Alligator
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Lyrics: Robert Hunter, Ron McKernan (Pigpen)
Music: Phil Lesh, Ron McKernan (Pigpen)
Perf. 1967


    Sleepy alligator in the noonday sun
    Lying by the river just like he usually done
    Call for his whiskey, he can call for his tea (note 1)
    Call all he wants to but he can't call me
    Oh no, I've been there before
    And I ain't coming back around there no more

    Creepy alligator coming all around the bend
    Shouting 'bout the time when we was mutual friends
    I checked my memory and I checked it quick, yes I will
    I checked it running some old kind of trick
    Oh no, I've been there before
    And I ain't coming back around there no more

    Hung up waiting for a windy day (note 2)
    Hung up waiting for a windy day
    Burn down the Fillmore, gas the Avalon

    Sailing down the river in an old canoe (note 3)
    A bunch of bugs and an old tennis shoe
    Out of the river all ugly and green
    Came the biggest old alligator that I've ever seen
    Teeth big and pointed and his eyes were bugging out
    Contacted the union, put the beggars to rout
    Screaming and yelling, he was picking his chops
    He never runs, he just stumbles and hops
    Just out of prison on six dollar's bail
    Mumbling at bitches and a-wagging his tail

    Alligator running round my door
    Alligator running round my door
    Alligator running round my door
    Alligator running round my door

    Alligator creeping round the corner of my cabin door (note 1)
    He's coming round to bother me some more


Notes: 
(1) on 14 Feb 1970 (DP4) and perhaps on other occasions, Pigpen sang
    "Call for his coffee, he can call for his tea" (thanks to Dan 
    Franzen for pointing this out)
(2) these lyrics by the Grateful Dead
(3) these lyrics by Pigpen
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