We Can Talk

Lyrics: Richard Manuel
Music: Richard Manuel

Played by Phil Lesh & Friends on 31 October 2013 as part of their (and American Jubilee's) cover of The Band's album "Music From Big Pink".

We can talk about it now
It's that same old riddle
Only starting from the middle
I'd fix it but I don't know how
Well, we could try to reason
But you might think it's treason
One voice for all
Echoing across the hall
Don't give up on father clock
We can talk about it now

Come, let me show you how
To keep the wheels turning
You've got to keep the engine churning
Did you ever milk a cow
I had the chance one day
But I was all dressed up for Sunday
Everybody, everywhere
Do you really care
Pick up your heads and walk
We can talk about it now

It seems to me we've been holding something
Underneath our tongues
I'm afraid if you ever got a pat on the back
It would likely burst your lungs
Woh, stop me, if I should sound kind of down in the mouth
But I'd rather be burned in Canada
Than to freeze here in the south

Pulling that eternal plough
We've got to find a sharper blade
Or have a new one made
Rest awhile and cool your brow
Don't need it, no need to slave
The whip is in the grave
No salt, no trance
It's safe now to take a backward glance
The leaves have turned to chalk
We can talk about it now
We can talk about it now
     Date Album Recorded By
     1968 Music From Big Pink The Band


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