Grateful Dead, Keith Godchaux Jack Straw cover

Jack Straw
by & Keith Godchaux
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Song Meaning
Verse 1
We can share the women
We can share the wine
We can share what we got of yours
'Cause we done shared all of mine
Verse 2
Keep a rolling
Just a mile to go
Keep on rolling, my old buddy
You're moving much too slow
Verse 3
I just jumped the watchman
Right outside the fence
Took his ring, four bucks in change
Now ain't that heaven sent?
Verse 4
Hurts my ears to listen, Shannon
Burns my eyes to see
Cut down a man in cold blood, Shannon
Might as well be me
Verse 5
We used to play for silver
Now we play for life
One's for sport and one's for blood
At the point of a knife
Now the die is shaken
Now the die must fall
There ain't a winner in this game
Who don't go home with all
Not with all
Verse 6
Leaving Texas
Fourth day of July
Sun so hot, clouds so low
The eagles filled the sky
Verse 7
Catch the Detroit Lightning
Out of Santa Fe
Great Northern out of Cheyenne
From sea to shining sea
Verse 8
Gotta get to Tulsa
First train we can ride
Got to settle one old score
And one small point of pride
Verse 9
Ain't no place a man can hide, Shannon
Keep him from the sun
Ain't no bed will give us rest, man,
You keep us on the run
Verse 10
Jack Straw from Wichita
Cut his buddy down
Dug for him a shallow grave
And laid his body down
Verse 11
Half a mile from Tucson
By the morning light
One man gone and another to go
My old buddy you're moving much too slow
Verse 12
We can share the women
We can share the wine

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