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The Annotated "Blow Away"

An installment in The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics.
By David Dodd

"Blow Away"
Words and music by Brent Mydland and John Perry Barlow
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission
A man and a woman come together as strangers
When they part they're usually strangers still
It's like a practical joke played on us by our Maker
Empty bottles that can't be filled

Baby who's to say it could have been different now that it's done
Baby who's to say that it should have been, anyway
Baby who's to say that it even matters in the long run
Give it just a minute
And it will blow away
It'll blow away

You fancy me to be the master of your feelings
You barely bruise me with your looks to kill
Though I admit we were sometimes brutal in our dealings
I never held you against your will


Your case against me is so very clearly stated
I plead no contest, I just turn and shrug
I've come to figure all importance overestimated
You must mean water when you beg for blood (note 1)


Like a feather in a whirlwind
Blow away
Just as sure as the world spins
Blow away

"Blow Away"

Recorded on

First performance:

Keywords: @love
DeadBase code: [BLOW]
First posted: February 20, 2003
Last revised: December 10, 2003