Grateful Dead

Alabama Getaway

Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Jerry Garcia

Thirty two teeth in a jawbone
Alabama cryin for none
Before I have to hit him
I hope he's got the sense to run

Reason those poor girls love him
Promise them anything
Reason they believe him
He wears a big diamond ring

Alabama getaway
Alabama getaway
Only way to please me
Turn around and leave
and walk away

Majordomo Billy Bojangles
Sit down and have a drink with me
What's this about Alabame
Keeps comin back to me?

Heard your plea in the courthouse
Jurybox began to rock and rise
Forty-nine sister states all had
Alabama in their eyes

Alabama getaway
Alabama getaway
Only way to please me
Turn around and leave
and walk away

Why don't we just give Alabama
rope enough to hang himself?
Ain't no call to worry the jury
His kind takes care of itself

Twenty-third Psalm Majordomo
reserve me a table for three
in the Valley of the Shadow
just you, Alabama and me

Alabama getaway
Alabama getaway
Only way to please me
turn around and leave
and walk away

This was played once, on 23 April 1984. Thanks to Drew Berry for the lyrics.

(a) Jerry sometimes varied this--eg to "He wears a frickin' diamond ring" (thanks to Brian Schnapp for this)(b) it's not clear whether Jerry sang "Just get down ..." or "Just sit down ..." - though the former makes more sense.

Alabama Getaway