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Grateful Dead lyrics

Album: Shakedown Street [1978]

Tracks10
 01  Good Lovin'
 02  France
 03  Shakedown Street
 04 Serengetti
 05  Fire on the Mountain
 06  I Need a Miracle
 07  From the Heart of Me
 08  Stagger Lee
 09  New Minglewood Blues
 10  If I Had the World to Give
all Grateful Dead lyrics



Good Lovin'
Well, I was feelin' so bad, asked my family doctor 'bout what I had,
I said, doctor, doctor, mister m.d., can you tell me, what's ailing me?

He said, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
All you need, all you really need: good lovin'
Because you got to have lovin' (good lovin')
Everybody got to have lovin' (good lovin')
A little good lovin' now baby, good lovin'.

So come on baby, squeeze me tight
Don't you want your daddy to be all right?
I said baby, now it's for sure,
I've got the fever, you got the cure.

He said, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
All you need, all you really need: good lovin'
Because you got to have lovin' (good lovin')
Everybody got to have lovin' (good lovin')
A little good lovin' now baby, good lovin'.

Hey, got to have lovin' (good lovin')
Well, you got to have lovin' (good lovin')
Come on now and give me good lovin' (good lovin').

Well, I was feelin' sort of bad now,
Asked my family doctor 'bout what I had,
I said, doctor, doctor, mister m.d.,
Can you tell me, what's ailing me?

He said, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
All you need, all you really need: good lovin'
Hey, now you got to have lovin' (good lovin')
Everybody got to have lovin' (good lovin')
Give me, give me, give me some lovin' (good lovin').

Come on now, everybody get right, (got to have lovin)
You may be weak or you may be blind (got to have lovin')
But even a blind man knows when the sun is shining (got to have lovin')
So turn it on now (got to have lovin')
Turn on, turn on your light (got to have lovin').

Gimme, gimme, gimme some lovin' (good lovin')
Hey, now you got to have lovin' (good lovin')
You need it, I need it, well you got to have lovin' (good lovin')
Say it again now, good lovin'.

Well turn on your light, you won't regret it (good lovin')
You got to go for the good and get it (good lovin')
Everybody, they got to have lovin' (good lovin')
Hey, now you got to have lovin'.back to top
France
Way down in the south of france all the ladies love to dance
Kick their heels up in the air snap their fingers for romance

While the gentlemen compare blonde or black or auburn hair
Check the motion and the style oh, you know they take their while

Hey, to make the motion more complete, yeah, to make it more a treat
Club d'jour is where to go come on down and see the show

When the rhythm's really right you can burn it down tonight
When the singing's really fine sweet as spanish sherry wine

When the club can't contain the beat it just rolls out in the street
Spills on down the avenue bringing dancers to their feet.

When it's good as it can be it gets better wait and see
Oh, these folks don't ever sleep till they're passed out in the street

Way down in the south of france all the ladies love to dance
Clap their hands and walk on air, yeah, the feeling's really there
Won't you take a little taste raise it to your charming face?

When the rhythm's really right you can burn it down tonight
When the singing's really fine sweet as spanish sherry wine

Go on take a chance, the ladies do love to dance.back to top
Shakedown Street
You tell me this town ain't got no heart. well, well, well, you can never tell.
The sunny side of the street is dark. well, well, well, you can never tell.
Maybe that's cause it's midnight, in the dark of the moon besides.

Maybe the dark is from your eyes, maybe the dark is from your eyes,
Maybe the dark is from your eyes, maybe the dark is from your eyes,
Maybe the dark is from your eyes, maybe the dark is from your eyes,
You know you got such dark eyes!

Nothin' shakin' on shakedown street. used to be the heart of town.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart. you just gotta poke around.

You think you've seen this town clear through.
Well, well, well, you can never tell.
Nothin' here that could int'rest you. well, well, well, you can never tell.
It's not because you missed out on the thing that we had to start.

Maybe you had too much too fast. maybe you had too much too fast.
Maybe you had too much too fast. maybe you had too much too fast.
Maybe you had too much too fast. maybe you had too much too fast.
Or just over played your part.

Nothin' shakin' on shakedown street. used to be the heart of town.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart. you just gotta poke around.

Since I'm passing your way today. well, well, well, you can never tell.
I just stopped in 'cause I want to say, well, well, well, you can never tell.
I recall your darkness when it crackled like a thundercloud.

Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart.
When I can hear it beat out loud!

Nothin' shakin' on shakedown street. used to be the heart of town.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart. you just gotta poke around.back to top
Fire on the Mountain
Long distance runner, what you standin' there for?
Get up, get out, get out of the door
Your playin' cold music on the barroom floor
Drowned in your laughter and dead to the core.
There's a dragon with matches that's loose on the town
Takes a whole pail of water just to cool him down.

