Paperback Writer

Lyrics: Lennon, McCartney
Music: Lennon, McCartney

The Dead considered playing this during a soundcheck this on 26 March 1995. After a few renditions of "Paperback writer", the conversation goes:

Jerry: yeah, let's work that out right now
Vince?: it's all up there in my mind, I just don't know if I can get it out of my mouth
Bob: (sings):
Dear Sir or Madam, would you read my book?
It took me years to write, would you take a look?
Based on a novel ... ah shit
Phil: yeah right
Vince?: (sings)
Need a job 'cause I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer
Phil: OK, OK, some other time
Someone: OK a simpler Beatles song
Someone: "Please Please Me"?
Garcia or Weir starts the chords to "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
The full lyrics are:
Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
Based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

It's the dirty story of a dirty man
And his clinging wife doesn't understand
His son is working for the Daily Mail
it's a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

Paperback writer

It's a thousand pages, give or take a few
I'll be writing more in a week or two
I can make it longer if you like the style
I can change it round and I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

If you really like it you can have the rights
It could make a million for you overnight
If you must return it, you can send it here
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

Paperback writer

Paperback writer - paperback writer
Paperback writer - paperback writer




Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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