Right outside this lazy summer home
you ain't got time to call your soul a critic no.
Right outside the lazy gate of winter's summer home,
wond'rin' where the nut-thatch winters,
wings a mile long just carried the bird away.
Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world,
the heart has it's beaches, it's homeland and thoughts of it's own.
Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin' brings,
But the heart has it's seasons, it's evenin's and songs of it's own.
There comes a redeemer, and he slowly too fades away,
And there follows his wagon behind him that's loaded with clay.
And the seeds that were silent all burst into bloom, and decay,
and night comes so quiet, it's close on the heels of the day.
Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world,
the heart has it's beaches, it's homeland and thoughts of it's own.
Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin' brings,
But the heart has it's seasons, it's evenin's and songs of it's own.
Sometimes we live no particular way but our own,
And sometimes we visit your country and live in your home,
sometimes we ride on your horses, sometimes we walk alone,
sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own.
Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world,
the heart has it's beaches, it's homeland and thoughts of it's own.
Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin' brings,
But the heart has it's seasons, it's evenin's and songs of it's own.


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    General CommentIt is almost impossible to really understand the real meaning behind any grateful dead song... but i think if you really think about them you can uncover wise and profound thoughts in their lyrics.... what i thought was trying to be said was that you are everything that is beautiful in the world... when he is talking about the heart having season i think it means a persons emotions changing
    sexwax310on May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just full of beautiful imagery - i love the chords they use, it's so invocative of summer and lots and lots of open space and beaches and the sea.......

    I agree with you sexwax, i don't know of any real meaning to the song as a whole but rather each line is a different idea.

    I particularly like "there comes a redeemer but he slowly too fades away". It's possibly talking about prophets such as Jesus. Although Jesus was great and all his messages were for a different time so eventually you need new messages, more applicable to your time and place.
    x0nixon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhoa. Bahai. Yeah the chords are cool in this song. E major 7 is a chord that makes you feel happy.
    Billy88on June 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA classic hippie anthem. Each one of us is the world as we see it.
    *Merlin*on February 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti really like this song... when i play it on my giutar and close my eyes and let my body move me it makes me feel high... pretty insane
    mellowed-outon June 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto bad this is one of the best songs ever.... people who think the dead are hippy shits can eat 9 year old cream corn
    gay cheeseon August 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song that turned me into a Deadhead. It is beautiful and mind-altering in itself. I think the song talks about how you need to live in your own world and do what you think will make a difference in you. Can't get enough of this song.
    cmh2943on September 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I have a 5 minute version, and a 16 minute live version. And the live versions of the Dead are always better.
    Astronautson May 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Astronauts" couldn't be more correct. I was born a deadhead. My moms would always play Live Dead (she likes to trade tapes of concerts to this day).

    This song is supposedly about Janis Joplin, at least that's what my mom and dad used to say.

    Branford Marsalis did the tenor and soprano sax work on the version that appeared on "Without A Net". For those who don't know Branford Marsalis, perhaps you know his brother Wynton? He's a very good trumpet player, one of my favorite.

    I love this song
    mizrboyon March 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe truth is right THERE in the lyrics...

    THERE COMES A REDEEMER, THEN HE SLOWLY TOO FADES AWAY, THERE FOLLOWS A WAGON BEHIND HIM THATS LOADED WITH CLAY

    we shall all shape and make our own meaning for this song, reflected in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves in.

    We are the eyes of the world, and we shall see in life, like in this song, whatever we are focused on IN ourselves...

    YOU ARE THE SONG THAT THE MORNING BRINGS!!!
    harmony7777on September 14, 2007   Link

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