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permalink #0 of 26: 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
  
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permalink #1 of 26: 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
  
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permalink #2 of 26: 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.
  
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permalink #3 of 26: 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.
  
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permalink #4 of 26: David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Sep 03 12:29
    

Feels like Stephen Foster to me.
  
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permalink #5 of 26: Melinda Belleville (mellobelle) Fri 12 Sep 03 12:34
    
Maybe that's why I liked it so much the 1st time I heard it. :-)
  
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permalink #6 of 26: 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?
  
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permalink #7 of 26: David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Sep 03 13:15
    
ShadowFALL Ward. Even better!
  
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permalink #8 of 26: 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.
  
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permalink #9 of 26: David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Sep 03 13:27
    

It has become one of my favorite Dead songs to perform.
  
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permalink #10 of 26: Barry Smol (shmo) Sat 13 Sep 03 00:54
    <scribbled by shmo Sat 13 Sep 03 00:54>
  
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permalink #11 of 26: 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.
  
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permalink #12 of 26: David Gans (tnf) Sat 13 Sep 03 03:17
    
Heh.  I sometimes say, "...for people who think they don't like the Grateful
Dead."
  
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permalink #13 of 26: 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!
  
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permalink #14 of 26: 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.
  
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permalink #15 of 26: last fair deal in the country sweet susy (sumarcus) Mon 15 Sep 03 06:43
    
John, which 2 new chords?
  
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permalink #16 of 26: 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.)
  
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permalink #17 of 26: 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!
  
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permalink #18 of 26: David Gans (tnf) Mon 15 Sep 03 09:06
    

I think of it as a New Orleans of the mind's heart.
  
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permalink #19 of 26: David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 15 Sep 03 09:32
    
That's a line of poetry in itself, David!
  
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permalink #20 of 26: Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Mon 15 Sep 03 19:34
    
> John, which 2 new chords?


D/F#       and        A7-9
  
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permalink #21 of 26: Tim Lynch (masonskids) Tue 16 Sep 03 23:38
    
Here is something on Sycamore Slough...

http://www.jackwilliamsranches.com/JwrLocationLocation0303.html
  
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permalink #22 of 26: Never cared for careless love (pjm) Sun 21 Sep 03 12:43
    
This is truly one of my all-time favorite songs.
  
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permalink #23 of 26: 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
  
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permalink #24 of 26: 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.
  
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permalink #25 of 26: 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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