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One Kind Favor / See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Composer: Traditional

One Kind Favor was performed by the Grateful Dead in 1966. The song was also performed by the Jerry Garcia/Merl Saunders group in between September 1971 and October 1973.

The most commonly used name for this song is See That My Grave Is Kept Clean. It was recorded with this title by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1928. On some recordings it occurs as One Kind Favor, Two White Horses In A Line and Dig My Grave With A Silver Spade or variations on these titles. The traditional/bluegrass song Sad And Lonesome Day is another variation of the song.

Many recordings give writing credit to Blind Lemon Jefferson but it was an existing "folk spiritual" that Jefferson learnt as Two White Horses In A Line. It is likely that a number of similar songs existed. The sheet music of an example of a similar song can be seen at the Historic American Sheet Music site.



Grateful Dead

info The Golden Road (1965-1973), Grateful Dead, 2001
info The Birth Of The Dead, Grateful Dead, 2003
info Birth Of The Dead, Vol. 2 (The Live Sides), 2014

Jerry Garcia

info Keystone Encores Volume 1, Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia / John Kahn / Bill Vitt, 1988
info Keystone Encores, Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia / John Kahn / Bill Vitt, 1988
info Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings, Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia, 2012

Other recordings

One Kind Favor or similar title

no info The Bag I'm In, Casey Anderson, 1962
no info Blues, Rags, and Hollers, Spider John Koerner/Dave Ray/Tony Glover, 1963
info In Concert, Peter, Paul and Mary, 1964
info How Can I Keep From Singing, Liz Getz, 1966
no info Living the Blues, Canned Heat, 1968
no info Lightnin'!, Lightnin' Hopkins, 1969
no info Dirty Blues, Lightnin' Hopkins, 1973
no info Country Blues Guitar, Stefan Grossman, 1977
no info Crossroads (White Blues in the 1960's), Various Artists (Koerner, Ray & Glover), 1984
no info Earthquake Blues, Robert Lowery, 1991
no info Live, John Hammond, 1992
info Step by Step: Lesley Riddle Meets the Carter Family: Blues, Country and Sacred Songs, Lesley Riddle, 1993
no info Here We Go!, The Ford Blues Band, 1994
no info Let It Leak, Tenderloin, 1994
no info Hard Road Blues, Hans Theessink, 1995
no info Canned Heat Blues Band, Canned Heat, 1996
info Archive Alive, Brewer & Shipley, 1997
no info Smile Awhile, Christian Dozzler, 1998
no info Teenage Shutdown: I'm Down Today, Various Artists (John Does), 1998
no info Rainwater Rd., Randall Lee Rainwater, 1998
no info Jake Head Boogie, Lightnin' Hopkins, 1999
no info The Remaining Titles: Vol. 1: 1950-1961, Lightnin' Hopkins, 1999
no info Big River Blues, Dustin Sommers, 2000
no info Carry the Word, Spencer Bohren, 2000
no info Twist It Babe, Catfish Keith, 2001
no info Gallows Pole, Ben Andrews, 2001
no info Match Box Blues, David Evans, 2002
no info Broken Hearted Blues, Lightnin' Hopkins, 2003
no info I Hear the Blues Callin' and the Devil Is Near !, Blind-Dog Gatewood, 2003
info All the Classics: 1946-1951, Lightnin' Hopkins, 2003
info Box Of The Blues, Various Artists (Cephas and Wiggins), 2003
no info Blues, Rags & Hollers/Lots More Blues, Rags & Hollers, Koerner, Ray & Glover, 2004
no info Ground Hog Blues: "Sittin' in With" Sessions, Lightnin' Hopkins, 2004
no info Houston Town Blues, Lightnin' Hopkins, 2005
no info Little Sadie, The Rosinators, 2005
no info Nothin' But the Blues, Lightnin' Hopkins, 2006
no info Altapass, Slight Departure, 2006
no info Texas Thunderbolt, Lightnin' Hopkins, 2007
no info 3 Days, 7 Lovers & The Philistine, Jay Fraser, 2008
no info Well Worn Blues, Curtis Blues, 2008
no info Turks Head Music Festival 25th Anniversary, Various Artists (Rob Dickinson), 2008
no info Duets, The Blind Boys of Alabama, 2009

