Grateful Dead Fire On The Mountain

Long distance runner, what you standin’ there for?

Get up, get out, get out of the door

Your playin’ cold music on the barroom floor

Drowned in your laughter and dead to the core.

There’s a dragon with matches that’s loose on the town

Takes a whole pail of water just to cool him down.

Fire! Fire on the mountain!

Almost ablaze still you don’t feel the heat

It takes all you got just to stay on the beat.

You say it’s a livin’, we all gotta eat

But you’re here alone, there’s no one to compete.

If Mercy’s a bus’ness, I wish it for you

More than just ashes when your dreams come true.

Fire! Fire on the mountain!

Long distance runner, what you holdin’ out for?

Caught in slow motion in a dash for the door.

The flame from your stage has now spread to the floor

You gave all you had. Why you wanna give more?

The more that you give, the more it will take

To the thin line beyond which you really can’t fake.

Fire! Fire on the mountain!

Grateful Dead China Doll

A pistol shot at 5 o’clock

The bells of heaven ring

“Tell me what you done it for”

“No I won’t tell you a thing

“Yesterday I begged you

before I hit the ground –

all I leave behind me

is only what I found

“If you can abide it

let the hurdy-gurdy play –

Stranger ones have come by here

before they flew away

“I will not condemn you

nor yet would I deny”

“I would ask the same of you

but failing will not die

“Take up your china doll

it’s only fractured –

and just a little nervous

from the fall”

Grateful Dead The Music Never Stopped

There’s mosquitoes on the river Fish are rising up like birds

It’s been hot for seven weeks now,

Too hot to even speak now, Did you hear what I just heard?

Say it might have been a fiddle or it could have been the wind

But there seems to be a beat now I can feel it my feet now

Listen here it comes again!

There’s a band out on the highway, They’re high steppin’ into town

It’s a rainbow full of sound, It’s fireworks, calliopes and clowns

Everybody dancin’ C’mon children, C’mon children, Come on clap your hands.

Sun went down in honey and the moon came up in wine,

You know stars were spinnin’ dizzy, Lord

The band kept us too busy we forgot about the time.

They’re a band beyond description, Like Jehovah’s favorite choir

People joining hand in hand While the music played the band, Lord

They’re setting us on fire.

Crazy rooster crowin’ midnight, Balls of lightin’ roll along

Old men sing about their dreams, Women laugh and children scream

And the band keeps playin’ on.

Keep on dancin’ thru the daylight, Greet the mornin’ air with song

No ones’s noticed, but the band’s all pack and gone. Was it ever there at all?

But they keep on dancin’ C’mon children, C’mon children, Come on clap your hands

Well the cool breeze came on Tuesday, And the corn’s a bumper crop

And the fields are full of dancin’ Full of singin’ and romancin’

The music never stopped.

Grateful Dead Cream Puff War

No, no! She can’t take your mind and leave

I know it’s just another trick she’s got up her sleeve

I can’t believe that she really wants you to die

After all it’s more than enough to pay for your lie

Wait a minute, watch what you’re doin’ with your time

All the endless ruins of the past must stay behind, yeah

Well, can’t you see that you’re killing each other’s soul

Well, you’re both out in the streets and you got no place to go

Your constant battes are getting to be a bore

So go somewhere else and continue your cream puff war

Grateful Dead Dupree’s Diamond Blues

When I was just a little young boy,

Papa said “Son, you’ll never get far,

I’ll tell you the reason if you want to know,

’cause child of mine, there isn’t really very far to go”

Well baby, baby wants a gold diamond ring

Wants it more than most any old thing

Well when I get those jelly roll blues

Why I’d go and get anything in this world for you.

Down to the jewelry store packing a gun,

says “Wrap it up. I think I’ll take this one”

“A thousand dollars please,” the jewelry man said

Dupree he said, “I’ll pay this one off to you in lead”

Well you know son you just can’t figure,

first thing you know you’re gonna pull that trigger

and it’s no wonder your reason goes bad –

jelly roll will drive you stone mad

Judge said “Son, this gonna cost you some time”

Dupree said “Judge, you know that crossed my mind”

Judge said “Fact it’s gonna cost you your life”

Dupree said “Judge, you know that seems to me to be about right”

Well baby, baby’s gonna lose her sweet man

Dupree come out with a losing hand

Baby’s gonna weep it up for awhile

then go on out and find another sweet man’s

gonna treat her with style

Judge said “Son, I know your baby well

but that’s a secret I can’t never tell”

Dupree said “Judge, well it’s well understood,

and you got to admit that that sweet, sweet jelly’s so good”

Well you know son you just can’t figure,

first thing you know you’re gonna pull that trigger

and it’s no wonder your reason goes bad,

jelly roll will drive you stone mad

Same old story and I know it’s been told,

some like jelly jelly – some like gold

Many a man’s done a terrible thing

just to get baby that shiny diamond ring.

