David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:43
Truckin' w: Hunter m: Garcia, Lesh, Weir AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/truckin.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/TRUCKIN.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Mon 8 Sep 03 19:47
Truckin' Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Jerry Garcia/Bob Weir/Phil Lesh Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Truckin' got my chips cashed in Keep truckin' like the doodah man Together, more or less in line Just keep truckin' on Arrows of neon and flashing marquees out on Main Street Chicago, New York, Detroit and its all the same street Your typical city involved in a typical daydream Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings Dallas got a soft machine Houston too close to New Orleans New York got the ways and means But just won't let you be Most of the cats that you meet on the street speak of true love Most of the time they're sitting and crying at home One of these days they know they gotta get going Out of the door and into the street all alone Truckin' like the doodah man Once told me "Gotta play your hand Sometimes the cards ain't worth a dime If you don't lay them down" Sometimes the lights all shining on me Other times I can barely see Lately it occurs to me What a long strange trip it's been What in the world ever became of sweet Jane? She lost her sparkle you know she isn't the same Living on reds and vitamin C and cocaine All her friends can say is ain't it a shame Truckin' up to Buffalo Been thinking you got to mellow slow Takes time, you pick a place to go Just keep truckin' on Sitting and staring out of the hotel window Got a tip they're gonna kick the door in again Like to get some sleep before I travel But if you got a warrant I guess you're gonna come in Busted down on Bourbon Street Set like a bowling pin Knocked down, it gets to wearing thin They just won't let you be You're sick of hanging around, you'd like to travel Get tired of travelling you want to settle down I guess they can't revoke your soul for trying Get out of the door, light out and look all around Sometimes the lights all shining on me Other times I can barely see Lately it occurs to me What a long strange trip it's been Truckin' I'm a going home Whoa, whoa, baby, back where I belong Back home, sit down and patch my bones And get back truckin' on Additional lyrics: Once in a while when the music gets into the street Fifty old ladies buck every cop on the beat They're putting the lock on Lindley Meadow and Kezar Beginning to look like we can't play in the park S.F. - that's an open town Sometimes, it even makes a sound Caution, spread the word around Before them mother-truckers close it down
from DOUGLAS ROBERTSON (tnf) Tue 16 Mar 04 14:33
Douglas Robertson writes: I saw a reference to this line on another website (UC Santa Cruz) dealing with Grateful Dead lyrics and thought I'd add my two cents since the author didn't understand what the reference was to. Dallas - got a soft achine Houston - too close to New Orleans There was a club in Dallas back in the late 60's/early 70's called the Soft Machine. I assume the Dead must have played there. The reference to New Orleans has to do with the band's bust in that city. Mickey Hart's father had taken over management of the band briefly, from what I remember from the news I read back then, and made the mistake of not paying off the right people. New Orleans was part of the Dallas mob's territory. They had their own local mafiosi but were under the control of the Dallas family, sort of like Atlantic City belongs to the Philadelphia mob. New Orleans was a very corrupt city back then and if you didn't pay protection money, you got into trouble. I suspect Mickey's father didn't know this or thought the Dead were immune, because they all got busted in the hotel they were staying at. Another incident along the same lines occurred when Pink Floyd came through town. I saw them at the Warehouse, which was the final stop on their Ummagumma tour. Second on the billing was the Allman Brothers, which everyone had come for. When they finished their set, 99% of the audience split, so me and about 100 others had our own little private Floyd show. Their band manager didn't pay off as well, and after that night's concert, their entire truckload of equipment was stolen. All those drums and cymbals, etc. on the cover of Ummagumma got pinched because they didn't play ball with the local guys. I know all this 'cause I lived there at the time and was involved in some illegal activity myself. I think the Dead managed to get off by paying the money they should have at first, plus a hefty penalty, and agreed not to play in the Dallas mob's territory ever again. Or else they just decided to avoid the area altogether on their own. Anyway, keep 'em flying. Glad to see people are keeping the memories alive. - Senortuffy
old softee (xian) Mon 3 May 04 10:09
Of course Burroughs also wrote "The Soft Machine" and I've been told that the reference to Dallas was implying that the local political/graft machine there was "soft" compared to some other places, but that's probably just folk interpretation.
