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permalink #0 of 9: David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 2 Sep 03 15:12
    
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w: Hunter, Weir m: Weir, Hart, Wlenick
LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/EASYANS.HTM
  
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permalink #1 of 9: Alex Allan (alexallan) Tue 2 Sep 03 19:37
    
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Lyrics: Robert Hunter, Bob Weir
Music: Weir, Bralove, Wasserman, Welnick

Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission.

Promises made in the dark dissolve by light of day
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Ain't no saying what will be, it's always been that way
Only thing I know for sure, someone got to pay
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Ain't no easy answers, is what I got to say

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I don't wanna hear
Ain't nobody cares
C'mon let's go
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know

Love is an easy word to say, roll's right off the tongue
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Seems to crop up like a weed, in every song that's sung
It always sounds so easy, the way it falls upon the ear
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Plenty easy answers now, listen to me here
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Find 'em anywhere
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I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know

Shut your eyes and listen to the colours of your mind
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Give yourself a breath of air, let your soul unwind
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You don't have to say a word, you got dick to say
'Cause no-one ever said there's gonna be an easy way
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Find them anywhere
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Ain't nobody care
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I don't wanna know

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I don't wanna know
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I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
Promises made in the dark dissolve by light of day
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Ain't no saying what we'll be, it's always been that way
Only thing I know for sure, someone got to pay
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Ain't no easy answers, that's all I got to say
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I don't wanna hear
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Ain't nobody there
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C'mon now, let's go
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know

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Feel alright
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Feel alright
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permalink #2 of 9: Alex Allan (alexallan) Fri 14 May 04 22:15
    
From interview with Bob Weir in the liner notes to "Weir Here":

"I had some lyrics that Hunter had given me for that, but there
weren't enough of them to make a whole song out of. So Neil [Young]
said, "Let me see what you've got. It needs one more verse." We got tw
verses in, and I sang the first verse again. Neil says, "Shut your eyes
and listen to the colors of your mind." He throws his head back and
says, "Get yourself a breath of air, let your soul unwind. You don't
have to say a word ..." and he was thinking, and I said, "If you've got
dick to say?" And he said, "'Cause no one ever said there's going to
be an easy way." And we had the song."

I've always thought this was one of the worst verses in any GD lyric!
Now we know where it came from. And Neil Young doesn't even get a
writing credit ...
  
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permalink #3 of 9: Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Sat 15 May 04 06:19
    
That's bizarre! I never cared much for those lyrics either.
  
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permalink #4 of 9: Songwriter axiom (comet) Sat 15 May 04 20:07
    
Don't do the rythme if you can't do the time
  
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permalink #5 of 9: David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 17 May 04 08:32
    
Fascinating! It's a whole subset of GD lyric scholarship, like the fact that
David Gans contributed a line or two (David? confirm?) to Throwing Stones.
Uncredited songwriter contributions. New topic?
  
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permalink #6 of 9: David Gans (tnf) Mon 17 May 04 08:48
    
Heh.  Sure.  I contributed two lines to "Throwing Stones: and half a line to
"Hell in a Bucket."  And Weir explained to me on 3/2 that Hunter started "One
More Saturday Night" but only that phrase remained from his original lyric,
so it was credited solely to Weir.
  
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permalink #7 of 9: David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 17 May 04 11:16
    
What's the critical mass to rate a credit? (And what was the phrase in One
More Saturday Night?)
  
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permalink #8 of 9: David Gans (tnf) Mon 17 May 04 14:54
    

> (And what was the phrase in One More Saturday Night?)

The title line.


> What's the critical mass to rate a credit?

I don't know.  I have never discussed it with Alan Trist.
  
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permalink #9 of 9: Christian Crumlish (xian) Thu 20 May 04 19:02
    
My research into Bobby Petersen implied that he contributed a little
bit to Alligator.

I've always liked that verse and I just knew it had to be the one Neil
had a hand in, though I always thought "if you ain't got dick to say"
was Neil's line. Bob must have been in a Neil mood, and Neil was
reaching for that synesthesia thing.
  



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