"Sugaree" is a song written by long-time Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and composed by guitarist Jerry Garcia. It was written for Jerry Garcia's first solo album Garcia, which was released in January of 1972. As with the songs on the rest of the album, Garcia plays every instrument himself (except drums, played by Bill Kreutzmann), including acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and an electric guitar played through a leslie speaker.
The song was first performed live on July 31, 1971, at the Yale Bowl in Yale University, as was the song "Mr. Charlie". The track appears on numerous other recordings, including Dick's Picks Volume 3 and One From the Vault.
Fred Neil released a song in 1966 on his eponymous album called "I've Got a Secret (Didn't We Shake Sugaree)."
Elizabeth Cotton wrote and recorded "Shake Sugaree," also about dying, in 1967. The chorus of Cotton's song is "Oh lordie me/Didn't I shake sugaree?"