Here We Go Again

Since nobody has kicked me out yet, I am still filling in as the guest host for SLS Helen Vahdati’s This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time Song Lyric Sunday.  Mary B who blogs at http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net has suggested the prompt of “Crying/Sadness” and crying is supposed to be a healthy human response, while sadness is useful for alerting us to how we need to treat ourselves, and also as to how we want to be treated by others.  I didn’t bother to look to find if there are enough songs that can work with this prompt, but I think that everyone should be able to find something to fit the theme.  Feel free to suggest future prompts.

Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Without music life would be a mistake” and I tend to agree with him on this.  This SLS challenge is unique from most of the other writing challenges on WordPress as the Usual Suspects seem to show up every week, because of their love of music.  My biggest problem with being the host is the pingback problem, which reared it ugly head last week.  All of the pingbacks went through, but the WordPress Happiness Engineers say that I need to manually approve any pingback before it will show up on my post.  I am disappointed with this and if you want to get around this you can always paste your link in the comments section of this post, especially if you don’t want to wait on me.  I urge patience on your part as I will be continuously checking for pingback requests which I will approve immediately.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, so please be patient.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music

I will be writing about Howlin’ Wolf’s song Smokestack Lightnin’ today. The next three weeks are all sep up to give everyone more time to figure out what song they want to use.
January 27, 2019 – No
February 3, 2019 – Ocean/Sea/Lake/Bay
February 10, 2019 – River

In The Dystopian Future

Di at pensitivity101 asked me to tell a story about the picture above and you should read the story that she wrote about a girl and a dog sitting on the railroad tracks (Let me tell you a third story).  A gynoid is anything that resembles or pertains to the female human form.  Though the term android refers to robotic humanoids regardless of apparent gender, the Greek prefix “andr-” refers to man in the masculine gendered sense.  Her name was Astrid and she preferred being called a fembot.  She was a huntress and Astrid understood that she was a synthetic organism, 100% machine that was fully owned by the company that built her, even though she was designed to look and act like a real woman.

Astrid was gifted with these dangerous curves which could be a curse or a blessing, but she had a job to do and she had just embarked on long journey.  Astrid had mastered wormhole technology becoming the first fembot with the ability to locate the tiny crevices, wrinkles and voids in time and this allowed her to pop up anywhere she desired.  Astrid was at one with the quantum foam, knowing that nothing is perfectly flat or solid, she was proficient at looking closely enough to find these holes and wrinkles in space-time that created the gravitational tunnels for her use.  Astrid would emerge from a passage through space-time which she created to make a shortcut for her long journeys across the universe.

Astrid had been pursuing Tyrick the terror of the Milky Way for the past decade and this time she was one step ahead of him. The Constitution of the Galactic Government had deemed Tyrick guilty of war crimes and for instituting an anarchist government where he took advantage of all the citizens on Sirius Prime and Astrid was assigned to bring him to justice.  She got a tip that he would be arriving on Vaonus shortly to purchase tridium for his new planet blaster and she would be waiting here for him.

Winners Use The Door

The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle is Springsteen’s second album that was released on September 11, 1973 and it features the sound of summer on the Jersey boardwalk.  The song ‘Rosalita, Come Out Tonight’ is a relatively long tune and it has been described as the Boss’s version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Bruce wrote this song and it was included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, which is an unordered list, so there is no way to tell where it ranks.  Bruce Springsteen did get three of his songs listed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 Songs, those being ‘Born to Run’ at # 21, ‘Thunder Road’ at #86 and ‘Born in the USA’ at #275 The video for ‘Rosalita, Come Out Tonight’ got the #71 spot on Rolling Stone’s 1993 list of the top 100 videos and this video was a straight concert performance (from a Darkness Tour performance on July 8, 1978 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona).  Bruce was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999.

‘Rosalita (Come out Tonight)’ is archetypal Springsteen and essential Bruce and it is one of the best love songs that he has ever written, as it displays the yearning lust of a man who is so infatuated with a woman that he will do anything.  Bruce Springsteen is a talented story teller, but most of the meanings of his songs are lost in a flood of incoherent ambiguity and murky characters, at least to me.  His songs sound great to me and to all of his fans that go to his concerts.  I love the way he rhymes his lyrics and as far as I know he is the only songwriter to ever rhyme “Lord had mercy” with “the swamps of Jersey”.

