High Time

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

You told me goodbye
How was I to know
You didn't mean goodbye
You meant please don't let me go
I was having a high time
Living the good life
Well I know

The wheels are muddy
Got a ton of hay
Now listen here baby
'Cause I mean what I say (note 1)
I'm having a hard time
Living the good life
Well I know

I was losing time, I had nothing to do
No-one to fight, I came to you
Wheels broke down, the leader won't draw
The line is busted, the last one I saw

Tomorrow comes trouble (note 2)
Tomorrow comes pain
Now don't think too hard, baby
'Cause you know what I'm saying
I could show you a high time
Living the good life (note 3)
Don't be that way

Nothing's for certain
It could always go wrong
Come in when it's raining
Go on out when it's gone
We could have us a high time
Living the good life
Well I know
Notes
(1) on a demo recorded in 1969, Jerry sang "What else can I say"
(2) on some occasions (eg DP4) Garcia sang the last two verses in the opposite order
(3) on the 1969 demo, Jerry sings "Trying to show you the good life", but that may just have been a mistake

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
      8 Nov 1969 Dick's Picks Vol 16
     12 Dec 1969 Dave's Picks Volume 10
     20 Dec 1969 Dave's Picks Volume 6
     studio 1970 Workingman's Dead (note a)
      7 Feb 1970 Fillmore West 1969 - The Complete Recordings (note b)
     14 Feb 1970 Dick's Picks Vol 4
      9 Jun 1976 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 5
     28 Jun 1976 Download Series Vol 4
     17 May 1977 30 Days Of The Dead (2012) (note d)
     26 May 1977 30 Days Of The Dead (2013)
     28 Dec 1979 Road Trips Vol 3, No 1
     16 May 1980 Go To Nassau
      3 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
     25 Oct 1980 Dead Set (note c)
      6 May 1981 Dick's Picks Vol 13
      1 Nov 1985 Dick's Picks Vol 21
     28 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     27 May 1993 Road Trips Vol 2, No 4
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     Sep 1995 Eternity Blue Henry Kaiser
     1998 Stolen Roses Cast of "Cumberland Blues"
     2012 Lock Stock & Soul Alyssa Graham
Notes
(a) also on the compilation What A Long Strange Trip It's Been
(b) released on the bonus disc issued with advance orders
(c) issued as a bonus track in the box set Beyond Description (1973-1990)
(d) also in the May 1977 Box Set