Friday Night Music: The Sugaree Variations

In between mocking wacko bird Republicans like Congressman Noogiebirther, I’ve had mortality on my mind today. That, in turn, gave me-you guessed it-an ear worm and the opening stanza of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter’s great tune, Sugaree, has been lodged in my head all day:

When they come to take you down
When they bring that wagon round
When they come to call on you
and drag your poor body down

First, the good old Grateful Dead:

Here’s a 2011 live version from some of NOLA’s finest rockers with some awesome bass work by the great George Porter:

Finally, Graham Parker: