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(1) the original (French) phrase is "papier maché," but "paper maché" is a fairly common American spelling - and it scans. Thanks to Dan Franzen for pointing this out.

Lyrics By
Robert Hunter
Music By
Jerry Garcia
Lyrics

Way down upon Sycamore Slough
A white man sings the blues
selling roses of paper maché (note 1)
with flecks of starlight dew
I swiped a bunch and threw it your way
where hazy moonlight glowed
Way down, down along Lazy River Road

Way down upon Shadowfall Ward
End of the avenue
Run, hide, seek in your own backyard
Mama's backyard won't do
All night long I sang Love's Sweet Song
down where the water flowed
Way down, down along Lazy River Road

Moonlight wails as hound dogs bay
but never quite catch the tune
Stars fall down in buckets like rain
till there ain't no standing room
Bright blue boxcars train by train
clatter where dreams unfold
Way down, down along Lazy River Road

Way down upon Seminole Square
belly of the river tide
call for me and I will be there
for the price of a taxi ride
Night double-clutches into today
like a truck downshifting its load
Way down, down along Lazy River Road

Thread the needle
right through the eye
The thread that runs so true
All the others I let pass by
I only wanted you
Never cared for careless love
but how your bright eyes glowed
Way down, down along Lazy River Road

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    Way down upon Sycamore Slough
    A white man sings the blues
    selling roses of paper maché (note 1)
    with flecks of starlight dew
    I swiped a bunch and threw it your way
    where hazy moonlight glowed
    Way down, down along Lazy River Road

    Way down upon Shadowfall Ward
    End of the avenue
    Run, hide, seek in your own backyard
    Mama's backyard won't do
    All night long I sang Love's Sweet Song
    down where the water flowed
    Way down, down along Lazy River Road

    Moonlight wails as hound dogs bay
    but never quite catch the tune
    Stars fall down in buckets like rain
    till there ain't no standing room
    Bright blue boxcars train by train
    clatter where dreams unfold
    Way down, down along Lazy River Road

    Way down upon Seminole Square
    belly of the river tide
    call for me and I will be there
    for the price of a taxi ride
    Night double-clutches into today
    like a truck downshifting its load
    Way down, down along Lazy River Road

    Thread the needle
    right through the eye
    The thread that runs so true
    All the others I let pass by
    I only wanted you
    Never cared for careless love
    but how your bright eyes glowed
    Way down, down along Lazy River Road

    (1) the original (French) phrase is "papier maché," but "paper maché" is a fairly common American spelling - and it scans. Thanks to Dan Franzen for pointing this out.