Easy To Love You

Lyrics: John Barlow
Music: Brent Mydland

Sung by Brent Mydland with the Grateful Dead in 1979-80 and then revived in 1990. These are the lyrics on "Go To Heaven":

Good, good morning, so good to see you
You weren't just a dream of mine
Real as a raven, real as thunder
Real as the sun shining
But still so very hard to find
I can't imagine what's behind those sleepy eyes

Little stranger, don't try to hide now
You look so young and you're afraid
There is no danger but from the devil
And he may want you but I'm in his way
You don't know how easy it is
You don't know how easy it is to love you

And come the moonrise, when the dew falls
Don't be the sun that fades away
Don't leave me darkness, she is no lover
She hides the day
You don't know how easy it is
You don't know how easy it is to love you
The original lyrics were somewhat different:
Good, good morning, so good to see you
You weren't just a dream of mine
Real as a raven, as a bluebird (note 1)
Real as the sun shining
Love to keep you through the day
Seems somehow you made your way into my heart


Warming woman, I feel so cold
Standing out in the rain
Couldn't see it in myself, love
All the same

You don't know how easy it is
You don't know how easy it is to love you

Free by evening, stand beside me
When the sunlight
fades away
Don't leave me darkness, she is no lover
She hides the day
You don't know how easy it is
You don't know how easy it is to love you

You don't know how easy it is
You don't know how easy it is to love you
Notes
(1) according to Ihor Slabicky, this line changed at the urging of Clive Davis, President of Arista Records, to remove the "bluebird" reference and make the song more 'Grateful Dead sounding'

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
      5 Nov 1979 Road Trips Full Show: Spectrum 11/5/79
      6 Nov 1979 Road Trips Full Show: Spectrum 11/6/79
     studio 1980 Go To Heaven
      3 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
      6 Jul 1990 Backstage Pass (video only)
     15 Mar 1990 Terrapin Station (Limited Edition)
     22 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (note 2)
     28 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
      2 Apr 1990 Spring 1990

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

Notes
(2) also on the compilation So Glad You Made It


Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 2 (piano arrangement)

 


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