Cold Rain And Snow
Composer: Traditional

The Grateful Dead recorded this song as Cold Rain & Snow. The song is more commonly known as Rain & Snow and most other recordings use this title.

Rain and Snow was included in the book, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians by Cecil Sharp. The collected version, which dates from August 1916, was sung by Mrs. Tom Rice at Big Laurel, NC. This version includes only the first verse.

The Grateful Dead version is based on the recording by Obray Ramsey. The song was also performed by many bluegrass groups in the 1960's including those of Bill Monroe and Del McCoury and it may be that live bluegrass versions also influenced the Dead version.

The song was arranged by Benjamin Britten and included in his work Eight Folk Song Arrangements.

The original Grateful Dead release of the song is credited to Traditional / McGanahan Skjellyfetti. The name McGanahan Skjellyfetti was a psuedonym used by the Grateful Dead for group compositions. The name derives originally from a character in Kenneth Patchen's "Memoirs Of A Shy Pornographer", although the name was possibly used by the Grateful Dead because one of the band members had a cat of that name.

Grateful Dead

info The Grateful Dead, 1967
info Steal Your Face, 1976
info The Grateful Dead / Anthem Of The Sun, 1976?
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 5, 1996
info Ticket to New Year's (video), 1996
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 9, 1997
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 14, 1999
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 18, 2000
info Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead, 2000
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 20, 2001
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 21, 2001
info View From The Vault II, 2001
info View From The Vault II (video/DVD), 2001
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72, July 2002
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 25, 2002
info The Birth Of The Dead, 2003
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 28, 2003
info Truckin' Up To Buffalo, 2005
info Truckin' Up To Buffalo (DVD), July 2005
info Grateful Dead Download Vol. 2: 1/18/70, 2005
info Grateful Dead Download Vol. 3: 10/26/71, 2005
info Eternally Grateful, 2007
info Road Trips: Vol 4, No. 4: Spectrum 4.6.82, 2011
info Road Trips: Vol 4, No. 5: Boston Music Hall 6.9.76, 2011
info Europe '72, The Complete Recordings, 2011
info Europe '72: Copenhagen, 4/17/1972, 2011
info Europe '72: London, 5/24/1972, 2011
info Dave's Picks Vol. 3: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, 22/10/71, 2012
info Dave's Picks Vol. 6: 12/20/69 & 2/2/70, 2013
info Birth Of The Dead, Vol 1 (The Studio Sessions), 2013
info Dave's Picks Vol 10: Los Angeles, 12/12/69, 2014
info Spring 1990 (The Other One), 2014
info Dave's Picks Vol 12: Hamilton, 11/4/77, 2014
info Dave's Picks Vol 14: Academy Of Music, 3/26/72, 2015
info 30 Trips Around The Sun Box Set, 2015

The Dead

info Mansfield, MA: June 22, 2003
info Morrison, CO: July 7, 2003
info Somerset,WI: August 3, 2003
info Morrison, CO: June 15, 2004
info Indianapolis, IN: July 25, 2004
info Camden, NJ: August 8, 2004
info Wantagh, NY: August 14, 2004
info Dead '09: Albany, NY, April 17, 2009
info Dead '09: Philadelphia, PA, May 1, 2009


info Dec 8, 2009, Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY, 2009
info Feb 10, 2010, Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, 2010
info Feb 22, 2010, Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, DE, 2010
info July 4, 2010, Oxford, ME
info July 28, 2010, New York, NY
info November 14, 2010, Cincinnati, OH
info December 30, 2010, San Francisco, CA
info February 12, 2011, Broomfield, CO
info March 18, 2011, Upper Darby, PA
info July 15, 2011, Masontown, WV
info Sept 30, 2011, Morrison, CO
info Nov 3, 2011, Manchester, NH
info Nov 12, 2011, Atlantic City, NJ
info Nov 20, 2011, St. Louis, MO
info Dec 30, 2011, San Francisco, CA
info April 12, 2012, New York, NY
info July 8, 2012, Columbia, MD
info July 15, 2012, Bethel, NY
info October 2, 2012, San Diego, CA
info February 21, 2013, Denver, CO
info April 15, 2013, Port Chester, NY
info July 11, 2013, Brooklyn, NY
info Sept 6, 2013, Arrington, VA


info Baltimore MD: October 20, 2003
info Chicago IL: November 3, 2003
info St. Louis MO: November 15, 2003
info Boise ID, March 12, 2004
info Syracuse NY, March 20, 2004
info Verona NY, April 8, 2005
info Ridgefield CT, April 25, 2005
info St. Petersburg, FL, November 18, 2005
info Danbury, CT, March 21, 2006
info Poughkeepsie, NY, March 28, 2006
info Buffalo NY, October 27, 2006
info Portland OR, February 16, 2007
info Springfield MA, March 15, 2007
info Raleigh, NC, November 11, 2007
info Chicago, IL, August 28, 2008
info Newark, NJ, November 12, 2008
info St. Augustine, FL, July 19, 2009
info Upper Darby, PA, February 15, 2014
info Portland, ME, February 26, 2014
info Milwaukee, WI, March 8, 2014
info Kansas City, MO, June 14, 2014

