Grateful Dead

Games People Play

Lyrics By: Joe South
Music By: Joe South

Oh the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meaning what they say now
And never saying what they mean

And they while away the hours
In their ivory towers
'Till they're covered up with flowers
In the back of a black limousine

Though we make one another cry
Break our hearts when we say goodbye
Cross our hearts and we'll hope to die
Said the other was to blame

Neither one will ever give in
Though we gaze on an eight by ten (note 1)
Thinking 'bout the things that might have been
And it's a dirty rotten shame

Talking about you and me
And the games people play

People walking up to you
Singing glory hallelujah
And they're trying to sock it to you
In the name of the Lord

Gonna teach you how to meditate
Read your horoscope and cheat your fate
And furthermore to hell with hate
Come on get on board

Look around tell me what you see
What's happening to you and me
God grant me the serenity
To remember who I am

'Cause you've given up your sanity
All your pride and your vanity
Turn your back on humanity
And you don't give a damn

Talking about you and me
And the games people play

Played once on 11 June 1969 at a concert billed as "Bobby Ace And The Cards From The Bottom Of The Deck." Not clear who sang it, but Bob Weir seems the most likely.

(1) thanks to Mike Straits for passing me the correct version for this line

Games People Play