I usually try to analyze the songs that I write about line by line, but I am not able to make anything out of “Spread out now Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama’s reins”.  This is how the song starts off and I am lost already.  Why does Springsteen tell Rosie to spread out and who the hell is the doctor?  Clearly I need to take a different approach for this song.  Maybe Springsteen’s songs are not meant to be analyzed and you are just supposed to listen to them and enjoy them.  I think the best that I can do is to pick out certain lyrics and relate what they mean to me.

Blind man’s bluff is a children’s game that was played as early as 2,000 years ago in Greece and in one version of this game a child covers another child’s eyes with his hands, then a third child hits the “blind” child on the head and goes back to the circle of children.  When the child who was struck is allowed to look, he must guess correctly who hit him.  If he does guess correctly, the child who hit him must take his place as the next to be “blinded”.

Bruce and Rosalita have these two friends that are named little dynamite and little gun and they pick up their friends “and make that highway run”.  She calls him “lieutenant” for some damned reason and that pisses him off.  Bruce wants to be with Rosalita and he asks her to bring her soft sweet little girl’s tongue along with her, I guess so they can do some French kissing. Bats in the belfry is an old phrase that relates to those erratically flying mammals who are blind and they fly into belfries which are bell towers, mostly found at the top of churches.  The saying bats in the belfry refers to someone who acts as they are crazy or have gone bonkers.  I imagine that the line, “downtown in front of Woolworth’s tryin’ out his attitude on all the cats” is put in this song because it rhymes with bats.

Rosie’s parents are a big problem for this couple, especially for Bruce as he says that he is “only here for fun”.  Bruce adds some obscure names to this song like, “Jack the Rabbit and Weak Knee Willie”, “Sloppy Sue and Big Bone Billy” and then he talks about playing pool, skipping school and acting cool.  He asks Rosie to “come out tonight Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor Oh, closets are for hangers, winners use the door” wanting her to not sneak out of her house and defy her parents and the constrains that they have placed on her showing them that she won’t be pushed around.

Bruce wants to release the girl from her parents and at the same time he would like to convince them that maybe he’s not so bad after all.  Bruce said that this line , “Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny” may be the greatest one he has ever written in a song.  Rosalita’s family is understandably concerned about her life skills and judgment, so she has been locked her up in her room, but Bruce has recently come into some cash, and he aims to take Rosie to California.  He talks about “a little café, where they play guitars all night and all day”, which is a place where he will really fit in.  This is all I got for this song, but if you enjoyed my post, then “Everybody sing” “jump a little higher”.

Spread out now Rosie, doctor come cut loose her mama’s reins
You know playin’ blind man’s bluff is a little baby’s game
You pick up little dynamite, I’ll pick up little gun
And together we’re gonna go out tonight and make that highway run
You don’t have to call me lieutenant, Rosie, and I don’t want to be your son
The only lover I’m ever gonna need’s your soft, sweet, little girl’s tongue
And Rosie, you’re the one

Dynamite’s in the belfry, baby, playin’ with the bats
Little gun’s downtown in front of Woolworth’s tryin’ out his attitude on all the cats
Papa’s on the corner, waitin’ for the bus
Mama, she’s home in the window, waitin’ up for us
She’ll be there in that chair when they wrestle her upstairs, ‘cause you know we ain’t gonna come
I ain’t here on business, baby, I’m only here for fun
And Rosie, you’re the one

Rosalita, jump a little higher
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain’t no liar
Rosalita, you’re my stone desire

Jack the Rabbit and Weak Knee Willie, don’t you know they’re gonna be there
Ah Sloppy Sue and Big Bone Billy, they’ll be coming up for air
We’re gonna play some pool, skip some school
Act real cool, stay out all night, it’s gonna feel alright
So Rosie, come out tonight, little baby, come out tonight
Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor
Oh, closets are for hangers, winners use the door
So use it, Rosie, that’s what it’s there for

