Candyman

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Written by Hunter/Garcia, and not to be confused with the Mississippi John Hurt song Candyman Blues

Come all you pretty women with your hair a-hanging down
Open up your windows, 'cause the Candyman's in town
Come on boys and gamble
Roll those laughing bones
Seven come eleven, boys, I'll take your money home

Chorus
Look out, look out, the Candyman
Here he comes and he's gone again
Pretty lady ain't got no friend
Till the Candyman comes around again

I come in from Memphis where I leant to talk the jive
When I get back to Memphis, be one less man alive
Good morning, Mister Benson
I see you're doing well
If I had me a shotgun, I'd blow you straight to hell

[chorus]

Come on boys and wager, if you have got the mind
If you've got a dollar, boys, lay it on the line
Hand me my old guitar
Pass the whiskey round
Won't you tell everybody you meet that the Candyman's in town

[chorus]

Look out, look out, the Candyman
Here he come and he's gone again
[repeat and fade]
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1970 American Beauty
     15 Apr 1970 American Beauty (note 1)
     18 Apr 1970 Family Dog at the Great Highway
      2 May 1970 Dick's Picks Vol 8
     15 May 1970 Road Trips Vol 3 No 3 (early show)
     21 Jun 1976 Download Series Vol 4
     28 Sep 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 20
     28 May 1977 To Terrapin: Hartford '77
      7 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
      5 Nov 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 34
      4 Feb 1978 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
     16 Sep 1978 Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978 (CD and DVD)
      6 Nov 1979 Road Trips Full Show: Spectrum 11/6/79
     30 Dec 1979 Road Trips Vol 3, No 1 (bonus disc)
      3 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
     29 Oct 1980 Dead Set
     29 Nov 1980 30 Days Of The Dead (2013)
      9 Dec 1981 30 Days Of The Dead (2011)
      6 Apr 1982 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 4
      3 Oct 1987 View From The Vault III (DVD & CD soundtrack)
      8 Oct 1989 Warlocks Box

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Weir-Robinson-Greene Trio Live!
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2001 Built To Grass Grass Is Dead
     2001 Live At The Green Mill Sabertooth
      8 Feb 2006 Live At The Fillmore Grateful Grass
Notes
(1) included as a bonus track on remastered album, first released as part of the box set The Golden Road (1965-1973)
(2) a 4 Jun 1970 Grateful Dead recording has been made available for download as an outtake from "So Many Roads (1965-1995)"


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 online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 2 (piano arrangement)
          Grateful Dead Songbook Volume 1 (piano arrangement)
          Grateful Dead (Guitar Superstar Series) (simplified guitar TAB)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)

 


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