David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:42
Touch Of Grey w: Hunter m: Garcia AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/touc.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/TOUCHOFG.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Mon 8 Sep 03 19:56
Touch Of Grey Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Jerry Garcia Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. It must be getting early Clocks are running late Paint by numbers morning sky Looks so phony Dawn is breaking everywhere Light a candle, curse the glare Draw the curtains, I don't care 'Cause it's alright I will get by I will get by I will get by I will survive I see you got your list out Say your piece and get out Yes I got the gist of it But it's alright Sorry that you feel that way The only thing there is to say Every silver lining's got a Touch of grey It's a lesson to me The Ables and the Bakers and the C's The A B C's We all must face And try to keep a little grace I know the rent is in arrears The dog has not been fed in years It's even worse than it appears But it's alright Cows are giving kerosene The kid can't read at seventeen The words he knows are all obscene But it's alright I will get by I will get by I will get by I will survive It's a lesson to me The Deltas and the East and the Freeze The A B C's We all think of And try to keep a little love The shoe is on the hand it fits There's really nothing much to it Whistle through your teeth and split 'Cause it's alright Oh well a touch of grey Kind of suits you anyway That was all I had to say And it's alright I will get by I will get by I will get by I will survive We will get by We will get by We will get by We will survive
Michael D. Sullivan (avogadro) Wed 2 Jun 04 23:08
Heard this the other day on the background music speakers at Staples, believe it or not. First I noticed that the guitar and bass sounded awfully familiar, then realized it was the Dead -- it couldn't be anyone else. Staples, playing the Dead. Right. Anyway, Staples was about to close, so I roamed the aisles until the song was almost over but then had to leave. It rang on after I left. I wasn't familiar with the song, but "we will get by" was pretty clear and was surely Jerry. Googled it, and sure 'nuff. Wow.
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Thu 3 Jun 04 06:27
It is a pity that the mainstreaming of aspects of authentic outrider culture does not have greater impact on the kindness of the dominant reality determinants. And of course the outriders can lose so much in this encounter.
Christian Crumlish (xian) Thu 3 Jun 04 10:49
better when eep hour is used in a cher perfume commercial
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 3 Jun 04 14:21
My favorite thing about Michael's post about hearing the song in Staples is that it was unfamiliar to him--I like that! We tend to think of Touch of Grey as "the hit", and here it is, faded nicely back into obscurity...
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Thu 3 Jun 04 16:48
I can hear one or two notes of a dead tune and know what's coming. Sometimes it's weird where it's coming from. I'm pretty sure it doesn't come from Muzak. I think that Hunter was asked to sign off on licensing his tunes with Garcia for elevator distratction and his answer was "NO". Must have been somebody in the Staples store that plugged in that tape or CD, I guess.
David Dodd (ddodd) Fri 4 Mar 05 11:21
Posted on behalf of Benjamin Johnson: A line from Touch of Grey: Cows are giving Kerosene. For poor farmers, attaining kerosene or having electricity (city luxuries) was not an option, so instead they used cow dung, which containes methane gas and could be used as a fuel. It could be alluded that cow dung could be seen as a replacement for kerosene, especially in rural areas. It can be assumed that this part of the song is about a not so well off family since the previous verse has this line in it: "i know the rent is in arrears" Benjamin Johnson Archive Preservation Associate Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston Street Boston, Massachusetts 02215 617.646.0551 http://www.masshist.org
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Fri 4 Mar 05 13:23
For some reason I always thought that line was talking about the environment.
lifes rich pageant (izzie) Fri 4 Mar 05 13:26
I think it goes well with an illiterate teenaged child, an unfed dog, and unpaid rent. Sounds like a poor farmer to me!
from COREY KAPLAN (tnf) Fri 22 Sep 06 08:39
Corey Kaplan writes: My brother just died recently and while alive he spoke much through music. Touch of Grey was one of his favorites. There is a comment about the line "Cows giving Kerosene" about being about poor farmers. I just wanted opinions about my take of this line which follows: Milk is essential and the life sustaining fluid for new-born mammals. So if cows are giving kerosene (instead of milk, not through converted dung), everything will eventually come to an end because nothing new can survive. I would appreciate peoples input and I thank you in advance. Corey Kaplan
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Wed 27 Sep 06 20:22
I'm with you, Corey. Plus echoes of "I ask for water, she gives me gasoline".
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Thu 28 Sep 06 03:45
When I worked for Ace Hardware, Touch of Grey would play every once in a while. It was just one song on a CD Ace put out, it was like a top 40s type thing. It was the one song I would always listen for. It seemed to clear the air when it did play. I was always tempted to go out to the car and bring in a live CD to play, but I never did.
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Mon 6 Jun 11 08:09
Here's an early version performed by Hunter with slightly different lyrics... http://www.archive.org/download/rh1980-08-21.sbd.unk.flac16/rh1980-08-21.sbd.u nk.flac16.d01t02.mp3
Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 28 Nov 13 01:59
David I see that you mention that "Light a candle, curse the glare" is a play on the saying, coined by Adlai Stevenson in 1962 in reference to the death of Eleanor Roosevelt, that: "She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness..." It looks as if that saying goes back to before Adlai Stevenson. It appears to have been used by Peter Benenson, the founder of Amnesty International, in 1961 (and is why Amnesty's logo is a candle wrapped in barbed wire). Amnesty's website refers to it as an ancient Chinese proverb, but other sites (eg Wiktionary) attribute it to a 1907 sermon by W L Watkinson.
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 28 Nov 13 20:42
Cool! The "ancient Chinese saying" thing will always get you through in a pinch...
David Gans (tnf) Wed 19 Oct 16 12:41
I heard John Mayer sing "I see you've got your fists out..." on the 7/23/16 Dead and COmpany recording. I like that.
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 20 Oct 16 14:38
Great! I like that, too. Would like to hear him make sense of Alabama Getaway, now.
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