Grateful Dead

Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues

Lyrics By: Bobby Petersen

Halfway past two on Monday through the silent loom
Rolling down Wild Hair Boulevard with the rising of the [poon]
Hot damn, it's Mother's Day, don't you all look fine
Promenading down the long car ocean, yes it's nice and sipping wine

We got poets, shuckers and godzilla's grandmother
Sweet little frozen no suit
We got Speed Racer and his arcade androids
Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues

See here lover, may I tighten your cap?
Honey, may I loosen your load?
You hold on to this hand grenade while I ...

I remember some chicks from the skid row
Come along the city streets too
Silly says, I say it once, for you it's cold steel and slow

Its sounds have all ruptured, with chairs and flying glass
Silly swept out in the sauna, shouting verse and kickin' ass
Back then, what seemed to happen nightly, that'll make the 6 o'clock news
Speed Racer and the band here playing

As I recall I went for the window, but I never did get to it
Hit me hard with his hickory stick, was the last thing I saw that year
Drag me down and tangle, you can read the charges if you please
Pray thirty days and on my [jail] gonna fill 'em with [extasy]

But honey may I tighten your cap?
Come on and let me loosen your load
You hold on to this grenade for me, while I ...

The full moon irradiates Wild Hair Boulevard now, dumb shits talk so bold
Reminds me of old, Silly, and how we did it all over
Did it all over, did it all over the road

We got poets, shuckers and Godzilla's grandmother
Sweet little frozen no suit
We got Speed Racer and his arcade androids
Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues

This was played once, on 27 March 1986. The lyrics are pretty hard to decipher, and what follows contains lots of guesses. Christian Crumlish has done a lot of valuable work on this song, and his transcript, plus annotations, is on David Dodd's site. He and Nicholas Meriwether also contributed a transcript and notes to "Dead Letters Vol 1." I have borrowed from that, but also included my own interpretations where I hear things differently.

Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues