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The earliest versions of the song (eg 12 Sep 1982) included a verse that Robert Hunter sang but Garcia soon dropped from his version:

Here's what Ginger says
She walks right, she ain't nobody's fool
Here's what Ginger says
She always tries to play by the golden rule
She says if you treat other people all right
Other folks probably treat you right too

Lyrics By
Robert Hunter
Music By
Jerry Garcia
Lyrics

Looking for a chateau
Twenty one rooms but one will do
Looking for a chateau
Twenty one rooms but one will do
I don't want to buy it
I just want to rent it for an hour or two

Met an old mistake
Walking down the street today
Met an old mistake
Walking down the street today
I didn't want to be mean about it
But I, I didn't have one good word to say

Chorus West L.A. fadeaway
West L.A. fadeaway
Little red light on the highway
Big green light on the speedway, hey, hey, hey

 

I had a steady job
Hauling items for the mob
I had a steady job
Hauling items for the mob

You know the pay was pathetic
It's a shame those boys couldn't be more copacetic

I met a west L.A. girl
Already know what I need to know
I met a west L.A. girl
Already know what I need to know
Name, address and phone number, Lord
And just how far to go

Looking for a chateau Twenty one rooms but one will do
Looking for a chateau
Twenty one rooms but one will do
I don't want to rent it
I just what to use it for a minute or two

Little red light on the highway
Big green light on the speedway, hey, hey, hey
Little red light on the highway
Big green light on the speedway, hey, hey, hey

  • West L.A. Fadeaway
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    Music By:

    Looking for a chateau
    Twenty one rooms but one will do
    Looking for a chateau
    Twenty one rooms but one will do
    I don't want to buy it
    I just want to rent it for an hour or two

    Met an old mistake
    Walking down the street today
    Met an old mistake
    Walking down the street today
    I didn't want to be mean about it
    But I, I didn't have one good word to say

    Chorus West L.A. fadeaway
    West L.A. fadeaway
    Little red light on the highway
    Big green light on the speedway, hey, hey, hey

     

    I had a steady job
    Hauling items for the mob
    I had a steady job
    Hauling items for the mob

    You know the pay was pathetic
    It's a shame those boys couldn't be more copacetic

    I met a west L.A. girl
    Already know what I need to know
    I met a west L.A. girl
    Already know what I need to know
    Name, address and phone number, Lord
    And just how far to go

    Looking for a chateau Twenty one rooms but one will do
    Looking for a chateau
    Twenty one rooms but one will do
    I don't want to rent it
    I just what to use it for a minute or two

    Little red light on the highway
    Big green light on the speedway, hey, hey, hey
    Little red light on the highway
    Big green light on the speedway, hey, hey, hey

    The earliest versions of the song (eg 12 Sep 1982) included a verse that Robert Hunter sang but Garcia soon dropped from his version:

    Here's what Ginger says
    She walks right, she ain't nobody's fool
    Here's what Ginger says
    She always tries to play by the golden rule
    She says if you treat other people all right
    Other folks probably treat you right too