Rosalita, jump a little higher
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain’t no liar
Rosalita, you’re my stone desire, alright

Now, I know your mama, she don’t like me, ‘cause I play in a rock and roll band
And I know your daddy, he don’t dig me, but he never did understand
Your papa lowered the boom, he locked you in your room, I’m comin’ to lend a hand
I’m comin’ to liberate you, confiscate you, I want to be your man
Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny
But now you’re sad, your mama’s mad
And your papa says he knows that I don’t have any money
Oh, your papa says he knows that I don’t have any money
Oh, so your daddy says he knows that I don’t have any money
Well, tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance
Because a record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance

And my tires were slashed and I almost crashed, but the Lord had mercy
And my machine, she’s a dud, out stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Well, hold on tight, stay up all night, ‘cause Rosie, I’m comin’ on strong
By the time we meet the morning light, I will hold you in my arms
I know a pretty little place in Southern California, down San Diego way
There’s a little cafe, where they play guitars all night and all day
You can hear them in the back room strummin’
So hold tight, baby, ‘cause don’t you know daddy’s comin’
Everybody sing

Rosalita, jump a little higher
Senorita, come sit by my fire
I just want to be your lover, ain’t no liar
Rosalita, you’re my stone desire

Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey

Television For Dogs

Many people turn on Animal Planet when they leave their house, so their pets will have something to keep them occupied. Some time back in the 1960s someone actually developed something called Smell-O-Vision, but I don’t think that it was ever perfected.  Dogs will basically sniff anything and this seems like the perfect invention for them.  I have never seen a Smell-O-Vision set, they probably weren’t all that popular, but my Dad worked for RCA as a television service technician and he told me about it.

Back in the day before transistors and integrated circuits, television sets had all these tubes inside of them and they would get too hot or short out, so TV sets always needed repair or some type of adjustment maintenance.  You had to adjust the antenna, and turn these knobs for the brightness, contrast, volume and the channel.  My Dad was a pretty popular guy, because he was a specialist that the general public needed.  He carried this big box to hold all of his tools and he made between 8 to 12 service calls every day fixing people’s TVs.

Sometimes people would give him their old TV sets after they bought new ones and he would scrounge up some of the good parts that were still left in them before taking them to the land fill.  I enjoyed going to the junk yard with him as when he dumped picture tubes there, he said that we had to smash them up so nobody would get hurt from them when they exploded.  The picture tubes were vacuum tubes, so when the vacuum was released the glass would fly out.  I would set about 5 picture tubes up side by side and stand far enough away and then throw rocks at them to make them explode.  Boy that was fun!

Written for 1/19/19 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “television”.

Crying Like The Wind

Who (or what) is Stella Blue?  Is this like the sled Rosebud in the movie Citizen Kane?  Stella is Latin for star, however Stella was an American guitar brand owned by the Oscar Schmidt Company that was founded around 1899.  The Stella brand consists of low and mid-level stringed instruments.  Quite a few of the pre-war blues musicians used Stellas, basically because they didn’t have money to throw around on expensive guitars.  Stella guitars were played by notable artists, including Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, Charlie Patton, Doc Watson, Pink Anderson, Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Willie Nelson learned to play on one.  Stella was acquired by the Harmony Company in 1939.  I imagine that it is possible that Stella could have manufactured a guitar with a blue finish.  Stella is a guitar in this song not a girl and I am not sure if it fits my current theme of writing about songs with a girl’s name in the title.

Stella guitars were manufactured in Jersey City, New Jersey and it seems very likely to me that some girl in Jersey City could have been named Stella, and this company could have been named after her, so this song might be about a girl after all.  B.B. King called his guitar Lucille and this makes it entirely possible for someone to name their guitar Stella.  B.B King ran into a burning building caused by a fight between two men to save his guitar.  The men were fighting over a lady named Lucille and B.B King named his guitar after her as a reminder to never fight over a woman or run into burning buildings and he also wrote a song about his guitar titled ‘My Lucille’.

