I've always wanted to filk a Grateful Dead song here, even though the percentage of fans who will recognize the tunes is likely to be slim. The trouble was adapting the material to the songs, which I found a bit challenging. A couple of recent threads that have appeared here and in Central provided some inspiration. I hope no one becomes too cross with my take on things, though I probably won't mind very much if they do.

Touch of Flame
(to "Touch of Grey", by The Grateful Dead)

Forum's getting squirrely,
Can't believe we're here again,
Rantin' on this bogus topic
But it's alright.

Set you down and type a bit,
Don't give any thought to it,
Have yourself a tizzy-fit
'Cause it's alright.

I will abide,
I will abide,
I will abide,
Enjoy the ride.

Open up your big mouth,
I know you want to speak out,
None of us have any doubts
But it's alright.

Sorry that you feel that way,
The only thing there is to say
Is there's no pleasin' everyone,
Anyway.

It's a lesson I know,
That people must elaborate a show
Of speakin' free,
With honesty,
When what they love most is to poke.

I know the story's too complex
For your little mind to get,
You want the jokes that you expect,
But it's alright.

The genie's gone and busted free
Out of the lamp entirely,
And can't be put back in you see,
And that's alright.

I will abide,
I will abide,
I will abide,
Enjoy the ride.

It's a lesson I've learned
That people who have reached a place they've earned
Must, with the cheers,
Endure the sneers
Of those who let their envy burn.

The bird is in the burning bush,
It just needs to get a push,
To launch it's little feathered tush
Into the air.

Oh well a touch of flame
Kinda suits you anyway,
That was all I had to say
And it's alright.

I will abide,
I will abide,
I will abide,
Enjoy the ride.

We will abide,
We will abide,
We will abide,
Enjoy the ride.

(apologies to Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia)
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Touch Of Grey
The Grateful Dead


It must be getting early
Clocks are running late
Paint by numbers morning sky
Looks so phony

Dawn is breaking everywhere
Light a candle, curse the glare
Draw the curtains, I don't care
'Cause it's alright

I will get by
I will get by
I will get by
I will survive

I see you got your list out
Say your piece and get out
Yes I got the gist of it
But it's alright

Sorry that you feel that way
The only thing there is to say
Every silver lining's got a
Touch of grey

It's a lesson to me
The Ables and the Bakers and the C's
The A B C's
We all must face
And try to keep a little grace

I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
But it's alright

Cows are giving kerosene
The kid can't read at seventeen
The words he knows are all obscene
But it's alright

I will get by
I will get by
I will get by
I will survive

It's a lesson to me
The Deltas and the East and the Freeze
The A B C's
We all think of
And try to keep a little love

The shoe is on the hand it fits
There's really nothing much to it
Whistle through your teeth and spit
'Cause it's alright

Oh well a touch of grey
Kind of suits you anyway
That was all I had to say
And it's alright

I will get by
I will get by
I will get by
I will survive

We will get by
We will get by
We will get by
We will survive

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