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The Dead only played this once, in Salt Lake City on 21 February 1995. They stuck very close to the version Bob Weir played with most of his bands.

Lyrics By
John Barlow
Music By
Bob Weir
Lyrics

It was a paradise for lizards when young Brigham saw it first
He said I've seen some nasty deserts Lord, but this one here's the worst
Then the Lord called down to Brigham, said "I've got a great idea"
I want a mighty city and I think I want it here

Salt Lake City, that town of righteousness and fame
Salt Lake City, don't sound like much, but hell what's in a name?
Nobody ever sings about it, but Lord I be going there just the same

Salt Lake City, where it's so easy keeping straight
Salt Lake City, just really makes Des Moines look second rate
Ain't making no big deal about it
But I hear the Mormon girls are really great

Salt Lake City, hey, dig that Tabernacle Choir
Salt Lake City, yeah they be bound to take you higher
There just ain't no two ways about it, yes Lord they really light my fire

Well Brigham kicked a prairie dog, and he muttered in his beard
Said you've put me through some changes Lord but this one's really weird
The Lord just laughed at Brigham, said "you'd better get to work"
The next time I check in here, I want paradise on earth

Salt Lake City, where Brigham made the desert bloom
Salt Lake City, put a colour TV in every room
And they got them crazy Mormon chicks, yes I'll be going there real soon

Salt Lake City, hey feel that magic in the air
Salt Lake City, you know that's kind of why I like it there
Salt Lake City, well you know that's where I'm bound
Salt Lake City, I'm going down to Salt Lake town

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    It was a paradise for lizards when young Brigham saw it first
    He said I've seen some nasty deserts Lord, but this one here's the worst
    Then the Lord called down to Brigham, said "I've got a great idea"
    I want a mighty city and I think I want it here

    Salt Lake City, that town of righteousness and fame
    Salt Lake City, don't sound like much, but hell what's in a name?
    Nobody ever sings about it, but Lord I be going there just the same

    Salt Lake City, where it's so easy keeping straight
    Salt Lake City, just really makes Des Moines look second rate
    Ain't making no big deal about it
    But I hear the Mormon girls are really great

    Salt Lake City, hey, dig that Tabernacle Choir
    Salt Lake City, yeah they be bound to take you higher
    There just ain't no two ways about it, yes Lord they really light my fire

    Well Brigham kicked a prairie dog, and he muttered in his beard
    Said you've put me through some changes Lord but this one's really weird
    The Lord just laughed at Brigham, said "you'd better get to work"
    The next time I check in here, I want paradise on earth

    Salt Lake City, where Brigham made the desert bloom
    Salt Lake City, put a colour TV in every room
    And they got them crazy Mormon chicks, yes I'll be going there real soon

    Salt Lake City, hey feel that magic in the air
    Salt Lake City, you know that's kind of why I like it there
    Salt Lake City, well you know that's where I'm bound
    Salt Lake City, I'm going down to Salt Lake town

    The Dead only played this once, in Salt Lake City on 21 February 1995. They stuck very close to the version Bob Weir played with most of his bands.