Grateful Dead Row Jimmy

Julie catch a rabbit by his hair

Come back steppin’ like to walk on air

Get back home where you belong

And don’t you run off no more.

Don’t hang your head, let the two time roll

Grass shack nailed to a pine wood floor

Ask the time baby I don’t know

Come back later, gonna let it show.

I say row Jimmy row, gonna get there, I don’t know,

Seems a common way to go, get out and row, row, row, row, row.

Here’s a half dollar if you dare

Double twist when you hit the air,

Look at Julie down below,

The levee doin’ the do-pas-o.

I say row Jimmy row, gonna get there, I don’t know

Seems a common way to go, get out and row, row, row, row, row.

Broken heart don’t feel so bad,

You ain’t got half of what you thought you had.

Rock you baby to and fro

Not too fast and not too slow.

I say row Jimmy row, gonna get there, I don’t know,

Seems a common way to go, get out and row, row, row, row, row.

That’s the way it’s been in town,

Ever since they tore the jukebox down.

Two bit piece don’t buy no more,

Not so much as it done before.

I say row Jimmy row, gonna get there I don’t know

Seems a common way to go, get out and row, row, row, row, row.

Grateful Dead Saint Of Circumstance

This must be heaven, tonight I cross the line.

You must be the angel, I though I might never find.

Was it you I heard singing, Oh while I was chasin’ dreams.

Driven by the wind, like the dust that blows around,

And the rain fallin’ down, but I never know.

Got to be heaven, cause here’s where the rainbow ends.

If this ain’t the real thing, then it’s close enough to pretend.

When that wind blows, when the night’s about to fall.

You can hear the silence call, it’s a certain sort of sound,

Like the rain fallin’ down.

Holes in what’s left of my reason, holes in the knees of my blues.

Odds against me been increasin’, but I’ll pull through.

I never could read no road map, I don’t know what the weather might do.

But when that rich wind whines and I see the dark star shine,

I got a feeling there’s no time to lose, no time to lose.

Never know now, just don’t never know, no.

Well it’s been heaven, but even the rainbows will end.

Now my sails are fillin’ and the wind is willin’.

And I’m as good as gone again.

I’m still walkin’, so I’m sure that I can dance.

Just a Saint of Circumstance, just a tiger in a trance.

And the rain fallin’ down, well, you never know, just don’t know.

Listen, sure don’t know what I going for, but I’m gonna go for it for sure…

Grateful Dead Sittin’ On Top Of The World

Mississippi River so big and wide, blond haired woman on the other side.

Now she’s gone, gone, gone and I don’t worry ’cause I’m sitting on top of the world.

I worked all summer, spring and fall, blond haired woman the cause of it all.

Now she’s gone, gone, gone and I don’t worry ’cause I’m sitting on top of the world.

I saw her in Dallas and El Paso. Said come back baby, I need you so.

Now she’s gone, gone, gone and I don’t worry ’cause I’m sitting on top of the world.

Mississippi River so big and wide, blond haired woman on the other side.

Now she’s gone, gone, gone and I don’t worry ’cause I’m sitting on top of the world.

Grateful Dead Caution

I went down one day, I went down one day to see a Gypsy woman,

Just one old day, yes I did,

I want to find out, I want to find out,

I want to find out, I want to find out now,

What’s wring with me and my baby.

We ain’t gettin’ down like we used to do,

I mean it’s pretty good now, but there was a time,

When it didn’t work too well.

I went down to see this Gypsy woman, you understand,

I told her my story, I told her what was goin’ on.

And she told me, man she said, all you need, all you need,

She said all you got to have, oh Lord,

Just a touch of Mojo’s hand, oh bring it back on,

And it feels pretty good, yes indeed.

Grateful Dead Dire Wolf

In the timbers of Fennario

the wolves are running round

The winter was so hard and cold

froze ten feet neath the ground

Don’t murder me

I beg of you don’t murder me

Please

don’t murder me

I sat down to my supper

T’was a bottle of red whiskey

I said my prayers and went to bed

That’s the last they saw of me

Don’t murder me

I beg of you don’t murder me

Please

don’t murder me

When I awoke, the Dire Wolf

Six hundred pounds of sin

Was grinnin at my window

All I said was “come on in”

Don’t murder me

I beg of you don’t murder me

Please

don’t murder me

The wolf came in, I got my cards

We sat down for a game

I cut my deck to the Queen of Spades

but the cards were all the same

Don’t murder me

I beg of you don’t murder me

Please

don’t murder me

In the backwash of Fennario

The black and bloody mire

The Dire Wolf collects his due

while the boys sing round the fire

Don’t murder me

I beg of you don’t murder me

Please

don’t murder me