Easy Answers

Lyrics: Robert Hunter, Bob Weir
Music: Weir, Bralove, Wasserman, Welnick

Played by Bob Weir with the Grateful Dead from 1993 and with Ratdog and Weir/Wasserman.

Rob Wasserman described the creation and recording of this song in the liner notes to the Trios album

"The night before this session Bob Weir and I were rehearsing a song idea for our trio with Neil Young. As we were wrapping up he asked me if I wanted to hear another new tune he had been working on. The next day Neil, Bobby and I were sitting in Neil's ancient Cadillac listening to both songs, and we decided to record the newer one from the previous evening which, needless to say, became Easy Answers. Bobby recorded his lead vocal around midnight. Neil and I wouldn't let him do it over again as we both felt he had captured the true spirit of a preacher in his late night delivery. I remember thinking that the song must be pretty good when I saw Neil simultaneously washing dinner dishes at the studio sink and dancing non-stop while he listened to the playback. He commented that my vocal part sounded like a disinterested New Yorker on a street corner using a pay phone while singing the words 'easy answers'."
Lyrics:
Promises made in the dark dissolve by light of day
Easy answers
Ain't no saying what will be, it's always been that way
Only thing I know for sure, someone got to pay
Easy answers
Ain't no easy answers, is what I got to say

Easy answers
I don't wanna hear
Ain't nobody cares
C'mon let's go
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know

Love is an easy word to say, roll's right off the tongue
Easy answers
Seems to crop up like a weed, in every song that's sung
It always sounds so easy, the way it falls upon the ear
Easy answers
Plenty easy answers now, listen to me here
Easy answers

Find 'em anywhere
Easy answers
Easy answers
Easy answers
Easy answers
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know

Shut your eyes and listen to the colors of your mind
Easy answers
Give yourself a breath of air, let your soul unwind
Easy answers
You don't have to say a word, you got dick to say
'Cause no-one ever said there's gonna be an easy way
Easy answers

Find them anywhere
Easy answers
Ain't nobody care
Easy answers
I don't wanna know

Easy answers
I don't wanna know
Easy answers
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
Promises made in the dark dissolve by light of day
Easy answers
Ain't no saying what we'll be, it's always been that way
Only thing I know for sure, someone got to pay
Easy answers
Ain't no easy answers, that's all I got to say
Easy answers

Easy answers
I don't wanna hear
Easy answers
Easy answers
Ain't nobody there
Easy answers
Easy answers
C'mon now, let's go
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know
I don't wanna know

Easy answers
Easy answers
Feel alright
Easy answers
Easy answers
Feel alright
Easy answers
Easy answers
Bob Weir Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1994 Trios Rob Wasserman (note 1)
     17 Jul 1998 Furthur Most The Other Ones

Notes
(1) Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman and Neil Young play on this track. Also released on the compilation Weir Here: The Best Of Bob Weir


Further 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 sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 2 (piano arrangement)

 


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