"I Know You Rider" as written by and Jorma Kaukonen....
Bringing me down,
I'm running aground
Blind in the light of the interstate cars.
Passing me by,
The buses and semis,
Plunging like stones from a slingshot on Mars.

But I'm here by the road,
Bound to the load
That I picked up in ten thousand cafes and bars.
Alone with the rush of the drivers who won't pick me up,
The highway, the moon, the clouds, and the stars.

The black-throated wind keeps on pouring in
With its words of a life where nothing is new.
Ah, Mother American Night, I'm lost from the light.
Oh, I'm drowning in you.

I left St. Louis, the City of Blues,
In the midst of a storm I'd rather forget.
I tried to pretend it came to an end
Cause you weren't the woman I thought I once met.

But I can't deny that times have gone by
When I never had doubts or thoughts of regret
And I was a man when all this began
Who wouldn't think twice about being there yet.

The black-throated wind keeps on pouring in.
And it speaks of a life that passes like dew.
It's forced me to see that you've done better by me,
Better by me than I've done by you.

What's to be found, racing around,
You carry your pain wherever you go.
Full of the blues and trying to lose
You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know.

So I give you my eyes, and all of their lies
Please help them to learn as well as to see
Capture a glance and make it a dance
Of looking at you looking at me.

The black-throated wind keeps on pouring in
With its words of a lie that could almost be true.
Ah, Mother American Night, here comes the light.
I'm turning around, that's what I'm gonna do

Goin back home that's what I'm gonna do
Turnin' around,
That's what I'm gonna do

'Cause you've done better by me
Than I've done by you


Lyrics submitted by itsmyownmind

"I Know You Rider" as written by Jerome J. Garcia, William Kreutzmann, Philip Lesh, Robert Hall Weir, Keith R. Richard Godchaux, Ronald Charles Mckernan, Dp,

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThis is a traditional blues tune. Dead covered and jammed it well. This is one of the many songs with traditional railroad references/imagery in ti. Take fro mthis song what you will--personally, I feel this song is a tale of transition, a tale of one man's progression through life. I think that ithis person realizes that to grow in life, he has to leave things behind that may be conforting at the time, but in the end, are no good for him . Wishing to be a headlight on a northbound trail is the desire to lead somone or somthing to better things.
    Depending on how the jam goes, this song can take on different feelings/attitudes. Great interpretation.
    binghiskhanon April 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"The sun will shine in my back door some day.
    March winds will blow all my troubles away."

    Recovering from something?
    Astronautson August 04, 2006   Link

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