"Crazy Fingers" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Your rain falls like crazy fingers
Peals of fragile thunder keeping time
Recall the days that still are to come some sing blue.
Hang your heart on laughing willow stray
Down to the water, deep sea of love
Beneath the sweet calm face of the sea swift undertow.

Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know,
See how it feels in the end.
May lady lullaby sing plainly for you soft, strong, sweet and true.
Cloud hands reaching from a rainbow tapping at the window, touch your hair
So swift and bright strange figures of light float in air.

Who can stop what must arrive now? something new is waiting to be born
Dark as the night you're still by my side shine inside .
Gone are the days we stopped to decide where we should go, we just ride.
Gone are the broken eyes we saw through in dreams gone, both dream and lie.

Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know,
Feels like it might be all right,
While lady lullaby sings plainly through you love still rings true.
Never could reach it, just slips away but I try.


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"Crazy Fingers" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General CommentGreat intro, great song. I especially like the gold ring metaphor for spiritual growth/personal completion/whatever.

    Crazy Fingers might refer to the jazz pianist Claude Hopkins
    floating_eyeon May 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love the whole life is good feel to this song, love the words and love how at the end every one comes together to sing on the "just slips away" part.
    jackerscrackerson September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of my fav's to sing and play, while learning the lyrics it hit me......
    It's is about falling in love, and conceiving a child.

    "Recall the days that still are to come some sing blue." the conversation of starting a family.

    "Stray down to the water, deep sea of love....." refers to a womens' Yoni.

    "Cloud hands reaching from a rainbow tapping at the window, touch your hair
    So swift and bright strange figures of light float in air." refers to the tenderness of making love, and human physiology, the way sperm and egg meet one another.

    "Who can stop what must arrive now? Something new is waiting to be born
    Dark as the night you're still by my side shine inside ." She's preggers!!

    "Gone are the days we stopped to decide where we should go, we just ride.
    Gone are the broken eyes we saw through in dreams gone, both dream and lie." New life brings new hope.

    "Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know,
    Feels like it might be alright,
    While Lady Lullaby sings plainly through you Love still rings true." Despite the work it is to bear and raise a family, Love is the true reward.

    "Midnight on a carousel ride reaching for the gold ring down inside,
    Never could reach it, just slips away but I try." Parents strive to be the best they can, but are still fragile humans, prone to making mistakes.

    edervjoon March 30, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, Crazy Fingers is a death bed prayer, a conversation with the creator, the omniscient possessor of the fingers of rain and light who can recall what still is to come, in the final moments before "Lady Lullaby" sings her song and "something new is born". It is a recognition that without the hidden risks and hardships life would not be what it is and those things, the undertow, only serve to heighten the grandeur of the "deep sea of love" that is life. In those last moments we must necessarily let go and shed our illusions of control and the delusions under which we have lived in life. Though we may never have achieved the gold ring of perfection in existence the important thing is that we tried now that it is midnight on this carousel ride.
    toanmoon December 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most deeply philosophical GD songs of all time. It rivals Terrapin Station in its all encompassing glance at the matters of existence.

    "Your rain falls like crazy fingers"-referring to the creator or universal energy"keeping time".

    "Recall the days that still are to come, some sing blue(indigo ray)(the ascencion of mankind into higher dimensional loving beings understanding the meaning of it all which is that god is love)


    "Hang your heart on weeping willow, stray down to the water(referring to the river of life, which flows, meaning to let it flow).


    "Cloud hands reaching from a rainbow tapping at the window, touch your hair
    So swift and bright strange figures of light float in air." The cloud hands are ascended masters(look up rainbow ascencion. Most ascended figures are seen hovering above a rainbow. Strange figures of light is because they have transformed to their light bodies in the 5th dimension for helping others much like Jesus did. Tapping at your window is the window of your soul, helping guide you and make it thru.


    Though we may never have achieved the gold ring of perfection in existence the important thing is that we tried now that it is midnight on this carousel ride. The gold ring is perfection in being perfectly imperfect or ourselves. Being yourself is the most important thing you can do while you are here. Find your path, chase your gold ring, and be you.

    In conclusion, I can't help but think that Robert Hunter was almost given the keys to existence from someone who knew. His words in almost every song but this one more than others, leads me to beleive he was given the most secret information from higher beings or extraterrestrials. If you think this assertion is too much, look at it thru the microscope. This is what he meant. Look up 2012 ascencion.
    aeb105on April 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLove this one! Fav. Dead song!! My thoughts are that it's kind of a story about someone thinking what it will be like to die and the unknown factor of what happens. Pondering that not knowing may make life sweeter and although our creation and death are a mystery we as humans will always try to find the answer.

    "Your rain falls like crazy fingers
    Peals of fragile thunder keeping time " -Talking about Creation or Creator.

    "Recall the days that still are to come some sing blue.
    Hang your heart on laughing willow stray
    Down to the water, deep sea of love
    beneath the sweet calm face of the sea swift undertow."
    - About the up's and downs of life love and possibly our carefree nature from not knowing our fate or reason of being.

    "Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know,
    See how it feels in the end."
    - Not knowing might make life sweeter. We will see and find out at the end of life.

    "May Lady Lullaby sing plainly for you soft, strong, sweet and true." - wishing a peaceful transition into the end/death

    "Cloud hands reaching from a rainbow tapping at the window, touch your hair
    So swift and bright strange figures of light float in air."
    -The creator reaching down from above taping on your window/body to awaken your soul to trancend. Softly touching your hair calming you. Seeing the bright light we hear about and the strange figures being our souls/angels/guardians whatever you believe.

    "Who can stop what must arrive now? Something new is waiting to be born
    Dark as the night you're still by my side shine inside
    - A new form of life/being. Your present life is dark now gone but your soul still shines insde you.

    "Gone are the days we stopped to decide where we should go, we just ride.
    Gone are the broken eyes we saw through in dreams gone, both dream and lie."
    - Your former earth life gone your cares, worries, loves come to be nothing that concerns you.

    "Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know,
    Feels like it might be alright,
    While Lady Lullaby sings plainly through you Love still rings true.
    - In the end maybe not knowing may be a blessing. If in the end we there is nothing and we were just some chemicals in the air that would be kind of a let down. With life and death a mystery and being able to have these dreams and hopes helps make things feel alright.

    "Midnight on a carousel ride reaching for the gold ring down inside,
    Never could reach it, just slips away but I try."
    - Reaching for the gold ring (meaning for you soul/life) and although we will never know we still seek the answer. I also agree that as in above statements that this may also be refering to the carousel ride where you attempt to grab the ring which seems like a impossible and dangerious task but you still try.
    Carrie77444on August 15, 2012   Link

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