Posted On: Saturday - July 6th 2019 6:28PM MST
In Topics:   Music  The Dead  Geography
The Grateful Dead played plenty of cover songs, along with their great original music. This one was written and sung by Johnny Cash way back in 1958. Now, Johnny Cash is one of my favorites, and though good lyrics aren't what makes for a great song, these are great lyrics, as the narrator tries to catch up with the girl, going from St. Paul down to New Orleans, down the mighty Mississippi. This is another in Peak Stupidity's very short list of Geography songs starting with #1 Stand, by REM, and ending, for now, with #2 here.
As much as I like Johnny Cash, there's no way he could have sung this one, played it, and jammed on it like this All-American Band. That's Bobby singing this one, and he does a great job:
Now I taught the weeping willow how to cry,cry,cry.
I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
The tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you, Big River.
Then I'm gonna sit right here until I die.
Why all the black and white old videos of the band, when they played through 1995 when there was plenty of color footage? To me, this was their best sound, in the 1970's, in general. (Nope, I wasn't there, sigh...) There's at least one Peak Stupidity Dead-Head commenter who could correct me, if need be.
Note that this show was only a month and a half after that show with the US Blues we featured on the 4th - and every July 4th.