Grateful Dead

Mountains Of The Moon

Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Jerry Garcia

Cold mountain water, the jade merchant's daughter
Mountains of the moon, Electra, bow and bend to me
Hi-ho, the carrion crow, folderol-de-riddle
Hi-ho, the carrion crow, bow and bend to me

Hey, Tom Banjo
Hey, a laurel
More than laurel you may sow
More than laurel you may sow
Hey, the laurel, hey, the city in the rain
Hey, hey, the wild wheat waving in the wind

Twenty degrees of solitude, twenty degrees in all (note 1)
All the dancing kings and wives assembled in the hall
Lost is the long and loneliest time, fairy Sybil flying (note2)
All along the, all along the mountains of the moon

Hey, Tom Banjo
It's time to matter
The earth will see you on through this time
The earth will see you on through this time
Down by the water, the marsh king's daughter, did you know
Clothed in tatters, always will be, Tom where did you go?

Mountains of the moon, Electra, mountains of the moon
All along the, all along the mountains of the moon
Heigh ho, the carrion crow, folderol-de-riddle
Heigh ho, the carrion crow, bow and bend to me
Bend to me

(1) Hunter subsequently rewrote this verse, though the Dead never in fact used the new version:

Here is a feast of solitude, a fiddler grim and tall
Plays to dancing kings and wives assembled in the hall
Of lost, long, lonely times fairy Sybil flying
All along the, all along the Mountains of the Moon

(2) Hunter gives this line as "Lost is a long and lonely time." The sheet music has "Lost is the long and loneliest town." On re-listening to the version on Aoxomoxoa, it's clear that Garcia sings "Lost is the long and loneliest time."

Mountains Of The Moon