"Lost Sailor" as written by Robert Hall Weir and John Barlow....
Compass card is spinning
Helm is swinging to and fro
Oh, where is the dog star
Oh, where's the moon

You're a lost sailor
You've been too long at sea

Some days the gales are howling
Some days the sea is still as glass
Oh, raise the main sail
Oh, lash the mast

You're a lost sailor
You've been too long at sea
Now the shorelines beckon
Yeah, there's a price for being free

Hear the sea birds cryin' and there's a ghost wind blowing
And it's calling you, to that misty swirling sea
Till the chains of your dreams are broken
No place in this world you can be

You're a lost sailor
You've been away too long at sea
Now the shorelines beckon
Yeah, there's a price for being free

Driftin', you're driftin'
Yeah, driftin' and dreamin'
'Cause there's a place you've never been
Maybe a place you've never seen now
You can hear them callin' on the wind

Oh, you drift your life away
Hey baby, drift your life away
Driftin' and dreamin'

Really goin' on a dream now
Really goin' on a dream, really goin' on a dream
Really goin' on a dream

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"Lost Sailor" as written by Robert Hall Weir John Barlow

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    General CommentSaw the dead play this in Tampa, 03. It was amazing....

    I love this song. A man lost; its like any other Dead song....
    inhocsignoviceon September 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell if you think about it; I am sure it is about Jerry's addiction and how Bobby; as well as the rest of the Band wanted him to sober up .. "You're a lost sailor, been away too long at sea." He had been junkin hard for a few years when this song was first played ..
    CosmicCharlieon November 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song always reminded me of folks that took too much acid over the years and kinda LOST touch with reality. Lost Sailor...

    You're a lost sailor, been away too long at sea.
    Now the shorelines beckon, there is a price for being free.
    (meaning there's a price for all those acid trips...)
    ShivaXon March 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think ShivaX hits it on the head with it being mostly about acid casualties from back in the day. A lot of them just kept wandering (and wondering) without really getting any roots anywhere. That lack opportunities by sticking with one thing or of having someone close in your life is the "price for being free".

    This is the second of Weir/Barlow's songs about those kinds of crazy guys that took a little too much too fast. Estimated Prophet is about the really out-there guys who used to want to talk to Bobby back stage about their ideas and it always this really intense trip that bordered on a religious experience for the spaced out guy.

    I don't see the song being about Jerry and his bad habits as much. I think Feel Like A Stranger is closer to what Bobby was thinking about Jerry's descent into addiction and how it affected their relationship.
    atlbobr69on December 24, 2013   Link

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