"Doin' That Rag" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Sitting in Mangrove Valley chasing lightbeams
Everything wanders from baby to Z
Baby, baby, pretty, young on Tuesday
Old like a rum drinking demon at tea

Baby, baby, tell me what's the matter
Why, why tell me, what's your why now?
Tell me why will you never come home?
Tell me what's your reason if you got a good one

Everywhere I go
The people all know
Everyone's doin' that rag

Take my line go fishing for a Tuesday
Maybe take my supper, eat it down by the sea
Gave my baby twenty, forty good reasons
Couldn't find any better ones in the morning at three

Rain gonna come but the rain gonna go, you know
Stepping off sharply from the rank and file
Awful cold and dark like a dungeon
Maybe get a little bit darker 'fore the day

Hipsters, tripsters,
Real cool chicks, sir,
Everyone's doin' that rag

You needn't gild the lily, offer jewels to the sunset
No one is watching or standing in your shoes
Wash your lonely feet in the river in the morning
Everything promised is delivered to you

Don't neglect to pick up what your share is
All the winter birds are winging home now
Hey Love, go and look around you
Nothing out there you haven't seen before now

But you can wade in the water
And never get wet
If you keep on doin' that rag

One eyed jacks and the deuces are wild
The aces are crawling up and down your sleeve
Come back here, Baby Louise,
And tell me the name
Of the game that you play

Is it all fall down?
Is it all go under?
Is it all fall down, down, down
Is it all go under?

Everywhere I go
The people all know
Everybody's doin' that rag


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"Doin’ That Rag>" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General Commentperhaps the rag is soaked in diethyl ether, which was much more popular back in the day. wadin in the water and never gettin wet may be about how ether evaporates quickly so even with a soaked rag in your face, you wont get wet. i love the hipsters and chicksters part, i wish i could say it all the time.
    scottjefferieson May 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah im pretty positive this songs about ether.
    boleteon February 17, 2010   Link

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