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deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #0 of 14: David Dodd (ddodd) Wed 3 Sep 03 12:52
    
The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
w&m: Grateful Dead
AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/goldroad.html
LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/GOLDENRD.HTM
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #1 of 14: Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 4 Sep 03 19:07
    
The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) 
Lyrics: Grateful Dead
Music: Grateful Dead

Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission.

See that girl barefooting along
Whistling and singing, she's a-carrying on
Got laughing in her eyes
Dancing in her feet
She's a neon diamond
She can live on the street

Chorus
Hey, hey, come right away
Come and join the party
Every day
Hey, hey, come right away
Come and join the party every day

Well, everybody's dancing in a ring around the sun
Nobody's finished, we ain't even begun
So take off your shoes, child
And take off your hat
Try on your wings
And find out where it's at

[chorus]

Take a vacation, fall out for a while
Summer's coming in and it's going out in style
Well, lie down smoking, honey
Have yourself a ball
'Cause your mother's down in Memphis
Won't be back till the fall

[chorus]
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #2 of 14: Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Fri 26 May 06 06:10
    


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permalink #3 of 14: Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Fri 26 May 06 06:52
    
Harrrrrrgh, great shot, John!

Lo many year ago, the band of my employ ressurected "Golden Road", and
JA's "Plastic Fantastic Lover". It was around 1980, and the local
crowd was mainly new-wavers and punks. They seemed to respond to
something in those tunes, and we didn't ruin the experience by telling
them that it was their parents that wrote made them.

I stood fast at the lighting board, watching the girls with purple and
pink hair slamming into each other, loving every moment of it until
the management kicked us all out onto the street. Good, clean fun.
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #4 of 14: Gary Burnett (jera) Fri 26 May 06 14:38
    
Did you see any girls barefootin' along?
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #5 of 14: Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Sat 27 May 06 07:06
    
No girls, but I saw about 18 (no kidding) alligators! Hey.......that gives 
me an idea!
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #6 of 14: Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Sat 27 May 06 08:28
    
I did see that girl, a dozen of 'em, in fact, dancin' in a circle
'round the Sun. I trust and hope that they are still smiling so, today.
It was a very good night.
  
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permalink #7 of 14: Christian Crumlish (xian) Sun 18 Jun 06 11:24
    
here's to Vince Welnick who wanted the Dead to revive this song and
made it live with his own side bands (both the Affordables and later
outfits)... and yes I realize that Phil and the unGrateful Dead have
since played it as well.
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #8 of 14: David Gans (tnf) Sun 18 Jun 06 11:36
    

I've got a cool Affordables performanceof The Golden Road that I'm going to
play on KPFA this week (June 21).
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #9 of 14: David Gans (tnf) Sat 8 Jul 06 18:07
    

Bringing an argument from the "lyric daisy chain" topic over here where it
belongs.

I don't believe that line is "Lie down smoking, honey, have yourself a ball"
- doesn't make sense to me.  I think it's "Light out smoking" - in the same
sense as the phrase "I lit out from Reno" in Friend of the Devil.
  
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permalink #10 of 14: Paul B. Israel (pauli) Sat 8 Jul 06 19:20
    
I agree that "Light out smoking" seems to make more sense but it sure does
sound like "Lie down smoking" and the published version in the Grateful Dead
Anthology does have "Lie down smokin'" as the lyric.
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #11 of 14: Gary Burnett (jera) Sun 9 Jul 06 06:44
    
Being that I'm the one who started the mini-fracas by posting "Lie
down smoking," I'm actually pretty agnostic about it.

After all, as utterly cool as the song is (and I do love it dearly),
in this case it ain't the lyrics that make it what it is!

Still, I love the line "'Cause your mother's down in Memphis, won't be
back 'til the fall."
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #12 of 14: Christian Crumlish (xian) Sun 9 Jul 06 15:23
    
surely the Dead organization never allowed any errors to creep into
their publishing!
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #13 of 14: Gary Burnett (jera) Sun 9 Jul 06 15:33
    
Heh!  No kidding!!
  
deadsongs.vue.84 : The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
permalink #14 of 14: David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 10 Jul 06 09:42
    
Right. When Alan Trist and I put together the flap copy for the lyrics book,
we temporized with something like "Settle a bar bet. Or not."
  



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