I first heard this song on my "Dead Reckoning" CD a year or two ago, and the other day I ran across a YouTube clip with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir playing it on the Letterman show. I like the song, so I set about learning it. When I add songs to my repertoire I try to make sure I know who wrote them, and I was pretty sure the Dead didn't write this one. The only place I found a credit was on the "Cowboy Lyrics" website; it listed Merle Lovell. I googled all over, no Wikipedia, no nothing about Merle Lovell except a Library of Congress recording collection. . .not the author. Then I found that it had been recorded in the '40s by the Shelton Brothers, whoever they were. . .not the author. I read an article about Deep Ellum (Elem, Elm) online, and found it's an interesting place, a place that morphed from its origins as a Dallas neighborhood where newly freed slaves lived after the Civil War, to a music haven where '30s blues legends played, to a "gentrified" upscale hip neighborhood as it apparently is today. This article suggests that it's a "traditional" song (authorship lost, variable verses from various places), and that appears to be the truth. I like that. It gives me license, not that I need it, to do the song any way I want--right now I'm liking it low and slow--and add verses of my own* if I feel like it. Do any of you play this song? * I ain't been in Deep Ellum since nineteen thirty-three, Now everybody in there's as black as you and me, Oh, sweet mama, Daddy's got them Deep Ellum blues, Oh, sweet mama, Daddy's got them Deep Ellum blues.