(alexallan) Wed 10 Sep 03 23:30
Alabama Getaway w: Hunter m: Garcia AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/ala.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/ALABAMA.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Wed 10 Sep 03 23:31
Alabama Getaway Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Jerry Garcia Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Twenty two teeth in a jaw-bone Alabama trying for none Before I have to hit him I hope he's got the sense to run Reason the poor girls love him Promise them everything Why they all believe him? He wears a big diamond ring Chorus Alabama getaway, get away Alabama getaway, get away Only way to please me Turn around and leave and walk away [Alternative:Sit down and leave and walk away] Major Domo Billy Bojangles Sit down and have a drink with me What's this about Alabama? It keeps a-coming back to me I heard your plea in the court house Witness box began to rock and rise Forty nine sister states All had Alabama in their eyes [chorus] Major said why don't we give him Rope enough to hang himself? Ain't no need to worry the jury His kind take care of themselves Twenty third psalm Major Domo Reserve me a table for three In the valley of the shadow Just you and Alabama and me [chorus]
Alex Allan (alexallan) Sun 12 Feb 06 10:50
I got this from Bryan Finney: >Greetings Alex, > >I'm doing some personal research on "Alabama Getaway," and was >looking at your and Gan's site for info on when Hunter wrote this >song and what in the world happened in Alabama when he wrote it. > >Can you give any help here? I'm not getting very far on my own. > >Bryan >Benton Harbor, MI It's a good point. David's site/book doesn't have a lot. The lyrics read as if they might well have been written in response to something happening in Alabama, and presumably something to do with crime/punishment. Any thoughts or previous research?
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Tue 14 Feb 06 06:29
For me, the lyric is one of those with apparent original historical references (for Hunter) that really don't concern me. What does is the fact that around the time to song was in the air, I was involved in a beautifully tragic relationship with a girl from Alabama. All the elements from the song were being lived out; all the violence and double-talk, legal proceedings, fine cuisine, biblical references, drinks with a fancy dressing cowpoke, and that beautiful girl. It seemed so weird that the song synchronized with my contemporary experience. It's part of the beauty of the lyric; it's wide open enough to include experiences that Hunter never had. Well, maybe he did. He's not inclined to tell.
waves of violet go crashing and laughing (sffog) Wed 3 Mar 10 23:59
This is just a thought I had after watching a dylan documentary focusing on 79 to 89 titled "Both Ends of the Rainbow". The beginning focuses on the controversy and reaction to the born again album "Slow Train" released in August 79. The opening song on that album is Gotta Serve Somebody. Dylan went to Muscle Shoals Alabama to record that album. Alabama Getaway is the lead song on an album titled "Go to Heaven" recorded in Jul 79 to Jan 80. The album cover has them all dressed up and one might think that they were in for some gospel music like on the dylan album. Alabama Getaway first shows up in dead shows in Nov 79 and hunter shows in Feb 80 so it is possible this is a slight spoof reaction to Slow Train. A recurring character is Alabama Getaway is Major Domo Billy Bojangles. Major Domo is a head servant alluding to Gotta Serve Somebody. Billy is a song dylan performed on album Pat Garrett from 1973 about outlaw billy the kid. Dylan has fashioned himself an outlaw. Mr. Bojangles is performed on "Dylan" album from 1970 about the Jerry Jeff Walker song character who is a dance man. Dylan has fashioned himself as a song and dance man. One could see Alabama or Muscle Shoals as the born again experience anthropomorphized as one of those flashy preacher type leaders with their diamond ring and with an appeal to poor girls. The first person character (the singer) rejects Alabama to the point of feeling the need to knock his teeth out and wanting him to get away but he keeps coming back. The hope is that Alabama will self destruct as many of these types have eventually done. As a side note dylan started performing this song on tour in 1995.
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