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Grateful Dead – It Must Have Been The Roses Lyrics 10 months ago
@[spiv:30504] That's an interesting and plausible take but it doesn't explain why he is making a confession after ten years at sea.

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Grateful Dead – Friend of the Devil Lyrics 11 months ago
Yet another Grateful Dead psychopath. This is a great GD song in how a long story is told in as few words as possible. He blithely tells us that he is married to two women, denying paternity of a child he calls "it" and is in love with a third woman, sweet Anne-Marie, who sounds a lot younger than he is.

He sure feels sorry for himself and invites us to shed a tear for him. Whatever the sheriff is chasing him for it probably isn't bigamy. I find myself rooting for the sheriff.

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Grateful Dead – Mexicali Blues Lyrics 11 months ago
I'm sure that Mexicali Blues has been the inception of a lot of bad acid trips "Wait! Did he say she was 14?"

Like a lot of GD anti-heroes it seems right that he should be running for his life and not just for killing the man in cold blood but for pedophilia. There is no remorse there at all.

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Grateful Dead – Peggy-O Lyrics 11 months ago
William seems to be deluding himself that Peggy is marrying him for love rather than to stop a wholesale bloodbath of all the ladies in the area-o. I agree that this is a disturbing song and the death of Sweet William-O almost certainly a great relief to Peggy and all the other ladies-o.

I don't understand how the captain doesn't have enough money - could Peggy be super wealthy? If he is willing to burn the city and kill all the women then he is unlikely to have the scruples to stop himself looting the homes of the wealthy-o.

The Dead love a thoroughgoing scoundrel and William sure fits the bill.

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Grateful Dead – It Must Have Been The Roses Lyrics 11 months ago
This is the actual meaning of the term "grateful dead" - gratitude for someone who follows the religious requirements of burial for a stranger.

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Grateful Dead – It Must Have Been The Roses Lyrics 11 months ago
@[gary103677:30195] Just to add a couple of things: it seems clear that the house had been ravaged by war, which would explain how the body stayed outside,

I think that he is telling the story ten years after the event, after being away and coming home. Also, he knew her name which was not uncommon during the civil war where relatives and friends found themselves on the opposite side. Annie may have been considered as a missing person if no one else knew how she died. Thus the song is explaining to Annie's friends and relatives that he buried Annie's body, allowing people to grieve her death.

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Grateful Dead – It Must Have Been The Roses Lyrics 11 months ago
My interpretation is that this song is set during the civil war. Someone comes across the body of a woman killed while tending a rose garden. As other people pointed out, no one alive would choose to lie down in a rose bed. This kind of story telling through hints and allusions is typical of GD lyrics. The body has been there long enough for the ribbons to be faded but presumably not long enough to spoil the woman's beauty - perhaps it was late fall and she was bringing in the last of the season's roses and the cold preserved her body.

The narrator seems to be explaining why he is taking the time and effort to bury presumably an enemy woman - likely a rebel soldier burying a union woman as the Dead seem to favour southern and western stories. Again, between the lines this is in a war zone where burying the enemy dead would not be a priority.

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