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Ron "Pigpen" McKernan 1945 - 1973


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Rest well brother.


[color:"red"]September 8 1945 - March 8 1973

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.

The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)

Words and music by Ron McKernan


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I been balling a shiny black steel jack-hammer,

Been chippin’ up rocks for the great highway,

Live five years if I take my time,

Ballin’ that jack and a drinkin’ my wine.

I been chippin’ them rocks from dawn till doom,

While my rider hide my bottle in the other room.

Doctor say better stop ballin’ that jack,

If I live five years I gonna bust my back, yes I will.

Easy wind cross the bayou today

Cause there’s a whole lotta women, mama,

Out in red on the streets today.

And the rivers keep a talkin’,

But you never heard a word it said.

Gotta find a woman be good to me,

Won’t hide my liquor try to serve me tea,

Cause I’m a stone jack baller and my heart is true

And I’ll give everything that I got to you, yes I will.

Easy wind going cross the bayou today

There’s a whole lotta women

Out in red on the streets today.

And the rivers keep a talkin’,

But you never heard a word it said.

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holy freak! I've been in a Pigpen space the past day or two, digging on his tracks from "Grateful Dead: Steppin' Out" (England 1972 compilation) and then just last night, fa-reaking out to "Easy Wind" for the millionth time. I had no idea the anniversary of his passing was so close.

Sometimes I think "Mr Charlie" is favorite song EVAH!

thanks Pig.

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