It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

Lyrics: Bob Dylan
Music: Bob Dylan

Played by Jerry with the Grateful Dead a handful of times, normally seguing out of C. C. Rider. Also played frequently by Jerry with the JGB and other bands. More recently, played by Bob Dylan with The Dead.

I drive a mailtrain, mama, can't buy a thrill (note 1)
I been up all night, mama, sleeping on a window sill (note 2)
Well, if I die on top of the hill
And if I don't make it, you know my baby will

Don't the moon look good, mama, shining through the trees? (note 3)
Don't the brakeman look good, mama, flagging down the "Double E"?
Don't the sun look fine setting down over the sea? (note 4)
Don't my gal look fine when she's coming after me? (note 5

Now the wintertime is coming, the windows are filled with frost
I tried to tell everybody, but I could not get across (note 6)
I wanna be your lover, baby, I don't wanna be your boss
Don't say I didn't warn you when your train gets lost (note 7)

Don't say I didn't warn you when your train gets lost
Don't say I didn't warn you when your train gets lost
Notes
(1) Dylan's version is "I ride on the mailtrain, baby, ..."
(2) Jerry sometimes sang "... leaning on a window sill", which is Dylan's version
(3) Jerry sometimes juxtaposed "sun" and "moon" in this verse
(4) Jerry sometimes sang "... sinking down over the sea." Dylan's version is "... going down over the sea"
(5) Jerry sometimes sand "... when she's running after me"
(6) Dylan's version is "I went to tell everybody ..."
(7) Dylan's version is "Don't say I never warned you ..."

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     10 Jun 1973 Postcards Of The Hanging
 
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     23 Jan 1973 Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan Garcia & Saunders
     10 Jul 1973 Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings Garcia/Saunders
     11 Jul 1973 Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings Garcia/Saunders
      4 Jun 1982 Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan Garcia & Kahn (note 8)
 
Dead-related Recordings
     10 Jul 1980 Heart Of Gold Band Heart Of Gold Band (note 9)
      1998 Sundown On The Forest Kingfish (without Weir)

Notes
(8) on bonus disc with advance orders from jerrygarcia.com
(9) also on the compilations Double Dose and Heart Of Gold Band

The second verse seems to derive from Lightnin' Hopkins "Shining Moon":
Don't that moon look pretty, shining down through the trees
Don't that moon look pretty, shining down through the trees
You know I could see my baby, Lord, when she don't see me