(alexallan) Thu 11 Sep 03 00:03
Can't Come Down w&m: Grateful Dead AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/ccdo.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/CANTCOME.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 11 Sep 03 00:04
Can't Come Down Lyrics: Jerry Garcia Music: Grateful Dead Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. I'm flying down deserted streets Wrapped in mother's winding sheets Asbestos boots on flaming feet Dreaming of forbidden treats When uniforms on nighttime beats Ask me where I'm going and what I eat I answer them with a voice so sweet Chorus I can't come down, it's plain to see I can't come down, I've been set free Who you are and what you do don't make no difference to me Well someone trying to tell me where it's at And how I do this and why I do that With secret smiles like a Cheshire cat And leather wings like a vampire bat I fly away to my cold water flat And eat my way through a bowl of fat And I say to the man with the funny hat [chorus] They say I've begun to lose my grip My hold on reality is starting to slip They tell me to get off this trip They say that it's like a sinking ship Life's sweet wine's too warm to sip And if I drink I'll surely flip I just say as I take a nip [chorus] So as I dream of forgotten seas And granite halls and redwood trees And of the eye that only sees Endless mirrors and infinite me's About the winter's coming freeze This afterthought I say with ease To all of you who made your pleas [chorus]
David Gans (tnf) Thu 11 Sep 03 07:52
I have always thought of this as Jerry's "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
Gary Burnett (jera) Fri 12 Sep 03 13:07
Right on target there, I think. Though (much as I hate to say it, it's still pretty obvious when reading through these lyrics) Jerry was no Dylan, & it was an overall good thing that Hunter came along!
Christian Crumlish (xian) Sun 14 Sep 03 13:24
Must be one of the earliest sly acid-trip references too, eh, the whole feeling of not being able to "come down" so familiar to first-time and avid acidheads (oh so I've heard, <snrk>).
David Gans (tnf) Mon 20 Oct 03 21:03
Posted by Alex Allan on the GDH list: >What can anyone tell me about the history of "Can't Come Down"? It's credited to all the members of the Grateful Dead, not just Jerry Garcia. Bob Weir described the writing of the song in an interview around the time the Golden Road box set was issued: "Well, we wrote all the music and Jerry wrote the lyrics. Jerry excused himself for a moment and went off. He came back with a couple of verses and we put together a chorus."
possibly delusional (kayrobin147) Fri 16 Jul 04 18:16
There's something about the beat that reminds me of Let's Go Surfing. Go figure! You know this is the first time I've ever read the lyrics?! Sounds like Jerry's first self-written epitaph: They say I've begun to lose my grip My hold on reality is starting to slip They tell me to get off this trip They say that it's like a sinking ship Life's sweet wine's too warm to sip And if I drink I'll surely flip I just say as I take a nip [chorus] So as I dream of forgotten seas And granite halls and redwood trees And of the eye that only sees Endless mirrors and infinite me's About the winter's coming freeze This afterthought I say with ease To all of you who made your pleas [chorus] Or is that just too cynical.
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Sun 18 Jul 04 15:24
Heh! I still haven't come down. Not that I've I've surfed ;-)
Alex Allan (alexallan) Wed 20 Oct 04 14:12
This from Chris Wallis: "in the version of Standing on the Corner played on 7/29/66 in Vancouver, the final verse is different: If you ask me what I'm doing, I can't answer right If you ask me what I'm doing, I can't answer right Seems like nothin' ever changes, and nothing's gonna turn out right "Most pessimistic Dead song ever?"
David Gans (tnf) Wed 20 Oct 04 17:58
Shouldn't that go in topic 187?
Alex Allan (alexallan) Sun 24 Oct 04 02:48
Oops - sorry. Slip.
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 5 Apr 12 17:35
Performed during the run of shows opening Terrapin Crossroads. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvOI_hwRwm8&feature=related
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