There Is Something On Your Mind

Lyrics: Big Jay McNeely/Turner "Rocky" Wilson
Music: Big Jay McNeely/Turner "Rocky" Wilson

Sung by Pigpen with the Grateful Dead in 1966.

There is something on your mind
By the way you look at me
There is something on your mind, pretty baby
By the way you look at me
Can what you're thinking bring hapiness
Or will it bring misery

No, no, please don't try to tell me
'Cause I may not understand
No, no, you don't have to tell me, pretty baby
'Cause I may not understand
You want me to try and forget you
But I'll do the best I can

You know it's so hard to love someone when they don't love you
And it puts a heavy burden on your heart to know
That the one that they love is your very best friend
And you know when this situation come around
There's only one thing left for you to do
Pack your clothes and walk slowly out the door
Hang your head, look over your left shoulder, and say

If you ever think about me
If I ever cross your mind
Yeah, yeah, if you ever think about me, pretty baby
If I ever cross your mind
Well you know, you know I'm yours
And I know, I know you're mine

And when you can't stand it no more
You go down town to the pawn shop and buy yourself a pistol
And then you make it back to the scene
Where your lover and your best friend are now together
Well you bust down the door and you shoot him
And just about as you're about to shoot her
You realise that if you shoot her
All your love your long life-time will be gone forever
And just about as you've made up your mind to forgive her
In come another of your best friends through the door
And this really makes you blow your top
So you go ahead and shoot her
And then you realise what you've done and you say
"Darling, please forgive me, I'm sorry"
And with her last dying breath she looks up at you and says

Do, do, do, do, do, whoa, yeah
Do, do, do, do, do, whoa, yeah

"There Is Something On Your Mind" was recorded and popularised by Big Jay McNeely (with Little Sonny Warner on vocals). McNeely normally gets the composer credits, but apparently the song was written by Turner "Rocky" Wilson of The Sharps, who sold the rights to McNeely (and later regretted doing so when it was a hit).

The Big Jay McNeely version is essentialy the same as the verses Pigpen sings, except that Warner sings "I think I understand" in the second verse.

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


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