Song Lyric Sunday: Weaponry – ‘China Doll’

This week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is centred around weaponry, with key words including ‘bomb’, ‘gun’ knife’: you know, all that good stuff. I couldn’t come up with a suitable song title containing any of these words, so instead I’ve opted for this gentle Grateful Dead ballad. Apparently, Robert Hunter’s working title for this…

‘I’d like to thank…..’

Bloganuary Day 10: I like a list, but not this kind…. What are five things you’re grateful for today? Now, I like a list as much as the next blogger, but I have to say I’m a bit cautious about this particular prompt. That’s because to my mind these sort of ‘count your blessings’ lists…

Song Lyric Sunday: Housing – ‘Attics Of My Life’

This week the theme for Song Lyric Sunday is houses and rooms in a house. As soon as I saw the word ‘attic’ my thoughts went straight to this simply gorgeous song from the 1970 album ‘American Beauty’. Noting that Jim himself had chosen something else, I had no hesitation in offering up this dreamy,…

Song Lyric Sunday: Alternatives – ‘The Other One’

Suggested by the illustrious Fandango, ‘Choices’ is the over-arching theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week: this, that or the other. Well, if a bit of everything isn’t an option, I guess I’ll settle for a bit of the other. ‘The Other One’ was a staple of Grateful Dead shows and one of the most…

Song Lyric Sunday: Americana – ‘Jack Straw’

On Independence Day, Jim’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is entirely appropriate – any music by an American artiste or artistes. Even from this side of the Atlantic it’s very clear that one of the most influential groups representing American culture (and, indeed, counter-culture) must be the Grateful Dead. Many of their songs…

Song Lyric Sunday: Bridal – ‘Stella Blue’

The traditional trappings of a wedding – ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ constitute Jim’s keywords for Song Lyric Sunday this week. This has nothing to do with nuptials, but ask me what’s my favourite Grateful Dead song and although I would be hard-pressed to make a single choice, this would always be…

Song Lyric Sunday: Somewhere – ‘Days Between’

I usually try to avoid – albeit for no particular reason – featuring the same artistes on consecutive Sundays, but this time is an exception – and it’s for an exceptional song. AnotherĀ  – the final? – Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia collaboration, ‘Days Between’ is a plaintive, elegaic ballad that featured quite frequently in live performance…

Song Lyric Sunday: Light and Shade – ‘Dark Star’

For Jim’s prompt this week, it couldn’t really be anything else for a self-respecting deadhead but the touchstone of their psychedelic improvisation: ‘Dark Star’ Robert Hunter’s lyrics are intriguing, to say the least, and nothing if not psychedelic –‘reason tatters’; ‘glass hand dissolving’. Unusually, the music is credited to all members of the group (at…

Song Lyric Sunday: Extremities – ‘Crazy Fingers’

It’s all about bodily extremities for Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday challenge this week, so let’s go with fingers and the Grateful Dead’s ‘Crazy Fingers’, one of my favourite songs in the canon. Robert Hunter’s lyrics are sheer poetry and if you have the time (and inclination) listen to the magic starting from 4:45 in this…