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
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]
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Fri 26 May 06 06:10
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.
Gary Burnett (jera) Fri 26 May 06 14:38
Did you see any girls barefootin' along?
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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."
Christian Crumlish (xian) Sun 9 Jul 06 15:23
surely the Dead organization never allowed any errors to creep into their publishing!
Gary Burnett (jera) Sun 9 Jul 06 15:33
Heh! No kidding!!
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."
David Gans (tnf) Sun 23 Oct 16 14:02
Friend last night told that for years she and her boyfriend thought the line was "Ball a honey every day."
David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 25 Oct 16 10:51
"She come runnin' and we ball all night..."
David Gans (tnf) Tue 25 Oct 16 11:11
When I was a teenager having my first sexual experiences, "ball" was one of the most popular verbs.
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