"West L.A. Fadeaway" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
I'm looking for a chateau, twenty one rooms but one will do
I'm looking for a chateau, twenty one rooms but one will do
I don't want to buy it
I just want to rent it for a minute or two

I met an old mistake walking down the street today
I met an old mistake walking down the street today
I didn't want to be mean about it
I couldn't think of one good thing to say.

[Chorus]
West L.A. fade away, west l.a. fade away
Big red light on the highway, little green light on the freeway.

Got a steady job moving items for the mob
Got a steady job moving items for the mob
Know the pay's pathetic
It's a shame those boys couldn't be more copacetic

[Chorus]

I need a west L.A. girl, already know what I need to know
I need a west L.A. girl, already know what I need to know
Lord, just how far to go.

West L.A. fade away, here's one chance you say.
She tries to live by the golden rule.
Said you treat other people right,
Other people probably treat you cool.


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"West L.A. Fadeaway" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General CommentI guess we all know what this one's about. :-(
    jakiebumon December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAdditional lyrics from '82;

    Hear what Ginger says, talks like she ain't nobody's fool,
    Hear what Ginger says, she tries to live by the golden rule,
    "treat other people right, other people probably treat you cool..."
    jakiebumon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe "minute or two" in the later chorus might extend the reference to hard drug use, not just to prostitution. Fun times! Well, I guess there sure are a lot of amazing songs about heroin... just glad I never had the occasion to write one.
    joejefferyCTon November 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think this song's about Jerry's heroin use. I watched the Bob Weir documentary just the other night and he talked about how Jerry would make Bob hold his shit for him because he knew Bob would never do any of Jerry's stash. Pretty sure this song was written by Bob too. And west la fadeaway: Jerry's fading away. Just need to use it for a minute or two: Needs a room to shoot up real quick
    derek11396on July 10, 2015   Link

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