"Mountains Of The Moon" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Cold mountain water
The jade merchant's daughter
Mountains of the Moon, bow and bend to me
Hi ho the carrion crow
Folderol de riddle
Hi Ho the carrion crow
Bow and bend to me

Hey Tom Banjo
Hey a laurel
More than laurel
You may sow
More than laurel
You may sow

Hey the laurel
Hey the city
In the rain
Hey, hey,
Hey the white wheat
Waving in the wind

Twenty degrees of solitude
Twenty degrees in all
All the dancing kings & wives
Assembled in the hall
Lost is a long & lonely time
Fairy Sybil flying
All along the all along
The mountains of the Moon


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"Mountains of the Moon" as written by Jerome J. Garcia, Robert C. Hunter

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    General CommentI have only read the lyrics of this song, but it reminds of Lord Of The Rings and Tom Bombadil
    Tmo2199on March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know the full meaning of the song but Tom Banjo refers to Tom Azarian - a banjo player who lives in Vermont and used to play with David Grisman who often played mandolin with Jerry..a good review of the song can be found
    arts.ucsc.edu/GDEAD/AGDL/…
    sugErspunon July 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSorry about my screenname (it's a neil young thing) I've been looking into this song for awhile so i can play it right. I've researched it a bit and came to find that "town" should be "time" and "sybil" should be "simple" which, if thats right, adds meaning to the whole thing. It's hard to figure the meaning. Seems like it was written 1000 years ago. 2000 years ago Caesars wore laural crowns. Though now we can fly over the mountains of the moon we haven't changed. We're still killing to be cool. Power tripping. Not sowing... more.
    no1knowson July 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno, "fairly sybil flying" should be "fairy sybil flying." Then it makes sense with the rest of the song... a sybil is a flag.
    BloodReignon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have a pretty general idea of the song, but then again, everyone has there own opinion on the interpritation of the intended meaning of the song. The carrion crow bowing to tom banjo symbolizes his immortality.
    Maxwellhon March 18, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI have to say, this is probably their best song. I think the GD's biggest hits are not as good as the songs nobody knows. Anyway, this song reminds me of something you would dream about. So I think it's from a dream, definitley not a hilucination.
    kimsguitaron December 08, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation"Lost is the long and loneliest town, fairly simply flying.
    All along the, all along the mountains of the moon. "
    The people that have pursued space travel, and have been trying to unveal the mystery of the universe, or the final complexity as the indian Gurus call it, will not be part of the final complexity, and are therefore described as "the lost" and "loneliest town". Read more about the Complexity theory which the dead took inspiration from in "The Psychedelic Experience" and "Shantaram".
    1Deadheadon October 26, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationJerry and Robert Hunter started out in Menlo Park, living in cars, 1961-2...they lived hand to mouth....it was easier then...but as Jerry expanded, met Bob, put the Band together, they had started to become famous/infamous...and by this point, I believe these words were written by Hunter, to Garcia, who is "Tom Banjo", who has had a hand in creating this beautiful thing called The Grateful Dead, and definitely deserves a laurel, but Hunter wishes for more "More than laurel you may know"..wishes for more for him, urges him on, to lead this Tribe of Crazies....the "Dancing Kings and Wives" are the Hippies in the dancehalls of yore, their "lost" years behind them,, and it's "fairly simple flying",,,,,I believe it's a love song from Hunter to Garcia........they had come so far, from not much at all but their desire.
    sealson May 26, 2013   Link

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