Grateful Dead

Ode For Billie Dean

Lyrics By: Jorma Kaukonen
Music By: Jorma Kaukonen

I used to think
Wherever I wander
I never would ever
Ever come to [want/war?]
But that's all gone now
And I don't worry
If the future's for me and my friends now
I just don't know

'Cause living is with us
[It takes gone?]
Once it has left us
Said the leaver don't know
But I'm still alive now
And I don't worry
When I go down
Don't let me go slow

If love was a word
That no one could follow
It was a message
That was run in the air
I'd rather be lost now
Than following nothing
And really left thinking
Unable to care

This was played (without lyrics) by Jorma and others with the Dead on 11 November 1970. It was recorded on the Hot Tuna album Burgers, where the lyrics are:

Ode For Billie Dean