Zillionaire

Lyrics: Edie Brickell
Music: Brickell, Garcia, Wasserman

Played on Rob Wasserman's album "Trios" with Wasserman, Jerry Garcia and Edie Brickell

Gonna tell the tale of a dog named Zillionaire
Who stands on the back of a whale
Howling out in the middle of the ocean
Waves of dog emotions
Howl on till you find your sailor
Howl on till he carries you home

Hear him calling for his master
A sailor lost at sea
Who sank inside a splash and disappeared beneath
Zillionaire was left drowning in his sorrows
Riding on a whale
Drifting in tomorrow
Howl out for your sailor
Howl for yourself
Howl out for someone to carry you home

Racecar driver, skinny head looking out the window
Racecar driver, skinny legs pressed agains the pedal
Faster than a second thought speeding round the bend
Never gonna to be caught dead 'less they're at the end
Racecar driver, crazy fool, he don't worry about nothing

Ball of fire burning heat slammed against the wall
Never calculated this thing happening at all
Twelve excited people saw the ambulance arrive
Everybody knew that he was more dead than alive

Racecar driver crazy fool, he don't worry 'bout nothing
Racecar driver crazy fool, he don't worry 'bout nothing
'Cept crashing o-o-o-ohh
Crashing o-o-o-ohh
Crashing o-o-o-ohh
Crashing o-o-o-ohh
Like the waves

Way out where the water is blue
There's no land to be seen
The sky and the ocean fuse together like
Events inside a dream
When the sun sinks in the water
Stars look down and blink
At the sailors standing on deck
Who smoke cigarettes and think
And sometimes when the waves are mellow, all crashed out
You can hear that lonely dog howling out
Howl out for your master
Howl all night long
And maybe he'll hear you
And carry him home
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     ?1991 Trios Rob Wasserman

Background

In a 2018 interview with Relix, Edie Brickel gave some background to the recording.
Is it true that you had planned to do a fully improvised tour with Jerry Garcia?

Yes, and I was so disappointed that we never got to do it. We improvised a lot during our session with Rob Wasserman [recording “Zillionaire” and “American Popsicle” for 1994’s Trios]. When he discovered that we could do that together, and that I loved improvising, he suggested that we go out on the road just as an all-improv band. I couldn’t wait because the most exciting music you can make is what you come up with when you’re channeling the thoughts and melodies that you’re feeling in the moment. It made me feel completely alive. It still does.

I loved working with Jerry. He was exciting to play with, the energy was completely alive. When people are in the moment and they have that flexibility and freedom in their playing to listen and have that conversation, it’s the most fun you can have with music. It’s a lot more fun than remembering a song and playing it over and over, as privileged a position as it is to be able to play your music for people. Then, he called and asked me if I wanted to do a blue-jeans commercial with him. He flew to New York, we did this goofball improv thing and they made a 501 commercial out of it.

 


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