After Midnight

Lyrics: J J Cale
Music: J J Cale

Played by Jerry Garcia with a variety of bands in the 1970s and early 1980s (and by The Dead in 2004 and by Furthur in 2009). The lyrics below are from the version on "Don't Let Go":

After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
We're gonna cause talk and suspicion
Give an exhibition
Find out what it is all about (what it is all about)
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down

After midnight, we're gonna shake your tambourine
After midnight, it's gonna be peaches and cream
We're gonna cause talk and suspicion
Give an exhibition
Find out what it is all about (what it is all about)
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down

After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
We're gonna cause talk and suspicion
Give an exhibition
Find out what it is all about (what it is all about)
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down

After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
We're gonna cause talk and suspicion
Give an exhibition
Find out what it is all about (what it is all about)
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down

After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down
Jerry sang a much-truncated version with Merle Saunders on "Fire Up".
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang out
After midnight, we're gonna sing, jump and shout
We're gonna cause talk and suspicion
Give an exhibition
Find out what it is all about
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang out
In the recordings I've heard, Jerry doesn't sing the variant:
We're gonna stimulate some action
We're gonna get some satisfaction
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1973 Fire Up Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia (note 1)
     21 May 1976 Don't Let Go Jerry Garcia Band
     28 Feb 1980 After Midnight Jerry Garcia Band

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Notes
(1) subsequently re-released on Fire Up Plus. Also on the compilation Well Matched: The Best Of Jerry Garcia And Merl Saunders

Both the J J Cale and Eric Clapton versions are readily available on a number of CDs.


Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For sheet music, see:
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)

 


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