Lyrics: John Dawson
Music: John Dawson

Every year along about this time it all goes dry
Nothing round for love or money that'll get you high
Henry got pissed off and said he'd run to Mexico
See if he could come back holdin' twenty keys of gold

Now the road to Acapulco is very hard indeed
And it isn't any better if you haven't any weed
Henry's drivin' hard and straight on twisty mountain roads
Fifty people waitin' back at home for Henry's load

Now he's rolling down the mountain goin' fast, fast, fast
And if he blows it this one's going to be his last
Run to Acapulco to turn the golden keys
Henry keep the brakes on for this corner if you please (note 1)

Henry got to Mexico and he turned his truck around
He's talkin' to the man who has it growin' from the ground
Henry tasted, he got wasted, couldn't even see
How he's going to drive like that is not clear to me


Sunday afternoon, Tijuana is a lovely town
Bullfights bring the tourists and their money flowing down
The border guards are much too busy there at five o'clock
Henry's truckin' right on through, he hardly even stopped

(1) in early versions, John Dawson sings "Henry put your breaks on". And in the last chorus he sings:
Henry put your mind on your driving if you please
Henry put the brakes on for this corner if you please
New Riders Recordings
     Date Album
      1 Aug 1969 Dawn Of The New Riders Of The Purple Sage
      1 Aug 1969 Dawn Of The New Riders Of The Purple Sage (note 2)
      Nov 1969 Before Time Began
      4 Jun 1970 Dawn Of The New Riders Of The Purple Sage
      Jul 1971 Fillmore: The Last Days
      1971 New Riders Of The Purple Sage
     23 Nov 1972 Thanksgiving In New York City
      5 Dec 1972 Boston, MA
     17 Mar 1973 S.U.N.Y Stonybrook, NY
     18 Mar 1973 Felt Forum, NYC
      4 Apr 1973 Worcester, MA
      1974 Home, Home On The Road (note 1)
      1975 Live On Stage
     13 Jun 1975 Armadillo World HQ
     31 Dec 1977 Winterland, San Francisco
      1982 Live (1982)
      1994 Live In Japan
     29/30 Jul 2006 Live At Turkey Trot
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1976 Middle Spunk Creek Boys Middle Spunk Creek Boys
     1997 Funny Songs Reefer Man
     1998 Live At The Oasis Rollin' In The Hay
     2001 All In A Mouse's Night Doormouse
(1) also on the compilation Setlist: The Very Best Of The New Riders Of The Purple Sage Live
(2) seemingly played twice, once as an encore

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


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