from MIKE CALDWELL (tnf) Sat 13 Nov 04 09:22
Mike Caldwell writes: I am admittedly only a moderately recent fan of GD, and as a songwriter who's into depth and meaning, I enjoyed reading a song which meant a lot to me, "Truckin". After reading all the spotted interpretations about various verses of the song, I think I'm more inclined to draw a larger-scaled conclusion to the point of the song. Someone cleverly drew the "what...happened to Sweet Jane" line to the loss of innocence from the sixties into the seventies, with marijuana usage becoming scarier drug use for the populace, via blow, pills, and/or LSD (i.e. vitamin C). An astute point that I had not seen before. This lyrical image sets the table for the whole song - the innocent, if not idealistic, happiness of their otherworldly origins in hippy mid-60s San Francisco, now exposed to the darker ramifications of the rest of the country's abuse of the 60s drug and freedom movement. They saw a cozy, pharmaceutical utopia in their 1967ish world in California, and upon taking out large tours of the country, they saw the darker world of what might go wrong when people decide to "be free". It might have been an earlier snapshot of how various aspects of flower-era liberation might have backfired in certain contexts, and to see how (such as their quick visit to Altamont) that the real flower power happiness days were crashing to an end, and that death, drug abuse, and crime were to be the new prevalent topics of partially occupied dinner tables all across our gradually tarnishing land. Mike Caldwell
Christian Crumlish (xian) Sat 20 Nov 04 11:16
I thought LSD was "Vitamin A" :^)
David Gans (tnf) Sat 20 Nov 04 11:35
Or "vitamin L."
not up on Well process-queen gossip (izzie) Sat 20 Nov 04 15:30
I've always heard, "Dallas - got a soft blue sheen" and took it to mean something about the oil/petroleum industry stuff in Dallas. I'd never actually looked at the lyric before. I like my way better.
Hear me now (comet) Sat 20 Nov 04 18:42
Perhaps, but the Burroughs reference adds way more to the content.
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Mon 22 Nov 04 11:31
I always thought "reds, vitamin C and cocaine" was a satirically barbed account of emerging bad habits habits as the childish pursuit of love, happiness and enlightenment (whatever became of Sweet Jane?) was left behind in favour of more grown-up interests. I have never hear LSD nicknamed "vitamin C" and I would see it it out of context in that list of nutritional supplements for the jaded.
David Gans (tnf) Mon 22 Nov 04 11:38
No way is Vitamin C LSD in this context.
neil (nlg) Mon 22 Nov 04 11:55
I always took it to mean just exactly that -- Vitamin C, which at the time was just beginning to become what would eventually be the most popular supplement on earth. Lots of people into harder drugs that I knew back then were popping Vitamin C like crazy.
Julie Ellen Anzaldo (jewel) Mon 22 Nov 04 12:19
I remember in the 80s, shortly before the emergence of Smart Drinks, folks would take lots of B vitamins and vitamin C to offset the ravages of other harder drugs. I'll never forget this couple who told me what their vitamin bill was keeping healthy while taking outrageous quantities of LSD. It was like a couple hundred bucks (in vitamins) for a three-night run. Boy could they dance, though!
neil (nlg) Mon 22 Nov 04 13:11
For heavy LSD use, I could see a b-complex once or twice a day, but that should cost at most maybe $0.50 a day. Really can't see any other supplements doing much at all, though some heads report that melatonin and/or 5-htp supplementation (both more readily available now than in the 80s) can help make a second or third day of use in a row more effective (the theory is that these supplements raise seratonin levels in the brain). But melatonin is extremely inexpensive, and the research on 5-htp indicates that it probably never makes it past the gut. I'd love to know what else those folks were taking. I can't even begin to fathom what kinds of supplements one would need to take to run up a tab of a couple hundred bucks for a three-night run. Maybe -- maybe -- $40 or $50, but even that is hard for me to grok. The most expensive multi vitamin/mineral supplements would cost perhaps $5 to maybe $6 or $7 a day. Add to that a few other things (extra b-complex; ester-c; a full-spectrum antioxidant complex with all the newest, latest, most expensive ones; DHA/EPA; phosphatadylserine; gincko biloba and other brain herbs; immunostimulants) -- add them all up, and I still cannot get there. Do you have any idea what they were taking?
Julie Ellen Anzaldo (jewel) Mon 22 Nov 04 15:48
Not a clue. They probably told me, but it was going on 20 years ago now. Funny what stays in your mind. I remember that couple and that night like it was yesterday. I think part of it was the source of the nutrients, and for some reason the word "chelation" comes to mind (about minerals). They were telling me that the vitamins you buy in the store are all synthetic and what you really need are ones extracted naturally, etc.
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Mon 21 Nov 05 07:32
Note Bob Hunter's recent comment (in the context of the Complete Annotated) that "she lost her sparkle" was a reference to a 50's Pepsodent commercial. I couldn't have told you the toothpaste brand for the life of me, and I would have guessed 60's, since my family didn't have TV in the 50s.
