David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:28
Pride Of Cucamonga w: Petersen m: Lesh AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/pride.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/PRIDECUC.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Mon 8 Sep 03 20:55
Pride Of Cucamonga Lyrics: Bobby Petersen Music: Phil Lesh Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Out on the edge of the empty highway Howling at the blood on the moon Big diesel Mack rolling down my way Can't hit that border too soon Running hard out of Muskrat Flats It was sixty days or double life Hail at my back like a shotgun blast High wind chimes in the night Oh, oh, pride of Cucamonga Oh, oh, bitter olives in the sun Oh, oh, I had me some loving And I done some time Since I came down from Oregon There's a lesson or two I've learned By standing in the road alone Standing watching the fires burn The northern sky it stinks with greed You can smell it for miles around Good old boys in the Greystone Hotel Sitting doing that git-on-down Oh, oh, pride of Cucamonga Oh, oh, silver apples in the sun Oh, oh, I had me some loving And I done some time I see your silver shining town But I know I can't go there Your streets run deep with poisoned wine Your doorways crawl with fear So I think I'll drift for old where it's at Where the weed grows green and fine And wrap myself around a bush Of that bright whoa, oh, Oaxaca vine Yes it's me, I'm the pride of Cucamonga I can see golden forests in the sun Oh, oh, I had me some loving And I done some time And I done some time And I done some time
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Fri 12 Oct 12 18:14
Does anyone have a pointer for an online copy of the original Pride of Cucamonga poem written by Robert Peterson?
from GEORGE (tnf) Mon 15 Oct 12 10:17
A reader named George says: Tim, His writings and paper are supposedly held at University of California Santa Cruz <http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt1199q2gs/> On their website (the above link) they state nothing of his is online. But fwiw there is this discussion about the song on the Univ of California Santa Cruz website): <http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/pride.html>
David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 15 Oct 12 10:26
Some confusion here due to the existence of a poet named Robert Peterson (note the "o" in the last name), who is not the same as the lyricist Robert Petersen. Tim--not sure what you mean by "the original Pride of Cucamonga poem." What have you heard about?
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Mon 15 Oct 12 13:05
I visited the Archive this past weekend and noticed they had a typewritten copy of Pride of Cucamonga on display which had different verses than the song. I wasn't sure if it was written as a poem or as the original lyrics pre-edit.
David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 15 Oct 12 15:46
Well, that is wonderful to hear! I'll have to get on Nick's case to send me a transcript.
(masonskids) Thu 29 Nov 12 11:01
Here are the lyrics I was talking about above... http://picpaste.com/pics/Pride-3vLmLU7F.1354215354.jpg
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 29 Nov 12 12:00
Wow! Thanks for that. Probably worth transcribing....one of these days.
Gary Burnett (jera) Thu 29 Nov 12 12:06
Talk to <xian>. If memory serves, he transcribed them some years ago, though I could be wrong about that.
Christian Crumlish (xian) Sat 8 Dec 12 21:05
Nah, I attempted to transcribe the one and only performance of "Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues," for which Trist tells me no typescript exists in the Ice Nine files.
David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 10 Dec 12 09:22
Yes, and thank you for your heroic efforts on that one, Christian!
Christian Crumlish (xian) Tue 25 Dec 12 12:39
the problem is they only sang it once, so there's nothing to cross-check. can't tell verbal slips from intentional weirdness, etc.
David Dodd (ddodd) Wed 26 Dec 12 09:19
Right. And the lyrics went through the laundry in someone's back pocket... Oh well!
Alex Allan (alexallan) Tue 22 Sep 15 02:01
The typescript mentioned above is included in Nicholas Meriwether's essay "Shadow Boxing The Apocalypse: An Alternate History of the Grateful Dead", included with the "30 Trips Around The Sun" box set. Here's a transcript: Standing on the edge of a big empty highway Lookin' at the blood on the moon Big diesel Mack comes toolin' down my way Can't get to that border too soon Since I came down from Oregon There's some lessons I have learned Just standing out there on 101 And watch the fires burn Running hard and fast out of Klamath Falls Sixty days or double life Hail at my back like a shotgun blast Wind like a cold, cold knife O Pride of Cucamonga Bitter olives in the sun Had me some lovin; and I done some time on Highway 101 Up in Eureka the sky's full of greed You can smell it for miles around For a long lost good old boy down on E Street It's sure's a hard go-round Down in Salinas the Strawberry King Serves Pie-On-The-Sky for the lame and wounded only Brothers on the yard in cold blue clothes know Soledad means lonely I copped Some spare change in Union Square And heading for the Golden Gate But i got lost drinking tokay wine in someplace Called the Haight O Pride of Cucamonga Bitter olives in the sun Had me some lovin' and I done some time on Highway 101 Up north they say I'm crazy Back east don't even know my name You gave me the wrong directions but I Got here just the same I see your silver City shine But you know I can't stay there Your streets are filled with poison wine Your windows filled with fear So I think I'll go down to old Mexico Where the weed grows green and fine And wrap myself around a bush of that bright Oaxaca vine O Pride of Cucamonga Bitter olives in the sun Had me some lovin' and I done some time on Highway 101
David Gans (tnf) Tue 22 Sep 15 08:52
David Dodd (ddodd) Wed 30 Sep 15 09:52
Wow--that is great. "Klamath Falls..." consistent with my ongoing speculation about Muskrat Flats. Wonder who did the word replacements here and there throughout that lyric?
David Gans (tnf) Wed 30 Sep 15 09:56
Speaking as a inger, I would say "Muskrat Flats" MUCH easier to sing than "Klamath Falls" in that line.
David Dodd (ddodd) Wed 30 Sep 15 11:21
True! But you could have some fun with the word "Klamath."
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