“Don't You Grieve After Me (I)”


The singer describes various adventures: Being found by the police with a wallet not his own, sleeping in a hotel and being declared a deadbeat. Chorus: When I'm gone, Don't you, don't you grieve (x3), An' I told him not to grieve after me."


Alan Lomax claims -- on the basis of a few words in the chorus -- that this is the same as "When I'm Gone." I don't buy it. - RBW

Cross references


  • Loman D. Cansler, "I Told 'em Not to Grieve After Me" (on Cansler1)


  1. Randolph 257, "Don't You Grieve After Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 220-222, "Don't You Grieve After Me" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 257)
  3. BrownIII 556, "Bye and Bye" (1 fragment, possibly not this but too short to classify as anything else)
  4. Roud #6698
  5. BI, R257


Alternate titles: “I Told Him Not to Grieve After Me”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1915
Found in: US(So)