Lady Di And I

Lyrics: Joan Baez
Music: Joan Baez

Played by Joan Baez with the Grateful Dead on 12 December 1981. She also played it as part of a solo acoustic set between the Dead's sets on 30 December 1981.

Wake me with kisses in the afternoon
The butler knows any time you arrive is never too soon
He knows just where you are by the sound of your car
He'll be waiting there by the spiral stair

You could drive me crazy with your unkempt hair (note 1)
You don't know what a comb is and frankly I don't really care
'Cause you're fresh and you're wild
And you make the butler smile
By bringing me flowers like meteor showers
Treating me like a Queen though I'm only nineteen
Which reminds me of something that I've recently seen
It was a look in the eye of Lady Di

As she stood on the balcony
Knowing the last fantasy of the century
Was in her long white veil
Maybe she'd rather have you than the Prince of Wales
And all the jewels in the crown
And all the villages and towns
That line the sea of the Monarchy

And while I cut the roses, what about Lady Di?
She's a child of the eighties just like you and like I
Think of all the things that she'll never do
See a rock 'n' roll show, get a heart-shaped tattoo
Wear a t-shirt around in the middle of town (note 2)
Take a Harley ride as the sun goes down (note 2)

Look at all the music that I make with you
Let's take a walk on the wild side, baby I'm in love with you
I'll leave my Dior in the cabinet door
And I'll leave my bouquet on the breakfast tray
My parents are out, let's head north of the Bay (note 2)
Maybe go for a sail just like the Prince of Wales

And does he ever love her in the afternoon?
Was the kiss that she gave him in public oh just a little too soon?
And it's really a shame she'll take half of the blame (note 2)
For the boys in the Maze and their numbered days (note 2) (note 3)
There's a tear in the eye of Lady Di (note 4)

As she looks from the balcony
Knowing the last fantasy of the century
Is probably a lie
My heart goes out to you Princess, lovely Lady Di
'Cause for all that it seems, here I stand in my jeans
Oh whatever it means it is I who am Queen

(1) it sounds to me as if Joan Baez sings "unkept hair", but the lyrics on her web-site have "unkempt"
(2) Joan Baez sang these lines with the Dead but not in the version on her album "Live Europe '83"
(3) I normally leave annotations to David Dodd, but for those unfamiliar with Northern Ireland, "The Maze" is the prison where 'political' prisoners are held (and it was the scene of IRA hunger-strikes)
(4) with the Dead, Joan Baez sang "There's a look in the eye of Lady Di, as she stands on the balcony" - though this may have been a mistake

     Date Album Recorded By
     1983 Live In Europe '83 Joan Baez

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


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