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ASHES AND GLASS (Lyrics: Bob Weir, Andre Pessis / Music: Bob Weir) Bob Weir What if all tomorow brings is ashes and glass And I can't tell you child, "this too shall pass" If all the world were windswept, cold and gray (note 1) And in the end there's nothing left to say If all the silicon and best laid plans (note 2) Became the master, and the fall of man If all the earth were baked to hard red clay Not so far from where we are today Ah well anyway Come on darlin', swing and sway Daddy gonna find us a better way And if that better way don't float Daddy gonna find us a tighter boat And if that tighter boat don't sail Grab a bucket babe, and start to bail And if that bucket spring a leak Little miss, we're up the creek What if fire came raining on the hills And mountains made of rusting Coupe De Villes And all God's children find themselves alone (note 3) And all the poets took to throwing stones Guess we're on our own No way out and no way home Come on baby, it's time to sing Daddy gonna grab that old brass ring And if that old brass ring don't fit Daddy gonna get to fixin it And if that old brass ring stays broke Daddy gonna buy you a billy goat And if that billy goat don't bark Gonna give that goat the old kick start Old kick start What if all that was left was ashes and glass And I can't tell you child, "this too shall pass" (note 4) And if those four horsemen can't be turned away And everyone's too paralyzed to pray Too paralyzed to pray And the jury's out on judgement day And there ain't nothing left to say Nothing left to say Come on baby we can fly Daddy's got a stack of alibi's Alibi's shot full of holes Come on child, let's rock and roll And if that roll takes us to France Teach them Froggies how to dance Keep on dancin', sing the tune We'll be dancin' all around the moon And if that big old moon go bust Well ashes to ashes, baby, dust to dust Baby it's time for one last rave Keep on dancin' on our own graves On our own graves Keep on dancing On our own graves Keep on dancing Keep on dancing Notes (1) an earlier version was "And what we had were shades of grey" (2) this verse wasn't included in early versions (3) an earlier version was "And former lovers find themselves alone" (4) earlier versions of this line were "Well it sure seems like a distant past" and "Well it sure seems headed this way fast"

    


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