"China Cat Sunflower" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Look for a while at the china cat sunflower
Proud walking jingle in the midnight sun
Copperdome bodhi drip a silver kimono
Like a crazy quilt star gown through a dream night wind

Na na na, na na na
Na na na, na na na
Ooh, oh, oh

Crazy cat peekin' through a lace bandanna
Like a one-eyed cheshire, like a diamond-eye jack
A leaf of all colors plays a golden-string fiddle
To a double-e waterfall over my back

Na na na, na na na
Na na na, na na na
Ooh, oh, oh

China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat

Comic book colors on a violin river cryin' leonardo
Words from out a silk trombone
I rang a silent bell, beneath a shower of pearls
In the eagle-winged palace of the queen chinee

China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat, china cat
China cat


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"China Cat Sunflower" as written by Robert Hunter Jerry Garcia

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    Song FactWhen this song was first played live over the earliest months of 1968, it was often sandwiched between "Dark Star" and "The Eleven." In 1968 it was played in the key of E as well; over time they would switch to the key of G for this song and there it would stay until the end of the band's career together. Perhaps most interestingly, on the early live versions (again, 1968), Garcia plays the distinctive lead part we all know and love instead of Bob Weir, who would eventually play it while Garcia played the bit that you hear opening the song behind it. I love the early '68 versions - they had a bite to them, much heavier than you'd expect. Check out the one from Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR 2/3/68. Incredible stuff!
    DelilahJoneson September 10, 2014   Link

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