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(1) the spelling in the Hunter lyric book "Box Of Rain" is "Charley", though the song title often appears as "Charlie"
Lyrics By
Robert Hunter
Music By
Jerry Garcia
Lyrics

Cosmic Charley, how do you do? (note 1)
Truckin' in style along the avenue
Dum dee dum dee doodley doo
Go on home, your mother's calling you

Kalico Kahlia, come tell me the news
Calamity's waiting for a way to get to her
Rosy red and electric blue
I bought you a paddle for your paper canoe

Say you'll come back when you can
Whenever your airplane happens to land
Maybe I'll be back here too
It all depends on what's with you

Hung up waiting for a windy day
Kite on ice since the first of February
Mama keeps saying that the wind might blow
But standing here, I say I just don't know

New ones coming as the old ones go
Everything's moving here, but much too slow now
A little bit quicker and we might have time
To say "How do you do?" before we're left behind

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    Cosmic Charley, how do you do? (note 1)
    Truckin' in style along the avenue
    Dum dee dum dee doodley doo
    Go on home, your mother's calling you

    Kalico Kahlia, come tell me the news
    Calamity's waiting for a way to get to her
    Rosy red and electric blue
    I bought you a paddle for your paper canoe

    Say you'll come back when you can
    Whenever your airplane happens to land
    Maybe I'll be back here too
    It all depends on what's with you

    Hung up waiting for a windy day
    Kite on ice since the first of February
    Mama keeps saying that the wind might blow
    But standing here, I say I just don't know

    New ones coming as the old ones go
    Everything's moving here, but much too slow now
    A little bit quicker and we might have time
    To say "How do you do?" before we're left behind

    (1) the spelling in the Hunter lyric book "Box Of Rain" is "Charley", though the song title often appears as "Charlie"