Black Cat

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

This was the first Hunter/Garcia composition, written in 1961 when they played together at Kepler's Bookstore (from Dennis McNally's book "A Long Strange Trip", p32). In 1990 he recorded an interview where Robert Hunter played it. Hunter said "There would have been more verses that that, but I'm lucky to remember that" (*).

Tell you a story about my old man's cat
A cat who's hide was uncommonly black
Fame and fortune and good luck hath
The man who would cross the black cat's path

My old man's cat went out one night
The moon and stars were shining bright
Crossed the path upon his way
Of the man who's President today
(*) thanks to Cory Daniels

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography


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