"Lazy River Road" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Way down upon Sycamore Slough
White man sings the blues
Selling roses of paper mache
And flecks of starlight dew

Swiped a bunch and threw them your way
Where hazy moonlight glows
Way down, down along lazy river road

Way down upon Shadowfall Ward
End of the avenue
Run, hide, seek in your own backyard
Mama's backyard won't do

All night long I sing love's sweet songs
Down where the water flows
Way down, down along lazy river road

Moonlight wanes as hound dogs bay
Never quite catch the tune
Stars fall down in buckets like rain
There ain't no standin' room

Bright blue boxcars train by train
Clatter while dreams unfold
Way down, down along lazy river road

Way down upon Seminole Square
Belly of the river tide
Call for me and I will be there
For the price of a taxi ride

Nighttime double clutches into the day
Like a truck down shifting it's load
Way down, down along lazy river road

Moonlight wanes as hound dogs bay
Never quite catch the tune
Stars fall down in buckets like rain
There ain't no standin' room

Bright blue boxcars train by train
Clatter while dreams unfold
Way down, down along lazy river road

Thread the needle right through the eye
The thread that runs so true
All the others I let pass by
I only wanted you

Never cared much for careless love
Oh, how your bright eyes glow
Way down, down along lazy river road
Way down, down along lazy river road
Way down, down along lazy river road



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"Lazy River Road" as written by Robert Hunter Jerry Garcia

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    General CommentI have a faint clue of what this song is about, but mostly, to me its just a great collection of poetic imagrey....with a great tune that can really make ya weep...just readin gthe lyrics....but man if your listening to this song when your driving down a fogy road in the middle of the road and your all alone, youll just start bawling. As far as im concerned, a great song dosent need to be about anything.
    c.fon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree completely. The song doesn't need to be about anything except the imagry it creates in our minds.

    I think this song is more about mood.

    I did read an interview with Robert Hunter about how he wrote songs. Jerry, or Dylan for that matter, would come to him with the tune and he would scat sing words into it getting the rhythm and phrasing right. Eventually the scat would take form into words.

    The word do not necessarily make 'sense".

    But it is a trait of a great lyricist when they can do that.

    And an even greater trait when the meaning can be different to everyone who hears the song.
    Durangoon May 12, 2009   Link

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