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. Another  – 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…

Weekly Song Challenge Round 37: Patriot Games

Laura is marking Veterans’ Day in the USA in her Weekly Song Challenge today with three patriotic themes. Post a song that is about your country Post a song that is patriotic Post a song that has the colour red, white or blue in either the title or lyrics Weekly Song Challenge Round 37

Song Lyric Sunday: Trains – ‘I Know You Rider’

‘I Know You Rider’ is a traditional American folk song, although for me it’s unbreakably associated with the Grateful Dead, for whom it was a live-performance staple, almost always linked with ‘China Cat Sunflower’ in the ‘China>Rider’ diptych. I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I’m gone; I know you, rider, gonna miss me…

Weekly Song Challenge: Week 29

Work – and, more importantly, time off work – seems to be the underlying theme of Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge this time around. 1. Post a video of a song that makes you think of time off from work “So why on earth should I moan?”   2. Post a video of a song that…

Weekly Song Challenge: Round 22

Having sat out last week’s round – a consequence of sheer idleness on my part – I’m back on Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge for Round 22. Rules: – Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post. – Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions. – Tag two…