Grateful Dead

Easy Wind

Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Robert Hunter

I've been balling a shiny black steel jack-hammer
Been chipping up rocks for the great highway
I'll live five years if I take my time
Balling that jack and drinking my wine

I been chipping them rocks from dawn till doom
While my rider hide my bottle in the other room (note 1)
Doctor say better stop balling that jack
If I live five years I'm gonna bust my back, yes I will (note 2)

Easy wind, cross the Bayou today (note 3)
'Cause there's a whole lotta women, Mama
Out in red on the streets today (note 4)
And the river keeps a talking
But you never heard a word it said

Gotta find a woman be good to me
Won't hide my liquor try, to serve me tea
'Cause I'm a stone jack baller and my heart is true
And I'll give everything that I got to you, yes I will

(1) on the version on DP16, Pigpen sings "While my baby hide my bottle ..."

(2) on DP16, Pigpen sings "In another five years I'm gonna bust my back"

(3) on DP16, Pigpen starts with the chorus before before the first verse, and he sings "Easy wind, blowin' cross the Bayou today"

(4) variants that Pigpen sang include "Out dressed in red ...", "Out on the streets in red today" and "Out in red that way."

Easy Wind