"That's It For The Other One" as written by Jerome J. Garcia, William Kreutzmann, Philip Lesh, Ronald Charles Mckernan and Robert Hall Weir....
The other day they waited, the sky was dark and faded,
Solemnly they stated, "he has to die, you know he has to die."
All the children learnin', from books that they were burnin',
Every leaf was turnin'; to watch him die, you know he had to die.

The summer sun looked down on him, his mother could but frown on him,
And all the others sound on him, but it doesn't seem to matter.

And when the day had ended, with rainbow colors blended,
His mind remained unbended, he had to die, you know he had to die.

Spanish lady comes to me, she lays on me this roes.
It rainbow spirals round and round it trembles and explodes.
It left a smoking crater of my mind i like to blow away.
But the heat came 'round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day.

[Chorus]
Comin', comin', comin' around, comin', around,
Comin', around, in a circle
Comin', comin', comin' around, comin' around, in a circle,
Comin', comin', comin' around, comin' in a circle.

Skippin' through the lily fields i came across an empty space,
It trembled and exploded, left a bus stop in it's place.
The bus came by and i got on, that's when it all began,
There was cowboy neal at the wheel of the bus to never ever land.

[Chorus]

And when the day had ended, with rainbow colors blended,
Their minds remained unbended,
He had to die, oh, you know he had to die.


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"That's It for the Other One" as written by Philip Lesh Jerome J. Garcia

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  • +4
    General CommentI see this song as an almost perfect representation of an LSD trip, musically explained.

    The imagery is clearly acid induced.

    Spanish lady comes to me, she lays on me this rose.
    It rainbow spirals round and round it trembles and explodes.
    It left a smoking crater of my mind I like to blow away.

    If that isn't a description of being on LSD nothing ever was.

    But even more importantly was the music behind the lyrics.

    It starts out structured with plenty of energy, but as the "trip" proceeds things start to break down. Connections become confused. Your senses are mixed up. You can see sounds, or taste colors.

    Eventually during the "peak" of the trip all order and all connections are severed and there is only the chaos of the peak.

    Then, eventually you start to come down. LSD does not last forever. And the most intense periods are relatively short. And after the peak the rhythm and lyrics start to reappear.

    And order is restored to your mind.

    I see this as the basis of all the Grateful Dead jams and Jerry's most excellent guitar playing. But I see it best on the Skull and Roses album in both The Other and Not Fade Away>Going Down the Road. And Dark Star, of course

    It is acid rock at it's absolute best.

    As well as the best musical description of LSD ever conceived.

    Not to mention some of the finest guitar playing this side of Heaven.

    What did they say the goal of the Grateful Dead was? "Describing the indescribable"
    Durangoon May 12, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is talking Ken Kesey and his Merry Prankster's trip from california to new york in '64. Neal Cassady drove the famous "Further" bus, which was painted in swirls of day-glo paint and contained a cooler of orange juice laced with LSD. The trip is documented in Tom Wolfe's book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."
    goodeadheadon March 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"But the heat came 'round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day"

    Bobby was arrested for smiling at a cop after he was hit with a water balloon.
    gr8ful_kenon April 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"There was cowboy Neal at the wheel of the bus to never ever land."
    Cowboy Neal= Neal Cassady
    kelley BELLYYYon February 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing... and 'Durango' explained almost everything about the lyrics.

    It's so acid, and so marvelous... i wish i had discovered GD some years before, listening this song is a mind blowing experience... just beautiful!
    brunobunjakon January 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor the uninitiated (although, if you're reading this, you're chances of being initiated already are 99.99%) grab the Skull and Roses LP and listen to The Other One if you want to know what IT's all about. Of course, there are more complex Other One's, but I like the simplicity in that '71 mean ol' bitch of an Other One. :)
    DaysBetweenon May 07, 2011   Link

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