Jerry Garcia ranks #46 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.  Jerry Garcia also won awards for Musician of the Year and Best Guitarist in 1988 at the Bay Area Music awards.  Some amazing songs were written about guitars, like Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’, George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, Foreigner’s ‘Juke Box Hero’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ among many others.  I found a website that listed 56 songs about guitars and I was disappointed because ‘Stella Blue’ was not on the list and IMHO this is a great guitar song.

‘Stella Blue’ has lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia and it was released on Wake of the Flood, the Grateful Dead’s sixth studio album in October 1973.  ‘Stella Blue’ is a lovely unique mood piece unlike any other song that the Dead played, being one of the finest ballads that Garcia and Hunter ever produced.  ‘Stella Blue’ is one of the most emotional songs that the Grateful Dead did, as it conveys heartbreaking anguish wrapped up in a wonderful dreamy melancholy tune.  A lot musicians used to stay at the Chelsea Hotel in New York like Jimi Hendrix, Patti Smith and Bob Marley and other celebrities like Andy Warhol, Jack Kerouac and Jackson Pollock.  Hunter wrote the lyrics to this song while he was staying at the Chelsea, years before Garcia composed the music to go along with them.

Writer Thomas Wolfe spent the last few years of his life at the Chelsea before he died in 1938.  Dylan Thomas stayed in room 205 at the Chelsea hotel when he died in 1953.  William Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch there in 1959.  Arthur Miller stayed at the Chelsea after he and Marilyn Monroe divorced in 1961.  Leonard Cohen wrote ‘Chelsea hotel #2’ in 1974 which was about a tryst that he had with Janis Joplin when he was there.  Bob Dylan wrote ‘Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ in 1976 while he was staying at the Chelsea.  In 1978, Sid Vicious was accused of killing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen when she was found dead at the Chelsea HotelMadonna took the photographs for her infamous 1992 book Sex at this hotel.

The guy in this song seems to be down and out on his luck, regretting the mistakes that he made in his past and all these years seem to have combined and melted into a dream.  He hears a broken angel singing from a guitar.  Garcia took great pride in his guitars, and although he played many in his career, there are five that are truly noteworthy which are named Alligator, Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud and Lighting Bolt.  It was Graham Nash who gave Garcia’s customized 1957 Fender Stratocaster the name Alligator.  Garcia had an instrument built by Doug Irwin which had the Wolf logo incorporated into its design.  Irwin went all out on the next guitar that he created for Garcia spending six full years making the guitar known as Tiger.  Irwin created Rosebud next for Garcia which was a twin of Tiger, though it was two pounds lighter.  Lightning Bolt was created by yacht builder Stephen Cripe.

The guy may have been lonely for quite some time and he is reflecting on his life when he says, “In the end there’s just a song Comes crying like the wind Through all the broken dreams And vanished years Stella Blue” which is probably saying that his life was not full of great accomplishments, but he always had his guitar around to keep him satisfied.  He goes on singing, “When all the cards are down There’s nothing left to see There’s just the pavement left”, probably because this guitarist lived his life as a gambler and he feels that he can hit the road at a moment’s notice.  “Down every lonely street That’s ever been”, he was able to hang on to Stella Blue, his most prized possession.

He says, “I’ve stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel Can’t win for trying Dust off those rusty strings just One more time Gonna make em shine.”  He has had a rough life and this is what the blues are all about and he feels like he just can’t win no matter what he does.  His trusty guitar is always there to remind who he is supposed to be and all he has to do is dust it off a bit and he can make it shine again.  His life is sad but he takes it in stride saying, “It all rolls into one And nothing comes for free There’s nothing you can hold For very long.”  He has this glass is half full optimistic attitude, because he is getting fulfillment from his guitar.  The song ends with him saying, “It seems like all this life Was just a dream Stella Blue”, as his guitar was the only thing that kept him from being disconnected and confused, which is sometimes called dissociative thinking.

