind kept rambling like the wild geese in the West I'm going down to the river set in my rockin' chair I'm going down to the river set in my rockin' chair And if the blues don't find me gonna rock away from here Loving you baby just as easy as rolling off a log Loving you baby just as easy as rolling off a log But if I can't be your woman sure ain't gonna be your dog I will cut your wood baby I will make your fire I will cut your wood baby I will make your fire And I will tote your water baby from that Fresno Bar Sun gonna shine in my back yard some day Sun gonna shine in my back yard some day And the wind gonna rise up baby blow my blues away (Contributed by Andy & Mogg - July 2003)

    


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