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Ron "Pigpen" McKernan


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Brother Ron,

Thank you for your time...

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Oh bring me my shotgun, bring me back some shells,

Why don't you just bring me my shotgun,

Bring me back a pocket full of shells,

Well you know if I don't get myself a little competition,

You know there's gonna be some trouble 'round here.

Well you know my mama told me, she said,

You gonna have bad luck, son, don't care where you go,

So why don't you bring me my shotgun.

Early in the morning when the sun gonna rise,

She lets her rolling go moonshine bright,

In the morning bring me my shotgun,

Well I can stand in the mist for a while,

But I can't stand it for very long.

[color:"blue"] Ronald C. McKernan

1945 - 1973

"Pig Pen was & is now forever one of the Grateful Dead"

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Saw it last year and got my ticket for the steeltown showing and am actually watching the leaked footage (not in the movie) I have on VCD right now,awesome Pigpen footage from Calgary.

Phishy K,

Did they hand out those three page laminated programs at the viewing you saw?I hoping to get another one for a friend in the UK.

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"The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)"

Words and music by Ron McKernan

What are they seeing, when they look in each other's eyes?

What are they feeling, when they see each other smile?

Is it love, I don't know - or an emotion that I've outgrown?

Did I take a wrong turn on life's winding road?

Won't somebody help me find the right way to go?

My life need some correction, alteration in [and?] direction.

Won't somebody stand by [comfort?] me - yes, I'm lost, yes, I'm lost,

Yes, I'm lost.

What is the secret of this tie that binds? [time of mine?]

Two souls in communion, both body and mind.

Is it special magic, or just the nature of things?

Conceived of [Come see the?] great spirit, not for beggars but for kings.

You who have found it please help me along.

I'm a man, I'm a man, - I'm not made out of stone.

My needs they are simple, I don't want anything,

but I surely want to fly on those wings, on the run, one more time.

All I wanna do, fly up, fly home.

Fly on those wings of love, fly up, fly home,

I'm a stranger [a staying?] in your town, fly up, fly home,

Help me somebody please! Fly up, fly home.

I wake up early in the morning, fly up, fly home,

you know I never saw you babe, fly up, fly home.

I just can't seem to understand,

can't seem to understand what's wrong, fly up, fly home.

What I wanna do is take a little ride with you, on the wings of love,

woh-oh one more time, one more time.

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Saw it last year and got my ticket for the steeltown showing and am actually watching the leaked footage (not in the movie) I have on VCD right now,awesome Pigpen footage from Calgary.

Ah man!! I saw Festival Express a few days ago, and one of my complaints is that I didn't get to see Pigpen enough. I loved the movie a lot! But wish I coulda seen more of Pigpen that's all. So then that leaked footage you're talking about, I'm hoping it'll end up on the DVD.

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