All the years combine
They melt into a dream
A broken angel sings
From a guitar
In the end there’s just a song
Comes crying like the wind
Through all the broken dreams
And vanished years

Stella Blue
When all the cards are down
There’s nothing left to see
There’s just the pavement left
And broken dreams
In the end there’s still that song
Comes crying like the wind
Down every lonely street
That’s ever been

Stella Blue
I’ve stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel
Can’t win for trying
Dust off those rusty strings just
One more time
Gonna make em shine
It all rolls into one
And nothing comes for free
There’s nothing you can hold
For very long
And when you hear that song
Come crying like the wind
It seems like all this life
Was just a dream
Stella Blue

Thrilla In Manila

Billy Crystal said that Muhammad Ali lovingly known as “The Greatest” was so fast that he could turn out the lights in his bedroom and be under the covers before it got dark.  The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.  It was fought for the heavyweight championship of the world at the Philippine Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on Wednesday, October 1, 1975.  Many people regarded this as the best fight of all time, but others say the world heavyweight championship between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman which took place in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974 and was dubbed the “Rumble in the Jungle” was the best fight ever.

The fight was a seminal moment for the Philippines, a moment of true international attention and recognition for a country which was convulsing under three years of martial law and a crackdown by dictator Ferdinand Marcos.  By capitalizing on the great Ali-Frazier rivalry, Marcos managed in one swoop to both unite the country and at least for the duration of the fight, he was able to rehabilitate his image on the world stage.  Marcos was a kleptocrat, a ruler who used political power to steal his country’s resources.  Eleven years after this fight Imelda Marcos would flee the Philippines with her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, during a 1986 uprising leaving behind at least 1,220 pairs of shoes, along with a vast collection of clothes and accessories.

Frazier won his first heavyweight championship bout while Ali was barred from fighting due to his conscientious objection to the Vietnam War, and Joe lobbied for Ali’s ban to be rescinded, in part so he could beat Ali himself and vindicate his championship belts and also because he had lent his great rival money during the lean years of the ban.  Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were like two brothers and this being the case Muhammad Ali always teased Joe Frazier, but they were companions, these guys genuinely loved each other.

Showdowns don’t get any bigger than this title bout, with the possible exception being when David took on Goliath, as this was the third and final meeting between the graceful, balletic and fast-talking Ali and his nemesis, the taciturn, heavy-hitting Joe Frazier.  In their first meeting at the Garden Ali started quickly, but Frazier pressed a withering body attack in the middle rounds and clearly staggered Ali with a left hook in the 11th.  Most had Frazier slightly ahead, and he sealed the unanimous decision by flooring Ali with another left in the 15th round.  Following the first loss of his career, Ali won 12 of his next 13 bouts, getting upset when he suffered a broken jaw against Ken Norton in March 1973.  By the time he got a rematch with Frazier on Jan. 28, 1974, at the Garden, neither was champion since Frazier had lost the title to Foreman.  Ali won a clear unanimous decision by using his speed to outpoint Frazier in a fight with no knockdowns.

Ahead of the Manila fight Ali had taken to name-calling and needling, much of it with racial tones and the fight got its nickname from a rhyme that Ali rapped about his opponent ahead of the fight, while punching a toy gorilla and saying, “It will be a killa… and a thrilla… and a chilla when I get the Gorilla in Manila.”  Ali needled Joe in an attempt to generate publicity, there was no hate there.  Frazier was deeply offended and resentful of Ali’s taunting, so he made sure that he was in great shape for this fight and he was hell bent on winning.  The fight turned out to be a slug fest for both fighters, fifteen scheduled rounds in an airless steamy sauna of an arena.  Ali chose not to take an early moment in the fight to knock out his opponent, presumably because he wanted to give the fans a show.  The fight ended with Frazier’s trainer Eddie Futch throwing in the towel just before the 15th round.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January eighteenth prompt suggested by Di, pensitivity101 and that is “companionship”.

Cross My Heart And Hope To Die

‘Loose Lucy’ is a story song, and Lucy is often compared with ‘Runaround Sue’, but I think that the guy is the one that is doing all the cheating in this story.  Hunter likes people to form their own opinions about his lyrics and my best guess says that there are two different characters talking in the song, the happy guy that is that going round and round with Lucy who says he is the string and Lucy who is the yo-yo.  The way I have it is that Lucy has three lines somewhere in the middle of this story.  Ever since the Beatles recorded ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, the name Lucy has been associated with LSD and although the Dead were known for doing a lot of drugs, this is not a drug song.  The Grateful Dead did do some songs with sexual connotations in their early days when Pig Pen sang songs like ‘Good Morning Little School Girl’, but ‘Loose Lucy’ was not what you would figure to be a typical song for them, it was sort of an anomaly.  The Grateful Dead did not record a lot of sexist or chauvinistic songs, although there is that line in ‘Jack Straw’ that says, “We can share the women, we can share the wine”.

