"Bear Melt" as written by John William Casady, Spencer Dryden, Paul L. Kantner, Jorma L. Jr. Kaukonen and Grace Wing Slick....
There are always just a few pebbles
In the middle of a stream
When it's trying to be a flowing mother

Oh she blows she blows
Nobody knows
Oh there she goes
Nobody knows

Then along comes a little tiny
Animal nipping a
Few drops out of her side
Just a few drops from her side

She can run
She could stay
But the days not right and so she's gonna move
Let me tell you gonna move
Let me tell you how I'm gonna move along
Out away

But ahhhh
There's a man come along with a jacket on
Long gun in his hand
I said there was a man coming on
With a red jacket on
And a big long gun in his hand

Got a sledge hammer
All he needs is one head
Just one sledge hammer baby and all
All them animals is dead
Yeah dead

But why not keep the little animals alive?
Why not?
I say why not?

And don't you worry 'bout being sentimental honey
They're just an animal you want to keep alive
Keep alive

And give it to you what I have
Give it to me
Give to you yeah
And give it to me
Oh

You know how good it feels when somebody gives it to you
Yeah, it feels good when somebody gives it to you.
Gives it to you right here.

Tell me how it feels.
When somebody gives it to you good.

Oh you could listen
To a thousand different reasons
Why you can't go.


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"Bear Melt" as written by Spencer Dryden John William Casady

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    General CommentGrace at probably her most lascivious. The sexual revolution was really taking off when this song was recorded so it's no wonder that Grace saw fit to say something about it and society's repression of it, in her own unique way. Those little animalistic urges you know. You've probably heard a thousand different reasons why you can't go all the way.

    Bear melt refers to those little plastic honey containers and how they melt when placed on a hot stove.
    brumuson January 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentReally? Why then the mention of a "Red Jacket on", and the "Sledge Hammer", and the "a thousand reasons why you can't go"? The song was about the Vietnam War.
    paul102112on October 15, 2016   Link
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    General CommentBoth of these guesses at meaning are way off base. Gracie was going through an animal rights thing at this time, and combined thoughts from this philosophical position with the usual psychedelic symbolism Slick and Kantner lyrics often encoded.

    Pebbles blocking the flow of a river, as well as the reference to "a thousand different reasons you can't go," refer to our ego-drive fears and attachments that hold us to Earth, prevent the experience of ego-dissolution.

    The use of double-meanings is as old as language, and was heavily empolyed by the more intelligent writers working in the genre of REAL "acid rock." King Crimson's song writer (Peter Sinfield) was especially skillful at layering ideas.

    For someone under the influence of 600 mcg of REAL LSD (LSD-25) such encoding and decoding (comprehension of the true 'psychedelic' message encoded 'between the lines') was par for the course. One needed a few smarts and some ability to comprehend symbolism to begin with, but this was what that period was all about: consciousness.

    Today it is "Conspicuous in its absence."
    iamdorianon November 24, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI would reckon its relating to LSD and Owsley "Bear" Stanley who supplied it.
    mikension February 27, 2017   Link

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