Cool song, not always well-played IMHO. But the other day I was listening to 8-6-74 RFK Stadium. Changed my whole outlook on the song. Jerry was brilliant!
I had heard so many Black Peter's that my friends would give me SERIOUS shit whenever the Boys would break into it. Then at Hampton in 83...it happened again! My friends pointing at me as Jerry sang..."Take a look at poor Peter..." I stood there...2 hits of blotter in, covering my face with my sweater. Suddenly...the first notes...Goin' Down the Road (My first...and at the time FAVORITE GD tune)...From the Outhouse to the Penthouse!!! Smokin version!!! After that...I never minded hearing "The Peter.".
First Set Pee - Minglewood...Rooster...Mexicalli...
Second Set Pee/Roll/Drink- High Time...Stella Blue (That song just KILLED the momentum)
Do think you deserve a prize for that announcement, G.S.! Some bladder-shaped, Oscar-type trophy out of a hard material, symbolic of both your willpower and your iron bladder.
i don't think i ever used a bathroom while at a show. it must have been a mind-over-matter control type situation.
not healthy, i'm sure, but shouldn't i get some sort of prize for that????
stop the war now!!!!
nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
So I was listening to 8/10/82 Iowa City and I was there and it was a great show and I'm listening to It Must Have Been The Roses and singing along and getting into it and then realized that this was my bathroom break song and I probably missed it and then that maybe the bathroom break that we all took was during the very best version of our bathroom break song ever and we would have loved that song and maybe it would have become one of our favorites but we will never know because we were on bathroom break.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
Black Peter is one of my favorites. There's a moment during the song when the crowd is really quiet, and the only sounds are Jerry singing and strumming his guitar. WoW!!! And, why would anyone go on a bathroom break during this song? They'd rush back out for the last song only to be treated to.........'Day Job" or something. What a waste!
I can't believe people felt black peter was a bathroom break song. I always thought it was such a treat to hear that song. I remember that was one of the first songs that really hit me hard when I was first getting into the Dead. It is such a good, powerful song.
that's up there with Black Peter, you know. I think you should tell the Black Peter/GDH Marathon story next, to keep things even.