(alexallan) Wed 10 Sep 03 23:52
Black Throated Wind w: Barlow m: Weir AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/btwi.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/BLACKTHR.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Wed 10 Sep 03 23:52
Black Throated Wind Lyrics: John Barlow Music: Bob Weir Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Bringing me down, I'm running aground Blind in the light of the interstate cars Passing me by, the buses and semis Plunging like stones from a slingshot on Mars But I'm here by the road, bound to the load That I picked up in ten thousand cafes and bars Alone with the rush of the drivers who won't pick me up The highway, the moon, the clouds, and the stars The black throated wind keeps on pouring in With its words of a life where nothing is new Ah, Mother American Night, I'm lost from the light Oh I'm drowning in you I left Saint Louis, City of Blues In the midst of a storm I'd rather forget I tried to pretend it came to an end 'Cause you weren't the woman I once thought I'd met But I can't deny, that times have gone by Where I never had doubts or thoughts of regrets And I was a man when all this began Who wouldn't think twice about being there yet The black throated wind whispering sin, And it speaks of a life that passes like dew It forced me to see That you've done better by me Better by me than I've done by you Now what's to found, racing around You carry your pain wherever you go Full of the blues, and trying to lose You ain't going to learn what you don't want to know So I give you my eyes, and all of their lies Please help them to learn as well as to see And capture a glance, whoa and make it a dance Of looking at you looking at me The black throated wind keeps on pouring in With its words of a life that could almost be true Ah, Mother American Night, here comes the light I'm turning around that's what I'm going to do Going back home that's what I'm gonna do
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Mon 2 Mar 15 10:49
I was listening to the Veneta show from 8/27/72 today and it sounds like Weir sings "running around, this cloverleaf town".
David Gans (tnf) Mon 2 Mar 15 12:06
Yes, that was the first version of that lyric.
coal will turn to gray (comet) Tue 3 Mar 15 20:38
Hands down, my favorite Weir tune.
Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 22 Oct 15 02:27
"Slingshot on Mars" - echoes of gravitational slingshots used to accelerate spacecraft? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_assist
John Spears (banjojohn) Thu 14 Apr 16 14:42
Mariner 10, in Feb '74 was the first spacecraft to use one planet as a gravitational slingshot to another. As astute observer would could hear about plans for Mariner 10 at least a couple of years in advance. The question is, when was the "like stones from a slingshot on mars" put to paper? I keep hearing "correlation is not causation", so it could just be a poetic metaphor for "fast as hell" that fit well. The whole song is top notch, and one of my favorite Weir songs from that period. Heck, favorite Weir songs period.
David Gans (tnf) Thu 14 Apr 16 20:11
Would have been written no later than the winter
David Gans (tnf) Thu 14 Apr 16 20:12
John Spears (banjojohn) Fri 15 Apr 16 16:23
Thanks, David. I imagine the "slingshot" plans for Mariner 10 were being discussed in the pop science press by the winter of '72. fwiw
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Tue 19 Apr 16 20:59
Well before 1972, there was Blows Against the Empire, specifically, Starship, which includes: And the planetary whip of the sun Will carry you well past Gideon
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