Phil Lesh & Friends

info April 10, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014
info May 30, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014

Tom Constanten

info Fresh Tracks In Real Time, Tom Constanten, 1989
info Nightfall Of Diamonds, Tom Constanten, 1992
info Relix Bay Rock Shop No. 2, Various Artists, 1992
info Relix Sampler 4, Various Artists, 1992
info Grateful Dreams, Tom Constanten, 2000
info 88 Keys to Tomorrow, Tom Constanten, 2002
info Moved To Stanleyville, Tom Constanten & Ken Foust, 2006

Other recordings

info Sings Folk Songs From The Three Laurels, Obray Ramsey, 1961?
info No Explanations, Len Novy, 1969
info Traditional Country Music, Betsy Rutherford, 1971
info Reflection, Pentangle, 1971
info Pentangling, Pentangle, 1973
info Muleskinner: A Potpourri Of Bluegrass Jam, Muleskinner, 1974
info Whiskey Before Breakfast, Arkansas Sheiks, 1975
info The End of an Old Song, Dillard Chandler, 1975
info The Pentangle Collection, Pentangle, 1975
info Livin' on the Mountain, Del McCoury, 1976
info Anthology, Pentangle, 1978
info The Roundup, Bob Bovee, 1979
info The Best of Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals, Del McCoury, 1983
info At Their Best, Pentangle, 1983
info Sweet Songs from Yesterday, Mill Run Dulcimer Band, 1984
info Sunset on the Prairie, High Country, 1985
info Essential, Vol. 1, Pentangle, 1986
info A Maid That's Deep in Love, Pentangle, 1987
info Collection, Pentangle, 1988
info Classic Bluegrass, Del McCoury, 1991
info Long Journey, Dry Branch Fire Squad, 1991
info Psychedelic Psauna (In Four Parts), Various Artists (Bevis Frond), 1991
info Hope You Like Our New Direction, Henry Kaiser, 1991
info People On The Highway 1968-1971, Pentangle, 1992
info The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead, Various Artists (Obray Ramsey), 1995
info Eternity Blue, Henry Kaiser, 1995
info The Greene Fiddler, Richard Greene, 1995
info Full Sail, Chesapeake, 1995
info Rebel Records: 35 Years of the Best in Bluegrass (1960-1995), Various Artists (Del McCoury), 1996
info Light Flight, Pentangle, 1997
info Mouth to Mouth, The Levellers, 1997
info Bluegrass Essentials, Various Artists (Del McCoury), 1998
info Piece Of Cake, Lubos Malina, 1999
info Dealing A New Hand (From The Same Old Deck), The New Deal String Band, 1999
info Blue Horse, Be Good Tanyas, 2001
info Roots, Blue Mountain, 2001
info Memory Theatre, James Leva, 2001
info Heritage, Pentangle, 2001
info Roots: An American Journey, Various Artists (Dry Branch Fire Squad), 2001
info Run Mountain: North American Songs & Ballads, Kieron Means, 2002
info Down The Old Plank Road, Chieftans (w/ Del McCoury), 2002
info Live From Bonnaroo, Various Artists (Del McCoury), 2002
info Tonight It's Now or Never, Blue Mountain, 2002
info Ten Thousand Mornings, Peter Mulvey, 2002
info Classic Mountain Songs, Various Artists (Dillard Chandler), 2002
info Light Flight: The Anthology, Pentangle, 2002
info Ocean's Breadth, Mick McAuley, 2003
info The Grass Is Always Bluer, Various Artists (Be Good Tanyas), 2004
info Ireland: The Greatest Songs Ever, Various Artists (Mick McAuley), 2004
info DSO Live: Jan 26, 2004, Charlottesville, VA, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
info DSO Live: Jan 28, 2004, Wilmington, NC, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
info DSO Live: Jan 31, 2004, Raleigh, NC, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
info DSO Live: Mar 9, 2004, Baltimore, MD, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
info DSO Live: Mar 15, 2004, Winooski, VT, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
info DSO Live: Mar 19, 2004, Teaneck, NJ, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
info Deadgrass, Deadgrass, 2005
info Going Home Shoes, The Lonesome Sisters with Riley Baugus, 2005
info Dark Holler: Old Love Songs and Ballads, Various Artists (Dillard Chandler), 2005
info Rain And Snow, Elizabeth LaPrelle, 200?
no info Chickens Are A-Crowing, Rufus Crisp Experience, 2005
info Blockbuster Bluegrass, Various Artists (James Leva), 2006
info Through the Green Fuse, Grand Union, 2006
info True Bluegrass Essentials, Various Artists (Del McCoury), 2006
info Hush, Pauline Scanlon, 2006
info Reunion: A Decade of Solas, Solas, 2006
info The Time Has Come, Pentangle, 2007
info Quartet, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, 2007
info Mick's Picks, Volume 3: Substage, Karlsruhe June 16, 2004, Jefferson Starship, 2008
info Deep South, Bill Leverty, 2009
info November 30, 2013, Stroudsburg, PA, Railroad Earth, 2013

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