"Black Peter" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
All of my friends come to see me last night
I was laying in my bed and dying
Annie Beauneu from Saint Angel
Say "the weather down here so fine"

Just then the wind
Came squalling through the door
But who can
The weather command?
Just want to have
A little peace to die
And a friend or two
I love at hand

Fever roll up to a hundred and five
Roll on up
Gonna roll back down
One more day
I find myself alive
Maybe go
Beneath the ground

See here how everything
Lead up to this day
And it's just like
Any other day
That's ever been
Sun goin up
And then the
Sun it goin down
Shine through my window and
My friends they come around
Come around
Come around

The people may know but
People don't care
That a man could be
As poor as me
Take a look at poor Peter
He's lying in pain
Now let's go run
And see

Run and see
Run and see
Run, run, and see
Hey, hey, run and see

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"Black Peter" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General CommentOne of Jerry's personal favorites...this song spoke to his mournful soul, he loved a sad ballad, the song is about a man at the end of his days just wanting to have a "friend or two" to be with him when he passes on.
    b.mickatavageon April 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is an Amazing song...The Dead will never DIE ! !
    TheDeadon December 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was about a bad acid trip Robert Hunter had one night.
    binghiskhanon April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile reading radom things on Wikipedia I came across the entry for "Zwarte Piet", which is Dutch for "Black Peter". The dutch Santa Claus (Sinterklaas) has Black Peter as his sidekick. Some legends say that Black Peter will steal bad children away. I don't imagine this is connected to the song, but it is worth checking out the Wiki for the picture alone. Apparently the Dutch think black-face is hilarious!
    clovuson December 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLike most of the songs on this album, Working Man's Dead, all the songs relate to the poor, or misforunate or both. This song is about a man who is so poor he's embarrassed that he's dying and only a "friend or two" will be at his funeral. Also during his lamenting the dying man is thinking how every day is the same, so therefore I think he lost hope.
    PTCGAZon December 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThere’s a fine version of this song on Dozin' At The Knick. Garcia is in fine voice and plays delicious guitar having survived serious illness as a result of his drug addiction, yet with only 5 years left to live perhaps contemplating his lyric from the Working Man’s Dead album in 1969 .. “One more day
    I find myself alive
    maybe go
    beneath the ground”
    “Just want to have
    a little peace to die”
    BlackPeteron July 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI had heard "Black Peter" hundreds of times but I didn't bother with the lyrics until after Jerry Garcia's death I read that Patti Smith and her band instinctively played "Black Peter" when they got the news during practice that Garcia had died.

    Clearly Smith and her bandmates cared about Garcia and knew the Dead's work well. Otherwise they would have played a more obvious choice like "Ripple."

    "Black Peter" is brilliant in its simple sad poignance. Few songs in rock compare.
    LuckyTownon November 28, 2013   Link
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    Song FactGarcia sang, "The people might know, but the people don't care," on Workingman's Dead. When performing BP live, he sang, "People might know, but the people don't care," and he was right!
    BluzCaton March 15, 2017   Link

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