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Scarlet Begonias

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As I was walkin' round Grosvenor Square Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air From the other direction she was calling my eye It could be an illusion but I might as well try Might as well try. She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes, And I knew without askin' she wasinto the blues Scarlet begonias tucked into her curls I knew right away she was not like other girls-- other girls In the thick of the evening when the dealing got rough She was too pat to open and too cool to bluff As I picked up my matches and was closing the door I had one of those flashes: I'd been there before-- been there before. [Bridge] I ain't often right but I've never been wrong It seldom turns out the way it does in the song Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right Well there ain't nothin' wrong with the way she moves Or scarlet begonias or a touch of the blues And there's nothing wrong with the love that's in her eye I had to learn the hard way to let her pass by-- let her pass by The wind in the willows played Tea for Two The sky was yellow and the sun was blue Strangers stopped strangers just to shake their hand Everybody's playing in the Heart of Gold Band Heart of Gold Band

This song has been played live 1 time/s.

History of the song:
"Scarlet Begonias" is a song by the Grateful Dead in polyrhytmic time. The drums play in 6/4 time and the other instruments play in 4/4. The lyrics were written by Robert Hunter and the music by Jerry Garcia.[1] The song first appears on the 1974 release Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel. The song begins in Grosvenor Square in London and also references "Tea for Two" from No, No, Nanette by Irving Caesar and Vincent Youmans. The line "Everybody's playing in the Heart of Gold Band", was used by Keith and Donna Godchaux to name their new group "Heart of Gold Band" when they left the Grateful Dead in 1980. The live debut of "Scarlet Begonias" came on March 23, 1974 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.[1] When Fire on the Mountain was released in 1978, "Scarlet Begonias" would often be paired with "Fire on the Mountain" when played live. This resulted in what would be nicknamed "Scarlet>Fire"

This is a cover song and has been played on these occasions:
The Grateful Dead 1974 Mars Hotel

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This songs hasn't been performed as a part of 'Assembly of Mud'.

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This song was a segue on these occasions:
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