Week of February 22, 2010
Wrapping up the complete show for 8/10/82, and getting started on the complete show of 9/27/76.
Here is an amusing story about "Walk in the Sunshine," from an interview with lyricist John Perry Barlow on the KFOG Deadhead Hour January 10, 1986:
Gans: That song is called "Walk in the Sunshine," and you Deadheads haven’t heard it much ‘cause I don’t think the Dead have ever played it live.
Barlow: For good reason. That’s the worst song we ever wrote.
Gans: (laughs) But I know that it could’ve been worse.
Barlow: Well, that depends on how you look at it. Now I’m wondering. But at the time we were under duress, we were already in the studio, and Weir and I had been battling over this song, and my father died the night before that was written, and I had to write the song and get back, for obvious reasons. And I was feeling especially burnt out, and I wrote the first thing that came into my head, and it was just terrible.
Barlow: Yeah, I thought so.
Gans: Well, Bob didn’t like it either, right?
Barlow: No. It was straight out of a greeting card. Sort of a hip cosmic greeting card.
Gans: "Go placidly amid the noise and haste…" (laughs)
Barlow: Well, yeah. Desiderata is a lot better. Painfully obvious. It was like 14-year-old very earnest poetry. But it was all I could come up with. I was just shell-shocked. So I figured that the only way that I could get Weir to do it so I could get out of the way, whatever the consequences, was to write something that was really twisted and perverse that would make the sunny sentiments of "Walk in the Sunshine" seem much more palatable, and then he’d agree to do it, and then I could leave.
Barlow: So I wrote a song called "The Dwarf."
Gans: Based on the Lagerkvist novel.
Barlow: Right, based on the Pår Lagerkvist novel about a very twisted little man able to manipulate everybody in power around him. It’s kind of a great song, now I see, but I figured if I gave Weir this twisted song it would work. The pity was that I didn’t throw away "Walk in the Sunshine" and just give him "The Dwarf" and let the devil take the hindmost. That’s what I should have done. (laughs)
Gans: Well, I’ve seen the lyrics of "The Dwarf." I don’t remember them offhand but it seems to me there’s...
Barlow: A lot of deep sickness in it.
Gans: It’s definitely the obverse of this lyric we just heard.
Barlow: Exactly. It’s the Thanatos for the Eros here. But much more interesting.
Note: the 9/27/76 set begins with a bit of an audience recording because the soundboard tape didn't get started right away. There are other audience patches in this show, too. Thanks to Charlie Miller for providing this nicely restored recording.
Grateful Dead 8/10/82 U of I Field House, Iowa City IA
IT'S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE->
JOHNNY B. GOODE
Bob Weir, Ace
WALK IN THE SUNSHINE
Grateful Dead 9/27/76 War Memorial, Rochester NY
THEY LOVE EACH OTHER
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
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