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grateful dead – st. stephen (live at fillmore east nyc april 1971) lyrics

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[verse 1]
saint stephen with a rose
in and out of the garden he goes
country garland in the wind and the rain
wherever he goes, the people all complain

[verse 2]
stephen prospered in his time
well he may and he may decline
did it matter? does it now?
stephen would answer if he only knew how

[verse 3]
wishing well with a golden bell
bucket hanging clear to hell
hell halfway ‘twixt now and then
stephen fill it up and lower down
and lower down again

[bridge]
ladyfinger dipped in moonlight
writing “what for?” across the morning sky
sunlight splatters dawn with answers
darkness shrugs and bids the day goodbye
speeding arrow, sharp and narrow
what a lot of fleeting matters you have spurned
several seasons with their treasons
wrap the babe in scarlet covers, call it your own

[verse 4]
did he doubt or did he try?
answers aplenty in the bye and bye
talk about your plenty, talk about your ills
one man gathers what another man spills

[instrumental break]

[verse 5]
saint stephen will remain
all he’s lost he shall regain
seashore washed by the suds and foam
been here so long he’s got to calling it home

[outro]
fortune comes a-crawling, calliope woman
spinning that curious sense of your own
can you answer? yes i can
but what would be the answer to the answer man?