“I can’t walk you out in the mornin’ dew today”

“Morning Dew”, also known as “(Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew”, is a post-apocalyptic folk rock song written by Canadian folk singer Bonnie Dobson

The song is a dialogue between the last man and woman left alive following an apocalyptic catastrophe: Dobson has stated that the initial inspiration for “Morning Dew” was the film On the Beach which is focused on the survivors of virtual global annihilation by nuclear holocaust.

Bonnie Dobson at Folk City, 1962

The actual writing of the song occurred in 1961 while Dobson was staying with a friend in Los Angeles: Dobson would recall how the guests at her friend’s apartment were speculating about a nuclear war’s aftermath and

“after everyone went to bed, I sat up and suddenly I just started writing this song… I had never written [a song] in my life”.

 

Morning Dew (original lyrics)
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Walk me out in the mornin’ dew my honey
Walk me out in the mornin’ dew today
I can’t walk you out in the mornin’ dew my honey
I can’t walk you out in the mornin’ dew today
I thought I heard a baby cry this mornin’
I thought I heard a baby cry today
You didn’t hear no baby cry this mornin’
You didn’t hear no baby cry today
Where have all the people gone my honey?
Where have all the people gone today?
Well there’s no need for you to be worryin’ about all those people
You never see those people anyway
I thought I heard a young man moan this mornin’
I thought I heard a young man moan today
I thought I heard a young man moan this mornin’
I can’t walk you out in the morning dew today
Walk me out in the mornin’ dew my honey
Walk me out in the mornin’ dew today
I’ll walk you out in the mornin’ dew my honey
I guess it doesn’t matter anyway
Well I guess it doesn’t matter anyway, no no
I guess it doesn’t matter anyway

Songwriters: Bonnie Dobson / Tim Rose


Robert Plant revised the lyrics, more spare but still effective
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Walk me out in the morning dew my honey
Walk me out in the morning dew today;
Can’t walk you out in the morning dew my honey
Can’t walk you out in the morning dew today!
Thought I heard a young girl cry mama,
Thought I heard a young girl cry today-
You didn’t hear no young girl crying mama,
You didn’t hear no young girl cry today!
Thought I heard a young man cry mama-
Thought I heard a young man cry today-
You didn’t hear no young man crying mama
You didn’t hear no young man cry today!
Now, there’s no more morning dew
Now, there’s no more morning dew-
What they’ve been saying all these years is true
Now, there’s no more morning dew!
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