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean or similar title

no info Single (Where Shall I Be / See That My Grave Is Kept Clean), Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1928
no info Single (Loved You Better Than You Knew / See That My Grave Is Kept Clean), Carter Family, 1933
info Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 3: Songs, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1952
no info Lightnin' Hopkins, Lightnin' Hopkins, 1959
no info Dave Van Ronk Sings, Dave Van Ronk, 1961
info Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, 1962
no info John Hammond, John Hammond, 1962
no info West Maryland Highballers, West Maryland Highballers, 1963
info The Folk Box, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1964
no info How Can I Keep From Singing, Liz Getz, 1966
no info Volume 2 (1925-1929), Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1968
no info Presenting the Country Blues, Furry Lewis, 1969
no info Mississippi Delta Blues: Vol. 1, Various Artists (Furry Lewis), 196?
info Bob Dylan/Times They Are A-Changin', Bob Dylan, 196?
no info Furry Lewis in Memphis, Furry Lewis, 1970?
no info Sugar Farm, Robert Pete Williams, 1972
no info Do Lord Remember Me, Thomas Shaw, 1973
no info Leadbelly Soundtrack, Various Artists, 1976
no info Michael Bloomfield, Michael Bloomfield, 1978
no info The Best Of John Hammond, John Hammond, 197?
no info Ghost Stories, The Dream Syndicate, 1988
no info The Best of John Hammond, John Hammond, 1989
no info King of the Country Blues, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1985
no info Lightnin' Hopkins, Lightnin' Hopkins, 1990
no info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1927), Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1991
no info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1928), Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1991
info The Folkways Years 1959-1961, Dave Van Ronk, 1991
no info True Blues, Philadelphia Jerry Ricks, 1991
no info The Singer, Diamanda Galas, 1992
no info The Greatest in Country Blues (1929-1956), Vol. 1, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1992
no info Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1994
no info Blues, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1994
no info Old Pal, Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss, 1994
no info The Gospel Ship: Baptists Hymns & White Spiritual, Various Artists (Hobart Smith), 1994
no info Mississippi Delta Blues, Vol. 1: Blow My Blues Away, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1994
no info See That My Grave is Kept Clean, James Solberg Band, 1995
no info Love in Exile, Chrome Cranks, 1996
no info Deep East Texas Blues, Frank Robinson & Guitar Curtis, 1996
no info The Easin' In: The Essential Recordings of Texas Blues, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1996
no info Best of Michael Bloomfield, Michael Bloomfield, 1997
no info Live in Exile, Chrome Cranks, 1997
no info Southern Journey, Vol. 4: Brethren, We Meet Again, Various Artists (Hobart Smith), 1997
no info Deep East Texas Blues, Frank Robinson, 1997
no info Roll Away the Stone, Kelly Joe Phelps, 1997
no info One Kind Word, Geoff Bartley, 1998
no info Squeeze My Lemon, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1998
no info Matchbox Blues, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1998
no info Runnin' & Ramblin', Bill Rhoades & Alan Hager, 1998
no info Don't Worry, Sing the Blues, Various Artists James Solberg Band, 1998
no info Gold Watch and Chain: Their Complete Victor Recordings (1933-34), The Carter Family, 1998
no info Real Blues Brothers, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Lightnin' Hopkins), 1998
no info The Greatest in Country Blues, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1999
no info Heaven & Earth, Stuart Smith, 1999
no info Take Your Time, Furry Lewis, 2000
info In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, The Carter Family, 2000
no info Joyride to the Urban Westworld, Rancho Deluxe, 2000
no info The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 2000
no info The Great Race Record Labels, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2000
no info The Early Blues Roots of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2000
no info Africa and the Blues, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2001
no info On Your Knees, Earthlings!!!, Mick Farren & the Deviants, 2001
no info Shut Up and Eat Your Beans, Three Bean Salad, 2001
info Songs from the Heart: The History Of American Folk Music, Various Artists (Dave Van Ronk), 2002
info The Carter Family: 1927-1934, The Carter Family, 2002
no info Blue on Blues, Charley Patton/Blind Lemon Jefferson, 2002
info Bob Dylan / The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, 2002
no info Balling The Jack: Birth Of NU-Blues, Various Artists (Diamanda Galas), 2002
info Classic Sides, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 2003
no info Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook, Various Artist (Hobart Smith), 2003
no info Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Soul of a Man, Original Soundtrack (Lou Reed), 2003
no info Black Snake Moan, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 2004
no info Long Lonesome Blues: Lemon's Texts Revealed, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 2004
no info The Complete Live at Raji's, Dream Syndicate, 2004
info Lightning In A Bottle, Various Artists (Mavis Staples), 2004
no info Songs That Dylan Loved, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2004
no info Heard It on the X, Los Super Seven, 2005
no info Deal Me In, Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers, 2005
no info Beginner's Guide to the Blues, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2005
no info Live in Greece, John Hammond, Jr., 2006
no info Buckeyed Rabbit, Grassy Knoll Boys, 2006
info The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited, Various Artists (Lou Reed), 2006
no info Analine/Michael Bloomfield, Michael Bloomfield, 2007
no info The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions, Furry Lewis and Mississippi Joe Callicott, 2007
no info Brothers, Blood & Bone, Dan Treanor and Jack Hadley, 2007
no info This Is Blues, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2007
no info Van Morrison's Jukebox: The Songs That Inspire, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2007
no info One Kind Favor, B.B. King, 2008
no info Live in Europe, Bjorn Berge, 2008
no info Blues Trip, Gashouse Dave, 2008
no info Live at the Grosvenor, Steve Phillips & the Rough Diamonds, 2008
no info Dixiefrog: 2008 Roots & New, Various Artists (Gashouse Dave), 2008
no info Harry Smith Project: Live, Various Artists (Lou Reed), 2008
no info Magic Casket, The Slow Poisoner, 2009
no info Deep Ellum Blues, Nokie Edwards/Art Greenhaw, 2009
no info Devil's Best Friend, Charley Patton & Blind Lemon Jefferson, 2009
no info The Weaver's Bonny, Atwater-Donnelly, 2009
info The Roots Of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 2009

