"High Time" as written by Robert C. Hunter & Jerome J. Garcia...
You told me goodbye, how was I to know
You didn't mean goodbye, you meant please don't let me go
I was having a high time, living the good life, well I know
The wheels are muddy, got a ton of hay
Now listen here, baby, 'cause I mean what I say

I'm having a hard time, living the good life, well I know
I was losing time, I had nothing to do
No one to fight, I came to you

Wheels broke down, leader won't draw
The line is busted, the last one I saw
Tomorrow come trouble, tomorrow come pain
Now don't think too hard baby, 'cause you know what I'm saying

I could show you a high time, living the good life, don't be that way
Nothing's for certain, it could always go wrong
Come in when it's raining, go on out when it's gone
We could have us a high time, living the good life, well I know

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"High Time" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General CommentI think this is about laying out the terms of a sexually involved friendship. Jerry just wants to be friends with this girl, be honest and have fun, while the girl wants to play games and be involved emotionally. He wants a relationship where both of them can come and go as they please. "Come in when its raining, go out when its gone."

    He wants to be taken literally and doesn't want to her to think he's confused and they share some kind of misguided love. He wanted her when he was bored, needed emotional support as a friend, and now wants to pursue some better experiences.

    As consolation, he proposes they just support each other in this way in the future.
    mjb212on October 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI have always wondered what this song is about. It seems strangely written in a way. Seems to me it's almost contradictory. But I think it's about an off again on again type of relationship. The highs/lows of life.

    lots of negative stuff in the song too.

    "wheels are muddy, leader won't draw, etc etc etc.. " I think the line come in when it's raining go out when it's gone means weather the storm of life to the best of your abilities and make hay when the sun shines.. IE trouble will come, trouble will pass. Just live your life to the fullest.
    PTCGAZon December 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWell personally- I love this one
    redhouse_yonderon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsuch a chill song. absolutely love it.
    deathbearon April 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's about two souls that are intertwined, perhaps part fantasy and part reality. The reality is that they're broken and it's complicated. When he needs someone she's there, but maybe when he says, "i was having a high time living the good life," he's referring to drugs. When he's not high, she's the one he goes to. Seems perhaps they've known each other for a while and the relationship is deeper than just sexual.

    The song is so intimate and beautiful. Just so beautiful. Not even sure what it's about, but it does seem contradictory. I guess he wants his cake and to eat it too. He wants all of the goods of a relationship without the work, just when he's lonely. I personally like to think of it as a song about a deeper connection that could be everything, but for whatever reason it's just not happening.

    I have only a couple of soul connections, neither of them are necessarily sexual, but I've thought sometimes maybe they should be or could be. I've thought, why can't this happen, it could all be so perfect, but it never does. No one makes a move and we go through seeing one another go through our troubles separately, when we could be together, but not all connections are meant to be that way. You can be patient, but sometimes waiting isn't worth it and you just have to try to move on even though that person will always mean a great deal to you.
    DunkingGalon January 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI say it's about a girl who doesn't want to loose her man by living the high life when she just wants to settle down. He says " We could have us a high time, living the good life, well I know. I take that as him telling her to come with him and not worry about life's obligations and she can't just drop everything.
    readyceleste12457on July 30, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me so much of my ongoing situation with a women I intend to marry. We align closely in so many ways but there’s often an intangible boundary that prevents us from connecting at times that is very difficult to define. It manifests in misunderstanding and quickly progresses to hurt feelings. “You meant please dont let me go,” is a typical conversation for us and alcohol/thc(I was having a high time) has also played a role. It may be enough to keep us from being together though neither one of us wants that to happen. It is difficult to say least. I believe this song is about trust, or the lack thereof. She trusted him, he didn’t tend to her needs. I inagine the typical hard working turn of the century couple struggling to survive. The man works hard and times are tough but he’s still holding on to his dream of being able to provide the “high life” to his woman. She is forced to say goodbye though its not what she really feels. He has misunderstood her, it seems that him having a “high time” is somehow part of it. Seems possible that part of the reason he did not understand what she meant is because he was having a “high time.” She loves him but also has to work hard all the time too survive and it makes him embarrassed. He wants to show her the high times he dreams of but when he opens his mouth all that comes out is hard times. Life, especially for those that struggle economically, is never exactly what we want but in many cases leaves us struggling against something we don’t understand and often against those we care about. The need to share his “hard times” w her is understandable but gives her little comfort. He realizes she is unsure of their future because he has said too much, he tries to reassure her repeating his earlier hope of having high times with her. What a beautiful song. Its a waning American dream exposed by the hot sun on a muddy trail into San Francisco during the summer of 1931.
    I like to think the couple is old Sherman Buck from Rodney Crowell’s California Earthquake Song and Delilah Jones from Brown Eyed Women. Those two could redifine the concept of “power couple”. Both have looked into the face of their maker and lived to tell about it. Timeless

    Living the good life
    jcreichweinon January 23, 2019   Link
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    General Commentall my quotes came out question marks, how appropriate
    jcreichweinon January 23, 2019   Link

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