Wharf Rat

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The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock, and for live performances of long musi… more »

Old man down
Way down, down, down by the docks of the city
 Blind and dirty  Asked me for a dime, a dime for a cup of coffee 
I got no dime but I got some time to hear his story 
My name is August West, and I love my Pearly Baker best more than my wine
More than my wine 
More than my maker, though he's no friend of mine

 Everyone said
I'd come to no good, I knew I would Pearly, believe them
Half of my life 
I spent doin' time for some other fucker's crime 
The other half found me stumbling 'round drunk on Burgundy wine

But I'll get back on my feet again someday
The good Lord willin'
If He says I may
I know that the life I'm livin's no good
I'll get a new start, live the life I should 
I'll get up and fly away, 
I'll get up and fly away, fly away

Pearly's been true
True to me, true to my dyin' day he said
I said to him
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been"
I said to him, "I'm sure she's been true to you"

I got up and wandered  Wandered downtown, nowhere to go but just hang around 
I've got a girl
 Named Bonnie Lee, I know that girl's been true to me
I know she's been, I'm sure she's been true to me

Written by: JERRY GARCIA, ROBERT HUNTER

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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