Two White Horses In A Line or similar title

no info Two White Horses In A Line, Two Poor Boys, 1931
no info Alabama Country 1927-1931, Various Artists (Two Poor Boys), 1967
no info The Two Poor Boys: Complete Works (1927-1931), Joe Evans / Arthur McClain, 1991
no info Texas Field Recordings (1934/1939), Various Artists (Pete Harris and Smith Casey), 1995
no info Before the Blues, Vol. 1: The Early American Black Music Scene, Various Artists (Joe Evans / Arthur McClain), 1996
no info Afro-American Blues and Game Songs, Various Artists (Two Poor Boys), 1999
no info Jack O'Diamonds: Library of Congress Recordings From Texas, Pete Harris and Smith Casey, 19??
no info North Fork Flyer, Black Twig Pickers, 2001
no info Roots of Canned Heat, Various Artists (Two Poor Boys), 2001
no info Folksongs: Old Time Country Music 1926-1944, Various Artists (Two Poor Boys), 2002
no info Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps and Blues: Vintage Mandolin Music 1927-1946, Various Artists (Two Poor Boys), 2004
no info The Songsters Tradition: Before the Blues, Various Artists (Two Poor Boys), 2005
no info American Primitive, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Two Poor Boys), 2005

Dig My Grave With A Silver Spade or similar title

no info Angola Prison Spirituals, Various Artists (Tom Dutson & Robert Pete Williams), 1959
info Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning, Fred McDowell, 1973

Sad And Lonesome Day

no info Single (Sad And Lonesome Day / The Homestead On The Farm), The Carter Family, 1936
no info Single (Single Girl, Married Girl / Sad And Lonesome Day), The Carter Family, 1937
info Old Time Country Music, Mike Seeger, 1962
info Folk Session Inside, The Country Gentlemen, 1963
info The Old Reliable String Band, The Old Reliable String Band, 1963
no info Home Among The Hills, The Carter Family, 1965
no info Blue Ridge Bluegrass, Larry Richardson, Red Barker & the Blue Ridge Boys, 1965
no info Single (I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning / Sad And Lonesome Day), Larry Richardson, Red Barker & the Blue Ridge Boys, 1965
info Solid Bluegrass Sound of The Kentuckians, The Kentuckians, 1966
info Going Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Country Gentlemen, 1973
info Hard Luck Papa: Old Time Picking Styles and Techniques, Tom Paley, 1976
info Home Is Where The Heart Is, David Grisman, 1988
info The Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971, The Country Gentlemen, 1998
info In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, The Carter Family, 2000
no info The Carter Family, Vol. 2: 1935-1941, The Carter Family, 2003
info Keep on Going: The Rebel & Melodeon Recordings, Red Allen, 2004
info Springtime on the Mountain, Craig County Boys, 2005
no info Larry Richardson & the Blue Ridge Boys, Larry Richardson & the Blue Ridge Boys, 2007

 
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