"Scarlet Begonias" as written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter....
As I was walkin' down Grosvenor Square,
Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air,
From the other direction she was calling my eye,
Could be an illusion but I might as well try, might as well try.

She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes,
And I knew without askin' she was into the blues.
She wore scarlet begonias tucked into her curls,
I knew right away she was not like other girls, other girls.

In the heat of the evening when the dealin' got rough,
She was too pat to open and too cool to bluff.
As I picked up my matches and was closin' the door,
I had one of those flashes, I'd been there before, been there before.

Well I ain't often right but I've never been wrong,
Seldom turns out the way it does in the song.
Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right.

Well there ain't nothin' wrong with the way she moves,
All scarlet begonias or a touch of the blues.
And there's nothing wrong with the look that's in her eyes
I had to learn the hard way to let her pass by, let her pass by.

The wind in the willow's playing "Tea for Two,"
The sky was yellow and the sun was blue,
Strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand,
Everybody's playing in the heart of gold band, heart of gold band.


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"Scarlet Begonias" as written by Robert Hunter Jerry Garcia

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    General Commentthis song reminds me of janis joplin "She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes. And I knew without askin' she was into the blues."
    sunshinedaydream12on February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about a gent falling over and over for the same type of girl, and through out the course of the song the narrator realizes that he will never find any sort of true love through this type of girl. And thats ok with him. The beginning of the song is dark and gloomy and describes a cold dark place. Through out the course of the song it is realized and a weight is lifted off the shoudlers of the narrator, the end is happy and paints a vibrant color. Not to mention the whole this is fillied with nonsensical contradictions.
    wdpimon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOnce in a while you get shown the light
    In the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    ^the answer to life^
    Drucker Truckeron November 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt could be about pigpen and janis. pigpen died just over a year before its debut
    tenneseejedon April 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pure love.
    pure fucking love.

    The sky was yellow and the sun was blue.

    i'm so happy i could die.

    p.s. when janis sings this with the dead, it's a beautiful thing.
    Barking Sparrowson December 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentanyone think there's a The Wind In The Willows allusion? It was a popular children's book from the early 1900's? i can't figure out if it's just a coincidence
    sourire0947on February 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwonderful
    kalion July 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of my dear friends taryn. this song is very much her and listening to it makes me want to cry. it is something amazing when music is that good.
    kingmikekingon March 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of my best friend. i love her with all my heart so when she's not around and i need a shoulder to cry on, this song makes me feel better.
    ultimateposeuron April 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commentawww....the song of my soul =) i love this song so much
    CrimsonanCloveron November 08, 2004   Link

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