The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics: The Collected Lyrics of Robert Hunter and John Barlow, Lyrics to All Original Songs, with Selected Traditional and Cover Songs

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Robert Hunter, John Barlow, David G. Dodd, Alan Trist
Simon and Schuster, 2005 - Music - 480 pages
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When the Grateful Dead's in-house publishing company, Ice Nine, decided that the band's fortieth anniversary was a good time to publish their entire lyric catalog, a wave of excitement swept across the world of Deadheads, or would have had they known. What was that unclear word in "Uncle John's Band"? Would "Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues" be included? Which Cassidy is John Barlow writing about? Would Robert Hunter reveal the meaning of anything at all? These questions are finally answered with the publication of this book, but in true Grateful Dead fashion you'll have to dig around to find the answers and have fun doing it.

"The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics" is an authoritative text, providing standard versions of all the original songs so that you can win an occasional bar bet. Or not. There are songs you've never heard and others you've never heard right and still others you didn't know existed, and some, indeed, that may not exist at all. To provide a context for this formidable body of work, of which his part is primary, Robert Hunter has written a foreword that goes to the heart of the matter.

These are some of the best-loved songs in the modern American songbook. You will hear them hummed and spoken among tens of thousands as counterculture code and recorded by musicians of all stripes for their inimitable singability, mysterious presence, and obscure accessibility. How do they do all this? The annotations on sources provide a gloss on the lyrics, which goes to the roots of Western culture as they are incorporated into them. Be it fairy tale or folksong that the lyricists have drawn on, ancient verse, biblical narrative, or T. S. Eliot, the references are here. Thishas never been done before. There are things here that would not have otherwise been known or imagined, which also goes for what was in the minds of the lyricists themselves. They would be the first to admit that the incursion of imagery into their creative memory banks was a chancy business.

Annotation is a venerable literary tradition. It's been done for the works of Dante and Shakespeare, and for "Finnegans Wake" annotations may be essential. "Mother Goose" and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" have been annotated. All genres of writing can be illuminated by it, and that fundamental revelation that comes from reading books -- "Oh, I always wondered about that" -- becomes especially meaningful. David Dodd is well suited to the task of annotation. An avid Grateful Dead concertgoer for two decades, he is a librarian who brings to the work a detective's love of following a clue as far as it will take him. He first began the annotation as a research project in 1995, in the early days of the Web, through the medium of a website. As in all things virtual, it grew, and with input from interested correspondents from around the world, the website evolved continually. With their publication in book form, the Grateful Dead's lyrics can be newly savored, couched in the cultural traditions that spawned them.

With the addition of artist Jim Carpenter's illustrations, whimsical elements in the lyrics, aspects cognitively unreferenceable, and imagery often repeated are brought to light. What he has seen to illustrate itself illustrates the American legend that is present in "The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics." You won't think of the cultural icon that is the Grateful Dead the same wayagain.

 

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Contents

1965
3
The Only Time Is Now
9
1968
25
1967
32
Turn on Your Love Light
39
Born Crosseyed
48
Clementine
53
And We Bid You Goodnig ht
61
Cassidy
224
Money Money
232
1975
239
Franklins Tower
245
1976
251
Mission in the Rain
259
Estimated Prophet
270
Iko Iko
276

Rosemary
68
Mountains of the Moon
74
Dire Wolf
82
Whats Become of the Baby?
90
Cumberland Blues
97
Masons Children
107
Candyman
114
To Lay Me Down
121
Truckin
131
1971
141
Playing in the Band
148
Deal
155
Browneyed Women
162
Mexicali Blues 17
170
Ramble on Rose
176
Chinatown Shuffle
183
The Stranger Two Souls in Communion
191
Mississippi HalfStep Uptown Toodleloo
198
Here Comes Sunshine
205
Weather Report Suite Part I
211
vii
213
Peggy0
217
Had the World to Give
288
Lost Sailor
298
Alabama Getaway
304
A Fadeaway
311
1983
319
1984
326
Tons of Steel
327
When Push Comes to Shove
334
Blow Away 34
340
Gentlemen Start Your Engines
346
We Can Run But We Cant Hide
352
1991
361
Corrina
368
Lazy River Road
375
Easy Answers
382
PLaLjed tl The Dead
389
NOTES ON THE INSTRUMENTAL
413
AFTERWORD BY OHN BARLOW
424
CREDITS AND PERMISSIONS
433
INDEX OF SONGS
472
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DAVID G. DODD is Branch Manager of the Civic Center Library of the Marin County Free Library in San Rafael, California.

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