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Alligator
Composer: Ron McKernan / Phil Lesh / Robert Hunter

Alligator was the first song released by the Grateful Dead to include lyrics by Robert Hunter. He spoke about sending them the lyrics in an interview:
I moved out to New Mexico to be an artist about the time the Dead really started. I wrote Alligator and China Cat Sunflower, and I knew they had a rock 'n' roll band so I mailed them up.
The notes for the song in Box Of Rain: Lyrics 1965-1993 include;
Pigpen added lyrics of his own to Alligator and I've presented it here with his turns of phrase intact.
Alligator was probably first performed by the Grateful Dead in January 1967. It was then played fairly regularly through to the early months of 1970. After the Spring of 1970 the song was performed a couple of times in the Summer of 1970, once in the Fall of that year and, for the final time, in April 1971.


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info Anthem Of The Sun, 1968
info The Sound of Today and Tomorrow, Various Artists, 1969
info The Grateful Dead / Anthem Of The Sun, 1976?
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 4, 1996
info Best Of The Grateful Dead Hour, 2000
info Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead, 2000
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 22, 2001
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info Anthem Of The Sun, 2003 expanded CD (inc an extra version)
info Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, 2005
info Fillmore West 1969: Compilation, 2005
info Two From The Vault, 2006 (expanded edition)
info Road Trips: Vol 2, No 2: Feb 14, 1968, Carousel Ballroom, 2009
info Road Trips: Vol 4, No 1: Big Rock Pow Wow 69, 2010
info Dave's Picks Vol 10: Los Angeles, 12/12/69, 2014

 
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info Dead '09: Worcester, MA April 19, 2009
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