"Alligator" as written by Johanna Paton Pigott and Todd Stuart Hunter....
Sleepy Alligator in the noon day sun,
Lyin' by the river just like he usually done.
Call for his whiskey, he can call for his tea,
Call all he want to, but he can't call for me.
Oh no! I've been there before,
And I ain't gonna come around here any more.
Creepy alligator coming all around the bend,
Shoutin' about the times when we was mutual friends,
I checked my memory and I checked it quick, yes I will.
I checked it runnin' some old kind of trick.
Oh no! Well I've been there before,
And I ain't gonna come around here any more.
Sailin' down the river in an old canoe,
A bunch of and an old tennis shoe.
Out of the river all ugly and green,
Came the biggest old alligator that I've ever seen!
Teeth big and pointy and his eyes were buggin' out,
Contracted the union, put the beggars to rout.
Screamin' and yellin', he was pickin' his chops,
He never runs he just stumbles and hops.
Just out of prison on ten dollars bail,
Mumblin' bitches and waggin' his tail.

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"Alligator" as written by Robert C. Hunter Philip Lesh

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    General CommentHow is Nobody gonna comment on Pigpens best song. No one ever appreciated him. Hah yeah right Prolly most loved Dead Keyboardist.
    grg34bon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song itself is a little incoherent but its not all about the words anyways. I love during the little lalala la la bridge how you can hear bob usually going "burn down the fillamore gas the avalon" some upbeat menacing lsd drenched awesomeness. the jam that usually followed always had an awesome time signature and an even better conclusion with jerry picking out the expressions for the words in "we bid you goodnight" alligator is an excellent reflection of the scene and a real example of how individual this music was as well as being a fan favorite science its conception... thank you jerry garcia
    fouretwentey420on December 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe kazoo is great
    armadillobeanon December 05, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationCould these lyrics be about someone or something you know is a bad influence just always calling you back to be part of their schemes?
    angelrenegadeon November 29, 2016   Link
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    Link(s)No real "meaning" but I hadn't picked up on the nursery rhyme reference til reading it here:
    The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics RULES
    angelrenegadeon November 29, 2016   Link

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