This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Thought I Heard a Blackbird Sing

Jerry Garcia died on this day 25 years ago at the young age of 53.  Here is a good story discussing Jerry's last concert and his final days truckin' around here on Mother Earth click here.

This would be the Dead's last concert with Jerry on stage and was at Soldier Field in Chicago on 9 July 1995 exactly one month before he died.  He played the following tune and you can see him very tired and very worn down as he sang the mournful lyrics about moving on down the road.  It's almost like he knew something bad was coming.  Those blackbirds are never good omens.

Thought I heard a blackbird singing 
Up on Bluebird Hill 
Call me a whinin' boy if you will 
Born where the sun don't shine 
And I don't deny my name 
Got no place to go, ain't that a shame? 

Thought I heard that KC whistle 
Moaning sweet and low 
Thought I heard that KC when she blow 
Down where the sun don't shine 
Underneath the Kokomo 
Whinin' boy got no place to go 

So many roads, I tell you 
So many roads I know 
So many roads, so many roads 
Mountain high, river wide 
So many roads to ride 
So many roads, so many roads 

Thought I heard a jug band playin' 
If you don't who else will? 
From over on the far side of the hill 
All I know the sun don't shine 
And the rain refused to fall 
And you don't seem to hear me when I call 
Wind inside and the wind outside 
Tangled in the window blind
Tell me why you treat me so unkind
Down where the sun don't shine
Lonely and I call your name
No place left to go, ain't that a shame?

P.S. As I thought about doing this post it occurred to me that I had previously said something about Jerry passing on this day. Sure enough when I hit that trusty Search button, I landed on the following post that I did on this very day 10 years ago (click here.)  What can I say?  So many blog posts I tell you.  What's a whinin' boy to do?

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