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Wed 23 Nov 05 09:30
You'll wonder where the yellow went When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent!
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Wed 23 Nov 05 11:23
Oh, gopod! I remember that.
From GARY W. BURNETT (tnf) Sat 3 Dec 05 14:28
Gary Burnett writes: To the editors of the Grateful Dead Annotated project: December 3, 2005 Good site people! Thanks for doing the hard work so I or anyone else can enjoy the views and experience of Dead music and how it shapes our thoughts. I am taking some time writing and commenting on my views of the song Truckin and what it means to me. I would like to preface my remarks with a statement on music itself and the influence of rock and roll especially since 1965. I am almost 40 now. I am sure this will probably not be read by many people and of those few people I doubt will be over 30. So children take some time and ponder this if you can. It may or may not help you in your future music experience. Be true to yourself and music. Music when produced by an artist is marketed to be sold. If you want music listen free to the radio. If you like what you hear go buy it. When you have purchased what the music industry has packaged for you; it is yours. You cannot sell it or make a profit from it in any way outside permission parameters clearly posted with the product. The only thing you control is its space and time. You also have the unique ability to create your own memories and emotions in your brain when you hear it. It is meant to be heard, listened to and pondered about. The musicians created it. It makes no difference what they were thinking when they wrote it. What matters is what you think when you hear it. It is interesting to know a little information about the origins and general understanding of points of views from the creators, but they are not in the car next to you when you hear it. You take the music you hear and create your own emotion and experience. When you purchase the music that you created memories of your own with, it is the only somewhat tangible connection to that music that is yours and yours alone. Rock and Roll has been around a little longer than I have. I did not take to it from the beginning. I had emotions created in me that I enjoyed when I heard the music. I love all kinds of music but the genre of Rock and Roll (although the definition of Rock and Roll is relative) makes me happy and always has and always will. It is ironic that the death of John Lennon helped create the emotion in me that makes me feel good. I have been a rock and roll fan since almost the hour of his death. Elvis to Snoop Dog, The Supremes to Nicklback, Little Richard to the ever present Eric Clapton rock and roll has been bought and yes it has been sold. And yes children everyone sells out. It has been considered all destroying, evil even. It is not today what it started as because it became what it always was meant to be. A way to make money. Some artists may have had good intentions in the beginning. Bob Dylan probably wrote music for the sake of the music and the ability to make a statement free of charge because it was worth doing for a grand noble cause. If I were his publicist I would try and to continue that message. Someday though someone will use what he wrote to pay their light bill, or buy a boat. It is all something called media now. Media that is sold to the masses to create capital and generate wealth. Woodstock may have been free for the people. The ones with tickets even. The Who still got paid and that is what America is all about. Rock and Roll is American. It may now be called media, however, media is American and this country likes to buy and sell things and if you can get through life without reading Marks or Lenin, buying and selling it is not a bad thing. If you cant, dont buy, sell or support America. Of course, by the way, stop listening and enjoying music move to Canada or even Oregon and learn to beg from Americans. I was looking for something that was going through my head this morning and stumbled upon The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. I read the lyrics to Truckin. I knew the lyrics toTruckin. I read what the artists had to say concerning what inspired the music and lyrics and then read all comments posted. The following is a tribute to Ken Keasy and the Merry Pranksters. Truckin is trucking. It means on the road of life. It does help to have friends with you and bring an amplifier and microphone. You may not want to paint your bus day-glo anything today though. But hey. Keep Truckin! Doodah man is probably wiser than you. However, you will be gone when he wakes up and he forgot to tell you his advice doesnt work for everyone. Dont worry. There is another doodah man in the next town with different advice. Everything in America as of this writing and the writing of Truckin including the cities towns by-ways and neon glow of its peoples is usually typical of the American experience. You must always remember though your just visiting when youre truckin and truckin is not considered respectable in all places believe it or not. Check their local paper. I have a sad feeling Ken Keasy may have been alone in his final years even though he may have been surrounded by true loving family. Those cats the Merry Pranksters and Keasy got out the door and got going though and America is better off because they did. But does this referenced verse keep them from regretting anything? Since there is no mention of them in The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics concerning truckin. I wonder? Doodah men play cards its true. I do not know however when they became American Indians. It makes no difference really. The rule still applies and America is obviously grateful to