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Today, I chose #1 from my Thursday Thirteen for this week’s song selection.

I love The Grateful Dead’s music, their lyrics have always been inspiring and eye opening to me. Their songs were the first that made me want to interpret the meaning behind the words.

Scarlet Begonia’s is one of my favorite songs and reminds me of myself as a young girl, carefree and loving life.

My interpretation- A stranger sees a girl that is probably out of his league, nevertheless, he is willing to get hurt. It is better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all. (I also love the line-the sky was yellow and the sun was blue, it’s fun)

Is your interpretation different from mine? Leave a comment

Scarlet Begonias-lyrics 

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 was into the blues.
She wore 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 Id been there before, been there before.

Well, I aint always right but Ive never been wrong.
Seldom turns out the way it does in a song.
Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right.

Well there aint nothing wrong with the way she moves,
Scarlet begonias or a touch of the blues.
And theres nothing wrong with the look thats in her eyes,

Wind in the willows playin tea for two;
The sky was yellow and the sun was blue,
Strangers stoppin strangers just to shake their hand,
Everybodys playing in the heart of gold band, heart of gold band.

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