Fire! fire on the mountain!

Almost ablaze still you don't feel the heat
It takes all you got just to stay on the beat.
You say it's a livin', we all gotta eat
But you're here alone, there's no one to compete.
If mercy's a bus'ness, I wish it for you
More than just ashes when your dreams come true.

Fire! fire on the mountain!

Long distance runner, what you holdin' out for?
Caught in slow motion in a dash for the door.
The flame from your stage has now spread to the floor
You gave all you had. why you wanna give more?
The more that you give, the more it will take
To the thin line beyond which you really can't fake.

Fire! fire on the mountain!back to top
I Need a Miracle
I need a woman 'bout twice my age
A lady of nobility, gentility and rage
Splendor in the dark, lightning on the draw
We'll go right through the book and break each and every law.

I got a feeling and it won't go away, oh no
Just one thing then I'll be ok
I need a miracle every day.

I need a woman 'bout twice my height
Statuesque, raven-dressed, a goddess of the night.
Her secret incantations, a candle burning blue
We'll consult the spirits maybe they'll know what to do.

And it's real and it won't go away, oh no
I can't get around and I can't run away
I need a miracle every day.

I need a woman 'bout twice my weight
A ton of fun who packs a gun with all her freight
Find her in a sideshow leave her in l.a.
Ride her like a surfer running on a tidal wave.

And it's real, believe what I say, yeah
Just one thing I got to say
I need a miracle every day.

It takes dynamite to get me up
Too much of everything is just enough
One more thing I just got to say
I need a miracle every day,
I need a miracle every day,
I need a miracle every day, (got to be the only way)
I need a miracleback to top
From the Heart of Me
Voices slide down off the mountain, sunlight turning red
Falls on the earth and it spreads
Even the families lower their heads as they ride

Age old faces of the mountains looming naturally
I wonder if they're looking at me, their monumental eyes I can feel

In the glow of the twilight the thought of home
Reminds me now I'm reaching out to you
Anything I can do to be safe and warm in your arms

All I have from the heart of you

I'd meet you anywhere in the country or anywhere on the sea
All over the world it could be I would follow you with the heart of me

Remembering you hold me tight in tomorrow morning's light I will fine you

When I awoke the stars were out and shining, shining for you and me
All I ever wanna be is save and warm in your arms
All I have, from the heart of meback to top
Stagger Lee
1948, xmas eve, with a full moon over town
Stagger lee shot billy delions
And he blew that poor boy down.
Do you know what he shot him for?
What do you make of that?
Cause billy delions threw the lucky dice
Won stagger lee's stetson hat.

Bayo, bayo, tell me how can this be?
You arrest the girls for turning tricks
But you're scared of stagger lee.
Stagger lee is a madman and he shot my billy d.
Bayo go get him or give the job to me.

Delia delions, dear sweet delia-d
How the hell can I arrest him? he's twice as big as me.
Well don't ask me to go downtown, I won't come back alive [no more].
Not only is that mother big but he packs a .45 [four].

Bayo, delia said, just give me a gun
He shot my billy dead now I'm gonna see him hung.
She went into the delion's club through billy delions blood
Stepped up to stagger lee at the bar,
Said, buy me a gin fizz, love.

As stagger lee lit a cigarette she shot him in the balls
Blew the smoke off her revolver, had him dragged to city hall
Bayo, bayo, see you hang him high
He shot my billy dead and now he's got to die.

Delia went a walking down on singapore street
A three-piece band on the corner played near my God to thee
But delia whistled a different tune, what tune could it be?

The song that woman sung was look out stagger lee.
The song that delia sung was look out stagger lee.back to top
New Minglewood Blues
I was born in a desert, raised in a lion's den
And my number one occupation is stealing women from their men

If you're down in memphis, you best stop down minglewood
When I take a walk down there, all the women sure look good

If you can't believe me, it'll make it hard to believe in you
Cause we all need each other, well you know it's trueback to top
If I Had the World to Give
If I had the world to give, I'd give it to you
Long as you live, would you let it fall, or hold it all in your arms?

If I had a song to sing, I'd sing it to you
As long as you live, lullaby or maybe a plain serenade
Wouldn't you laugh, dance, and cry or be afraid at the change you made

I may not have the world to give to you
But maybe I have a tune or two
Only if you let me be your world
Could I ever give this world to you

But I will give what love I have to give,
I will give what love I have to give,
I will give what love I have to give, long as I live.

If I had a star to give, I'd give it to you
Long as you live, would you have the time
To watch it shine, watch it shine
Or ask for the moon and heaven too? I'd give it to you.

Well maybe I've got no star to spare, or anything fine or even rare,
Only if you let me be your world, could I ever give this world to you.
Could I ever give this world to you.back to top
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