From: Alex Allan [mailto:email@example.com]Recorded on
Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2003 5:29 PM
Subject: Re: One More Saturday Night/U.S.Blues
I just came across the following passage in Dennis McNally's book:"[Weir and Hunter] clashed again over "One More Saturday Night." Having gotten Hunter's lyrics, Weir rewrote them--badly in Hunter's opinion--and then asked to call the resulting song "U.S.Blues," which Hunter refused to permit. In the end, he declined any association with the song and it was credited to Weir alone." [p393]This throws as interesting light on the line:
"You can call **this** song the United States Blues"!
Covered by the David Murray Octet on Dark Star
First performance: Tuesday, October 19, 1971 at Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Saturday Night" appeared in the penultimate spot in the first set, following "Playing in the Band" and preceding "Casey Jones". Other firsts in the show, which was Keith Godchaux's first with the band, included "Tennessee Jed," "Mexicali Blues", "Jack Straw," "Comes a Time," and "Ramble On Rose." The song remained in the repertoire from then on. Although it was usually played on Saturday nights, this was not always the case.
Bruce Springsteen covered the song on at least one of his tours.