Cats Under The Stars

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Played regularly by Jerry Garcia with his solo bands from its introduction in 1977.

Cats on the blacktop
Birdy in the treetop
Someone plays guitar that
sounds like clavinette
I ain't ready yet
to go to bed
Think I'll take a walk
downtown instead

Cats on the bandstand
Give 'em each a big hand
Anyone who sweats that hard
must be all right
No one wants a fight
No black eye
Just another cat beneath
the stars tonight

Cats in the limelight
Feels like it's all right
Everybody wants something
they may not get
I ain't ready yet
It ain't complete
That's why I'm heading down
to Alley Cat Street

A satin blouse unbuttoning
Time's a stripper
Doing it just for you

Knock it in the brass tacks
Cover up you tracks, Jack
You ain't going nowhere till
you can pay your own way back
What else do you lack
to make it right
but cats down under
the stars tonight?
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1978 Cats Under The Stars Jerry Garcia Band (note 1)
     18 Mar 1978 Pure Jerry 6: Warner Theatre Jerry Garcia Band
     22 Mar 1978 Garcia Live Volume 4 Jerry Garcia Band
     31 Oct 1987 Pure Jerry 2: Lunt-Fontanne Jerry Garcia Band
      2 Sep 1989 Pure Jerry 5: Merriweather Post Pavilion Jerry Garcia Band
      5 Sep 1989 Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound Jerry Garcia Band
      7 Aug 1990 How Sweet It Is Jerry Garcia Band
     23 Nov 1991 Garcia Live Volume 8 Jerry Garcia Band
     11 Nov 1993 Garcia Live Volume 11 Jerry Garcia Band
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1999 Gathering On The Mountain, Live Part 2 Melvin Seals
     2001 Pickin' On Jerry Garcia David West et al
     2012 D'Eadphibians D'Amphibiand
(1) also on the compilation The Best Of Jerry Garcia

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For online chords and TAB see
For sheet music, see:
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)


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