Lazy Lightning

Lyrics: John Barlow
Music: Bob Weir

First played by Bob Weir with Kingfish but then played regularly with the Grateful Dead between 1976 and 1984. Always followed by Supplication.

Lazy lightning
That sleepy fire in your eyes
Is that desire in disguise
I keep on trying but I
I can't get through

Lazy lightning
I'd like to find the proper potion
To try to capture your emotion
[Alternative: To kind of capture your emotion]
You're right beside me but I
I can't get through

You're a loop of lazy lightning
Just a loop of lazy lighting
Must admit you're kind of frightening
But you really get me high

So exciting
When I hear your velvet thunder
You seem so near I start to wonder
Would you come closer if I
If I asked you to

So exciting
[Alternative: So inviting]
The way you're messing with my reason
It's an obsession but it's pleasing
Tell me a lie and I will swear
I will swear it's true

You're a loop of lazy lightning
Liquid loop of lazy lightning
Must admit you're kind of frightening
You're a loop of lazy lightning

Rope of fire round my heart (lightning)
Rope of fire ever tightening
Rope of fire round my heart (tightening)
[Alternative: It's either lunacy or lightning]
Come on come on lazy lightning

You're a loop of lazy lightning

Lazy lightning
You say you never start the same place
I want a double dose in any case
I'd fly a kite if I thought
Thought that would do

Here's to lightning
Well you always electrify me
Someday I know you'll satisfy me
And all that lightning will be
My lightning too

Loop of lazy lightning
(My lightning too)
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
      9 Jun 1976 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 5
     12 Jun 1976 30 Days Of The Dead (2011)
     21 Jun 1976 Download Series Vol 4
     25 Sep 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 20
     30 Sep 1976 30 Days Of The Dead (2014)
      9 Oct 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 33
     25 Apr 1977 30 Trips Around The Sun
     11 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     15 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     22 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 3
     25 May 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 1 (note 3)
      8 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
      2 Nov 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 34
     31 Dec 1977 New Year's Eve At The Winterland
     22 Apr 1978 Dave's Picks Vol 15
     11 May 1978 Dick's Picks Vol 25
      5 Jul 1978 July 1978: The Complete Recordings
     30 Dec 1979 Road Trips Vol 3, No 1 (bonus disc)
      6 May 1980 Road Trips Volume 3, Number 4
     15 May 1980 Go To Nassau
     13 Oct 1980 Dead Set (note 2)
Other Bob Weir Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1976 Kingfish Kingfish (note 1)
      3 Apr 1976 In Concert (King Biscuit Flower Hour) Kingfish

(1) also on the compilation Weir Here: The Best Of Bob Weir
(2) issued as a bonus track in the box set Beyond Description (1973-1990)
(3) also made available for download on 30 Days Of The Dead (2011)

Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For information on references in the lyrics see David Dodd's Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics
For David Dodd's discussion of this song on see Greatest Stories Ever Told
For online chords and TAB see
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 2 (piano arrangement)


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