The Dwarf

Lyrics: John Barlow
Music: Bob Weir

This was recorded during the sessions for Bob Weir's album "Ace" but not used. Bob Weir had this to say about it in an interview with David Gans on KPFA on 14 May 1997:

Weir: There was a lyric that [John Perry] Barlow had written that I actually chickened out from singing. It was called "The Dwarf," and it was ugly. Um...
Gans: Now, wait a minute. Barlow told me that he wrote that lyric as a way of getting you to accept "Walk in the Sunshine."
Weir: Right. Basically, yeah.
Gans: [chuckle]
Caller: That's not the best song on the whole album.
Weir: No, it's not.
Caller: [chuckle]
Weir: But it would have been a lot better, I think, if I'd done "The Dwarf."
Gans: [chuckle]
Caller So you never played that song live.
Weir: No. Maybe, maybe if I can get the lyrics to that one...
Gans: I think I have -- I think Barlow gave me the lyrics --
Weir: A copy of the lyrics to "The Dwarf"?
Gans: -- to "The Dwarf. " I have it in my file. I'll fax it to you, Bob.
Weir: I don't know --
Gans: Look for it on this tour, folks.
Weir: -- we'll see, it's, uh --
Gans: We'll have banners out on the Furthur tour.
Caller: [laugh]
Weir: Among other things, it's kinda politically incorrect.
John Perry Barlow had this to say in his book "Mother American Night" (page 107):
"I stayed up all night with Frankie Weir, who fed me Wild Turkey and cocaine and made me write the fairly dreadful "Walk In The Sunshine." I also wrote a song based on Pär Lagerkwist's The Dwarf called "The Dwarf" that included the lyrics "I'm not a tall man / I'm a small man." It was about a horrible little Renaissance court dwarf who had no one's interests at heart. I gave it to Bobby, and so he was greatly relieved when I showed him the only slightly less terrible "Walk In The Sunshine," and I was free to go."
Dennis McNally quotes a slight variation on those lyrics in his book:
"I'm just a small man
I'm not a tall man"


 


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