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Grateful Dead – Touch Of Grey lyrics

Paint by numbermorning sky looks so phony.
Dawn is breaking everywhere, light a candle, curse the glare
Draw the curtains I don't care, 'cause it's all right
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

I see you've got your list out, say your peace and get out.
Yes I get the gist of it, but it's all right
Sorry that you feel that way, the only thing there is to say is...
Every silver lining's got a touch of grey.
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

It's a lesson to me, the Ables on the bakers and the c's
The abc's we all must face, try to keep a little grace


It's a lesson to me,
The Delta's or the East and the freezes.
The abc's-- we all think of, and try to keep a little love.

I know the rent is in arrears, the dog has not been fed in years, it's even worse than it appears but, it's all right

Cow is giving kerosene, kid can't read at seventeen
The words he knows are all obscene, but it's all right
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

The shoe on the hand that fits, there's really nothin' much to it
Whistle through your teeth and spit, 'cause it's all right
Oh well a touch of grey, kinda suits you anyway,
That is all I had to say, if it's all right
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

We will get by... X3 then fade
We will survive!

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  • grendel53
    A classic R. Hunter take on aging, coping and getting by. The happy warrior, dealing w/ tough times and juvenile delinquents, getting by, "WE" will, collectively. Another Hunter theme, "we're all in this la vida loca together, may as well look out for your brothers and sisters and they'll look out for you, and together, "we will get by". The 'touch of grey" becomes more prominent as we age, our hair gets grey, but, hey, "it kinda suits you anyway". It's gonna happen, we ARE getting older, best we can do is do it with style and grace. Every dark cloud's "silver lining has a touch of grey", as in your age and wisdom contribute to your ability to see things through, survive and thrive. This was turned into their first MTV hit video, they shot it at Laguna Seca Raceway after a "real" show. Naturally, skeletons replaced the guys. Heads marveled how quirky and exact the mannequins resembled the guys. Phil's puppet's butt stuck out, bobby's looked like Bobby, etc. TOG was a 1st Set opener and stayed in the rotation from its first time played. It even got some airplay and I THINK it charted Top Ten. It was their biggest hit and lead to a new generation of Heads.
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