‘Loose Lucy’ was composed and written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter and it appeared on their From the Mars Hotel album, which was their seventh studio album and that was released on August 7, 1973.  It was also released as the “B” side of a single with ‘U.S. Blues’ in June 1974.  ‘Loose Lucy’ is basically a fun bouncy song that the Dead played so their audience could have a real good time.  The guy is delighted to spend time with Lucy and when they are together they go at it all night long.  The guy is connected with Lucy like a yo-yo is to its string and this comparison may invoke a sexual connotation as the yo-yo is constantly going up and down.  At one point the guy notices a commotion going on and he says, “Listen to the birds on the hot wire sing”.  Audio experts have ascertained that certain sounds can make it easier to focus and these include birds singing, it’s when birds stop singing that people need to worry, so they can keep on balling.  As the birds continue singing, he is saying, “thank you, for a real good time.”  An electrician will say that a wire is hot if it is connected to a power source and when this is the case, caution should be exercised if you are required to handle this wire. I think that caution also needs to be considered when being with Lucy.

He tells Lucy that he “got jumped coming home last night”, a shadow in the alley turned out all his lights, he was making an excuse to tell Lucy why he didn’t show up last night as he had planned.  Lucy got sore thinking that he lost interest in her. She is jealous and she did not believe that he got mugged, and she sounds like a beatnik when she says, “Bebop baby, how can this be I know you’ve been out a cheating on me.”  The word bebop was originally a type of jazz this word was considered to be hip as it was formed from nonsense syllables and it was eventually shortened to just plain bop.  He realizes that it, “Don’t take much to get the word around”, he must have figured that someone told her something, so he tells her, “Cross my heart and hope to die”, saying that he, “was just hanging out with the other guys.”  The story gets a bit confusing here as he says, “Went back home with two black eyes You know I’ll love her till the day I die.”  Did he get one black eye from the mugging and did Lucy give him the other black eye for not showing up, or for going back to his wife?  Is it his wife that he will love till the day that he dies?  If it is, then how will he explain the two black eyes to her.

The guy has already finished having his real good time with Lucy and he probably feels that she is going to get clingy on him, so he is calling it quits with Lucy as he says, “I like your smile but I ain’t your type.”  He is basically breaking it off saying, “It’s not you, it’s me.  I hope we can still be friends.”  Lucy may not have reached the age of consent yet, as the next line in this story says, “Don’t shake the tree when the fruit ain’t ripe”, and he feels that this will get him off the hook.

The Grateful Dead were ranked 57th in the issue The Greatest Artists of all Time by Rolling Stone magazine.  They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and their Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University (May 8, 1977) was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.  Garcia loved playing songs that the audience could sing along with and people love to sing “yea, yea, yea” and “thank you for a real good time” along with this song.

Loose Lucy is my delight
She comes running and we ball all night
Round and round and round and round
Don’t take much to get me on the ground
She’s my yo-yo, I’m her string
Listen to the birds on the hot wire sing

Singing yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Singing thank you, for a real good time

I got jumped coming home last night
Shadow in the alley turned out all my lights
Round and round and round and round
Don’t take much to get me on the ground
Loose Lucy, she was sore
Says I know you can’t want my love no more,

Singing yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Singing thank you, for a real good time

Bebop baby, how can this be
I know you’ve been out a cheating on me
Round and round and round and round
Don’t take much to get the word around
Cross my heart and hope to die
I was just hanging out with the other guys

Singing yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Singing thank you, for a real good time

Went back home with two black eyes
You know I’ll love her till the day I die
Round and round and round and round
Don’t take much to get the word around
I like your smile but I ain’t your type
Don’t shake the tree when the fruit ain’t ripe

Singing yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Singing thank you, for a real good time