"Candyman" as written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter....
Come all you pretty women with your hair a hanging down
Open up your windows 'cause the Candyman's in town
Come on boys and gamble, roll those laughing bones
Seven come eleven, boys I'll take your money home

Look out, look out, the Candyman
Here he comes and he's gone again
Pretty lady ain't got no friend
Till the Candyman comes around again

I come in from Memphis where I, I learned to talk the jive
When I get back to Memphis, be one less man alive
Good morning Mr. Benson, I see you're doing well
If I had me a shotgun, I'd blow you straight to Hell

Look out, look out, the Candyman
Here he comes and he's gone again
Pretty lady ain't got no friend
Till the Candyman comes around again

Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Come on boys and wager, if you have got the mind
If you've got a dollar boys, lay it on the line
Hand me my old guitar, pass the whiskey 'round
Won't you tell everybody you meet that the Candyman's in town, 'own

Look out, look out, the Candyman
Here he comes and he's gone again
Pretty lady ain't got no friend
Till the Candyman comes around again

Look out, look out, the Candyman
Here he comes and he's gone again
Look out, look out, the Candyman


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"Candyman" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General CommentI remember seeing/hearing an interview w/ Jerry from way back where he said something to the effect that, most of his songs (written with Robt Hunter) are not about specific events from his life, but Candyman was an exception (there are others, certainly, New Speedway Boogie comes to mind). He also said, or hinted, that Candyman is NOT about a drug dealer. Rather, the Candyman is a guy who screws around with other guys' girlfriends/wives - a dirty rounder, if you will.

    I've always listened to the song w/ that interpretation in mind. It makes sense. The first verse is from the Candyman/Casanova standpoint. A guy doesn't have to come in through the window to see his own girlfriend/wife, does he? The second verse, I think, is of the cuckold - the man whose girl banged the Candyman behind his back. Makes sense, he wants to blow the guy's head off. Third verse, we're back to the Candyman's viewpoint. Not sure how the gambling references fit in, (but Hunter loved him some gambling references in his songs, didn't he?). The last verse may just show the Candyman to be an arrogant braggart (most philanderers have monster egos). Maybe the Candyman's taunting..."wanna bet I can't get in bed w/ your woman?"...

    I may be wrong, but I always assumed this was Jerry's response to a specific person who he knew and who, possibly, even banged one of Jerry's girls. Which I always found a bit ironic since Jerry wasn't exactly known for being Mr Monogamy.
    bbrockmeon August 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best songs ever, as is this entire album, American Beauty.
    Traverson April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely... American Beauty is stellar.
    Atemporalon January 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInsert "candyman" for "drug dealer" and the song makes sense
    thedanman344on May 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentInsert "candyman" for "drug dealer" and the song makes sense
    thedanman344on May 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthat would be the most obvious interpretation. it's what I've long called my hookup.
    raoul_dukeon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn the early 20th century a "candyman" was either a drug dealer(as previously stated) or someone who was renowned for being lucky, especially with women. The later meaning does seem to fit the first stanza and refrain better.
    StatusQuoExileon September 26, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningyes this album should be in everyone's iPod
    but the question is who is Mr. Benson?
    is it a reference to a real person?
    obviously a drug dealer, just wondering what the story was.
    TheSmokeMonsteron December 22, 2010   Link

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