Let The Mountain Be My Home

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Brian Lesh

Robert Hunter wrote these lyrics to complete what was little more than the refrain "Gonna let the mountain be my home", developed as part of the PERRO sessions in 1971.

For a different version, completed by Paul Kantner, see The Mountain Song

In 2010, Furthur unveiled a version, with music for the verses by Brian Lesh.

Built a fortress on a hill
I built a castle in the sky
I built a lean-to in the village down below
A fountain where the land was dead and dry

I built a palace overlooking seven seas
I built a church upon a stone
Gonna let my pleasant pastures go to seed
And let the mountain be my home

Gonna let the mountain be my home
Gonna let the mountain be my home
Gonna free my fed up soul to roam
Gonna make the mountain be my home

A monument of marble raised
Against the day I die
And on the capstone just one word
And that one word was "why?"
I rolled away from there half-crazed
I won't go back again
You can have that marble tomb
If that's your taste my friend
Gonna leave my dusty bones
By the path on which they fall
Halfway up some mountain trail
Where the timberline stands tall

Had my fill of history
It's all a murder mystery
Solve it if you care to
Or let it flood on by
Come up where the air is clean and high
A broken-hearted lover seeking for peace
I lay my head upon a stone
The prison down below don't offer no release
I'll let the mountain be my home

Gonna let the mountain be my home
Gonna let the mountain be my home
Gonna free my fed up soul to roam
Gonna make the mountain be my home

I heard the golden eagle's
Disappearing cry
Wings of beaten lightning flashed
From skies beyond the sky
God writes testament in stars
Believe no words you read
Until you see what action
Has been mothered by the deed
The mountain makes no promises
A thing I understand
Rather look down from the height
Than up here from the land

Gonna let the mountain be my home
Gonna let the mountain be my home
Gonna free my fed up soul to roam
Gonna make the mountain be my home
Furthur introduced a version in 2010. Brian Lesh explained the origins:
"It was that same tradition that created the song that Furthur plays, ‘The Mountain Song’. After hearing Blue Light River’s song, my mom, Jill, did some research and found lyrics written by Robert Hunter that were meant to be added to David's original composition. Seeing the potential, she brought them to my dad, Phil, and me, and together we came up with a third incarnation of the song. Using David's chorus, my arrangement and music for the verses and Hunter’s lyrics, we built a new song that pays homage to and builds upon my song, which in turn was built upon the original."
The Furthur version is a slightly truncated version of Hunter's lyrics, with a new short introductory verse:
I went walking out last summer
Trying to find the breath to live
I went walking on the mountain
A friend had told me I'd find you there

Built a fortress on a hill
I built a castle in the sky
I built a lean-to in the village down below
A fountain where the land was dead and dry

I built a palace overlooking seven seas
I built a church upon a stone
Gonna let my pleasant pastures go to seed
Gonna let the mountain be my home

Gonna make the mountains be my home
('Cause the sky above me is gold)
Gonna make the mountains be my home
(The river is dark)
Gonna free my soul to roam
(The river is dark, down to the sea)
Gonna make the mountains be my home
('Cause the sky above is gold)

A monument of marble raised
Against the day I die
And on the capstone just one word
And that one word was "why?"
Gonna leave my dusty bones
By the path on which they fall
Halfway up some mountain trail
Where the timberline stands tall

Gonna let the mountains be my home
(I'm going to move)
Gonna let the mountains be my home
(I want to breathe)
Gonna free my soul to roam
(I'm going to move on)
Gonna make the mountains be my home
(I think I put on my saddle and ride)

I heard the golden eagle's
Disappearing cry
Wings of beaten lightning flashed
From skies beyond the sky
God writes testament in stars
Believe no words you read
Until you see what action
Has been mothered by the deed
The mountain makes no promises
A thing I understand
Rather look down from the height
Than up here from the land

Gonna let the mountains be my home
(Such a long time)
Gonna let the mountains be my home
(I want to breathe)
Gonna free my soul to roam
(I'm gonna move mountains)
Gonna make the mountains be my home
(I'm gonna move)
Gonna make the mountains be my home
Just got to breathe
Just got to breathe
Just got to breathe
Just got to breathe
Brian Lesh has played a version with Phil Lesh & Friends that has his original lyrics for the Blue Light River version:
It's a lonely night in the town of princes
And it's a lonely night in the city of kings
'Cause all these kings and all these princes
Ain't got no one to talk to
And their diamond rings

[chorus]

It's a lonely night, here in this city
'Cause no one seems to be around
And all those people
With silver bracelets control
All the whiskey in this towm

[chorus]

Those people who don't understand me
There's nothing to understand
'Cause I found me my whiskey
So go away, I'll put it in the dam

[chorus]