ROSA LEE MCFALL

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ROSA LEE MCFALL
This song occurs on recordings as “Rosa Lee McFall”, “Rosalee McFall” and “Rosalie
McFall”. The latter was used on the first Grateful Dead release of the song on the
“Reckoning” LP and has subsequently been used when referring to Grateful Dead
versions of the song. The original Charlie Monroe recording and most others use the Rosa
Lee McFall title. The first release of the song was on a Charlie Monroe single probably
1949. This was released in 78rpm and 45 rpm formats and is thought to be one of the
earliest commercially released 45 rpm singles. Subsequently, in some sources, this
version of the song has been described as a Monroe Brothers recording from the late
1930’s, possibly due to it’s inclusion on the Monroe Brothers “Early Bluegrass” Music
LP. This is probably not the case. It is thought that it was recorded in 1947 or 1948 by a
Charlie Monroe group with Red Rector on mandolin.
Out on the lonely hillside
In a cabin low and small
Lived the sweetest rose of color
My Rosa Lee McFall
Her hair was bright some color
Her voice was sweet to me
I know that I will always love her
And I hope that she loved me
A asked her to be my darling
And this is what she said
You know that I will only be happy
When you and I are wed
Then God way up in heaven
One day for her did call
I lost my bride, oh how I loved her
My Rosa Lee McFall
I’ve searched the wide world over
Cities great and small
But I’ve never found another
Like my Rosa Lee McFall
Out on the lonely hillside
In a cabin low and small
Lived the sweetest rose of color
My Rosa Lee McFall