Song Lyric Sunday: Emotions – ‘Black Peter’

There is a whole range of emotions to choose from for Song Lyric Sunday this week. Fortuitously, one of these feelings – more of an emotional response, as Jim points out – is ‘pain’, which allows me to present one of the Grateful Dead’s most consistently played (over 340 times between 1969 and 1995) slow ballads.

All of my friends come to see me last night
I was laying in my bed and dying
Annie Beauneau from Saint Angel
Say, “The weather down here, so fine”

Just then, the wind
Came squalling through the door
But who can
The weather command?
Just want to have
A little peace to die
And a friend or two
I love at hand

Fever roll up to a hundred and five
Roll on up
Gonna roll back down
One more day
I find myself alive
Maybe go
Beneath the ground

See here, how everything
Lead up to this day
And it’s just like
Any other day
That’s ever been
Sun going up
And then the
Sun, it going down
Shine through my window and
My friends, they come around

Come around
Come around

The people may know but
The people don’t care
That a man could be
As poor as me
Take a look at poor Peter
He’s lying in pain
Now, let’s go
Run and see
Run and see

Written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

Song Lyric Sunday 24 April 2022

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