Blind John

Lyrics: Peter Monk
Music: C J Stetson

Recorded Mickey Hart's first solo album, Rolling Thunder, with Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and others on vocals. Also played live by Jefferson Airplane. I had assumed that "C.J.Stetson" was a pseudonym for some of the performers, but see this.

Blind John the guitar player
Singing out each day
Blind John the guitar player
Love might make him play
Blind John the guitar player
Giving it away
Blind John the guitar player
Never sees the day
Blind John the guitar player
Paid up all his dues
Blind John the guitar player
Singing simple blues
Blind John the guitar player
Gospel means good news
Blind John the guitar player
Tell us something new

And you know he said to me
Just how special life could be
If everybody else could see as clear as me

Old John the guitar player
Taking careful aim
Blind John the guitar player
Songs to ease the pain
Blind John the guitar player
Cooling down the flames
Blind John the guitar player
He ain't got no [??]
Blind John the guitar player
Fingers on my face
Blind John the guitar player
Never leaves a trace
Blind John the guitar player
Help us through the day
Blind John the guitar player
The night's not far away

And that smile on his face
Shining pennies in his case
Tell us that he's won the race and now he's through

Blind John the guitar player
Singing out each day
Blind John the guitar player
Love might make him play
Blind John the guitar player
Singing out each day
Blind John the guitar player
Giving it away
Blind John the guitar player
Singing out each day
Blind John the guitar player
Love might make him play
[etc]
Notes
(1) Jeff Kie sent me an email about C.J.Stetson:
"C.J. Stetson is not a pseudonym that the performers used, but is a real person. His real name is "Texas" Jim Stalarow. He was a regular in the San Francisco music scene in the late 60s/early 70s, and prior to that briefly managed The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. I know this because his sister was, until quite recently, my landlady. One day we got to talking about Roky Erikson and The Thirteenth Floor Elevators when she brought up her brother Jim and asked if I had ever heard the Mickey Hart album "Rolling Thunder". She let me borrow an old dog-eared copy she had on vinyl, saying that "he was going by the name C.J. Stetson at the time". Then she showed me the photo montage on the album cover and pointed him out, and I knew she wasn't lying. They look very much alike. His headshot is in the lower right hand corner of the montage--- the person with the fu-manchu beard to the immediate right of the guy in the striped shirt. She said he had passed away, but she didn't tell me when."
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1972 Rolling Thunder Mickey Hart
     22 Sep 1972 Last Flight Jefferson Airplane


Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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