David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 8 Sep 03 08:40
Lazy River Road w: Hunter m: Garcia AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/lazr.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/LAZYRIVE.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Mon 8 Sep 03 21:26
Lazy River Road Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Jerry Garcia Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Way down upon Sycamore Slough A white man sings the blues selling roses of paper mache with flecks of starlight dew I swiped a bunch and threw it your way where hazy moonlight glowed Way down down along Lazy River Road Way down upon Shadowfall Ward End of the avenue Run, hide, seek in your own backyard Mama's backyard won't do All night long I sang Love's Sweet Song down where the water flowed Way down down along Lazy River Road Moonlight wails as hound dogs bay but never quite catch the tune Stars fall down in buckets like rain till there ain't no standing room Bright blue boxcars train by train clatter where dreams unfold Way down down along Lazy River Road Way down upon Seminole Square belly of the river tide call for me and I will be there for the price of a taxi ride Night double-clutches into today like a truck downshifting its load Way down down along Lazy River Road Thread the needle right through the eye The thread that runs so true All the others I let pass by I only wanted you Never cared for careless love but how your bright eyes glowed Way down down along Lazy River Road
last fair deal in the country sweet susy (sumarcus) Thu 11 Sep 03 16:50
I love any song in the key of G. This is an all-American traditional song and I loved the way Jerry sang it as a country song.
Melinda Belleville (mellobelle) Fri 12 Sep 03 12:22
Yeah, it has such a nice lilting beat to it. It sounded old-timey, brand-new out of the box.
David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Sep 03 12:29
Feels like Stephen Foster to me.
Melinda Belleville (mellobelle) Fri 12 Sep 03 12:34
Maybe that's why I liked it so much the 1st time I heard it. :-)
Gary Burnett (jera) Fri 12 Sep 03 12:55
One of the things I've always loved about this song are the place names sprinkled through it: Sycamore Slough, Shadowford Ward, Seminiole Square, and of course old Lazy River Road itself. Do we know if any or all of these are real places, or are were they chosen for the richness of sound, the way the vowels & consonants fill the mouth as they're sung?
David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Sep 03 13:15
ShadowFALL Ward. Even better!
Gary Burnett (jera) Fri 12 Sep 03 13:19
Little typo, there! And yes. The way the vowels flow through those words is just heavenly.
David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Sep 03 13:27
It has become one of my favorite Dead songs to perform.
Barry Smol (shmo) Sat 13 Sep 03 00:54
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Mr. Smolin (shmo) Sat 13 Sep 03 00:55
I love how you describe LLR as a Grateful Dead song for people who don't like the Grateful Dead.
David Gans (tnf) Sat 13 Sep 03 03:17
Heh. I sometimes say, "...for people who think they don't like the Grateful Dead."
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Sun 14 Sep 03 07:57
I love the way it makes me feel. I love the way I can hear it in my head being sung by an old blues guitarist. Or even Satchmo. Plus I got to learn two new chords when I learned how to play it!
Christian Crumlish (xian) Sun 14 Sep 03 13:02
The late performances and studio version had me hoping that the "last album" would be a return to Workingman's form.
last fair deal in the country sweet susy (sumarcus) Mon 15 Sep 03 06:43
John, which 2 new chords?
David Gans (tnf) Mon 15 Sep 03 08:37
I had a great time arranging it for solo fingerpicked guitar. The intro has a nice chromatic descending chord thing, and at the end of each refrain is a diminished chord whose fingering was a splendid challenge. (BTW, I owe it ti <zenrose>, wife of <unkljohn>. I was visiting them in NC a few tours ago, and when Beth and I sat down to sing a few songs together, she started playing "Lazy River Road." After that, I couldn't get it out of my head, and now it's a mainstay of my repertoire.)
David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 15 Sep 03 09:01
Regarding the place names, I opined in the annotated lyrics that they are fictional: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/lazr.html#fictitious. But wonderful and evocative nevertheless!
David Gans (tnf) Mon 15 Sep 03 09:06
I think of it as a New Orleans of the mind's heart.
David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 15 Sep 03 09:32
That's a line of poetry in itself, David!
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Mon 15 Sep 03 19:34
> John, which 2 new chords? D/F# and A7-9
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Tue 16 Sep 03 23:38
Here is something on Sycamore Slough... http://www.jackwilliamsranches.com/JwrLocationLocation0303.html
Never cared for careless love (pjm) Sun 21 Sep 03 12:43
This is truly one of my all-time favorite songs.
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 1 Mar 12 11:43
OK, new news. The Sycamore Slough String Band was founded in January 2012: David Gans - guitar and vocals David Thom - mandolin, guitar and vocals; Fiddle Dave Muhlethaler - fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Roger Sideman - bass and vocals. AND an update on the location of Sycamore Slough: http://www.lat-long.com/Latitude-Longitude-235932-California-Sycamore_Slough.h tml
David Gans (tnf) Thu 1 Mar 12 11:45
Thanks, David! The band can be found at <http://s3b.us> or <http://www.sycamoresloughstringband.com> We play the music of the Grateful Dead and a few other odds and ends. Our CD/download "First Rehearsals" will be released in a matter of hours.
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Thu 1 Mar 12 16:11
Now we need a volunteer to go out there and see, take photographs, report!
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