the American Indian for inventing cards and gambling. I know I am. Sweet Jane is still here and I picture her as Wolfe did with a gold tooth shimmering in the sun coming out of the ocean. I doubt her name was Jane anyway. A friend doesnt say shame today though. They say intervention to your other friends, hopefully. Out west they sometimes accidentally on purpose bottle reds, vitamin C and cocaine and call it a health drink. Then they say what a shame when its taken off the shelves. If you get a tip they are going to bust your door in again. Get truckin. They dont need a warrant it seems today anyway. If you dont get a tip youre not cool and you need to get truckin. If your there and they dont have a warrant, have plans because they will stay at the door till they get one. If youre there and they have a warrant and you didnt get a tip and you have no plans and you still think youre cool. They will still come in. Dress appropriately you may be on COPS. Bourbon Street was built on a hill many years ago apparently by some far- thinking alcoholics. When you truck to New Orleans stay there. Its dry all year long no matter how many hurricanes George Bush creates. Side note: Republicans have never controlled anything in New Orleans. Carlos tried to get it all filled in and he was right. But I digress. Beware of Republican hurricane makers and keep truckin to the DNC if you are thinking about any of this seriously. And yes there are people there that look different than you. Its America. There is a time and place for everything. It is hard to truck when married with three kids. There are large recreational vehicles to make it more comfortable but its hard to sell if painted day-glo colors and wanted in three states for serious and minor crimes. So keep truckin till you dont want to. Then marry your wife or husband or significant other A-sexual partner and take the kids you create or adopt or buy on vacation in a normal colored R.V. to the Grand Canyon because its one of the few places that you dont have warrants. If you have to patch your bones between your truckin adventures you are either doing it all right or something wrong. It is no concern because this means that you have truckin experience. Isnt that what you wanted? You also may be adding to much extreme sports to your truckin itinerary. There is another reason. You may be almost 40 years old. Check your watch. Relax. Keep trucking in spirit or ride it till its gone and has destroyed you. Its America, you choose. You may be truckin to find where you belong. If you find it during your truckin days you should go back there because someone will be truckin that way to see you soon. You can yell at them to clean up the weird bus their driving and tell them to turn that obnoxious loud sound off when truckin around where you belong. When you are where you belong and someone trucks your way you must forget all your truckin experience. It does no good to be a settled down trucker trying to befriend a current novice trucker. I mean when you were truckin, they had no settled down truckers to befriend you did they? Just act 40 and try not to understand. Call the cops if you want to make a memory for the novice trucker. That way when they get old they will go to the Grand Canyon with their kids like you do. You will be dead when he gets there with his so dont worry about meeting them. When the novice trucker has ignored all your complaints and the Cops have told you that youre an old man and should leave the younger generation alone and to stop calling the station to complain something will have happened that the song explains better than anything. You will realize that the reason the light shines on you sometimes is because it has to shine on everyone eventually and of course its been a long strange trip. What the song doesnt say is that it always will be. Gary W. Burnett
Gary Burnett (jera) Sat 3 Dec 05 14:39
Geez. Another Gary Burnett. First there's somebody with my name busted for heroin in New Orleans a week ago, then yet another Gary Burnett appears here via David Gans. I also know about a Gary Burnett who is a bowler somewhere, and another Gary Burnett who is a Computer Science professor in England. Maybe it's time I changed my name to something less common :-) Gary D. Burnett
delicious hot sugary love (izzie) Sat 3 Dec 05 15:27
damn, jera - I was totally reading along and thought you'd written that.
Gary Burnett (jera) Sat 3 Dec 05 15:43
The giveaway, if you don't know my middle initial (and I don't think I ever told you that, dear <izzie>), is the age. Gary W. is almost 40, and I am ... well ... a bit older. And, although it's more than a little strange to contemplate another DeadHead with my name, it's good to hear from you, Gary!
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Sat 3 Dec 05 15:59
I knew it was n't jera pretty quickly......I didn't think jera would spell Kesey incorrectly, being in education and all! Still, that was a fun read and I enjoyed it anyway.
David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 13 Dec 05 14:28
Just had an interesting phone call from someone who mumbled his identity (I think he said "Phil") all about who Sweet Jane really was--someone in the Dead scene way back, and how she went from this totally innocent thing to this drug-addled person who was scarcely recognizable. It was the kind of thing that, if I posted it on the web with a real name of a real person attached, would put me in danger of a libel suit. Then we proceeded to have a cordial discussion about how the lyrics mean different things to us at different times, etc. , y
Christian Crumlish (xian) Tue 13 Dec 05 19:56
the archetype is more interesting than the gossip
truth is (comet) Tue 13 Dec 05 20:42
stranger than fiction
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