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 #15190  by confusions_prince
 Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:26 am
Well... is it a love song?

I have no doubt that it is. It's kind of a funny love song...

 #15191  by IamDocWatson
 Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:15 am
ive always looked at it as free form poetry with no real exact meaning as a whole...each line probably means something different to hunter. what it means to you is well... what it means i guess

 #15196  by confusions_prince
 Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:10 pm
Humor at the expense of Brent. :-)

 #15202  by bodiddley
 Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:21 pm
Regarding "Chinacat", Hunter wrote in his Book "Box of Rain' something like "In all my years nobody ever approached me to the meaning of this song, It's good to know some things are universally understood". Don't question it, just go with it.

 #15218  by BlobWeird
 Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:54 am
Yeah Ive never really tried to analyze this song's meaning. I always just took it how the guy above me did. Free form Hippie-esque poetry. Damn good poetry too if i say so myself

 #33434  by SailorSaint
 Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:00 pm
Add another vote for poetry---and what a poem it is.

I keep going in circles when looking at the lyrics--

Comic book colors on a violin river
crying Leonardo words
from out a silk trombone

Hunter certainly has a way with words.

 #33450  by smile_smile_smile
 Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:18 pm
yeah cool poem even if there was no music with it. i personally like the line

A leaf of all colors plays a golden-string fiddle,
To a double-E waterfall over my back.
(sometimes i hear.. over my mind, lol)

just prefect little line.

anyway I'd enjoy it if you explained your thought about it being a love song confusions_prince

 #33501  by High Peaks
 Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:16 pm
I think it was one of the first lyrics he wrote for Jerry. Taking that time frame into account it kind of sounds like Beat poetry on acid instead of benzedrine!

 #33540  by wisedyes
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 8:15 am
I seem to remember an interview with Hunter where he said something about having an afternoon with his cat laying on his chest, and the cat taking him " out to Jupiter and beyond", or something along those lines. And the lyrics are a reflection of the journey.

Really, you shouldn't do acid with your cat.....

 #33542  by bucketorain
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 8:26 am
this song basically is a play on words to move your mind

like most of Hunters stuff it is meant to make you think about a piece of fine art.

have you ever really looked at a jackson pollock? pretty basic stuff but it will mean something different to everyone.

Hunter has accomplished his goal with this song, and lets the listens be the judge of what it means..

no wrong, no right.

 #33565  by GratefulPat
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:28 am
this song is great, i hate to play it though because i cant get the words down, always a mumble in there.. just too much going on to remember

 #33566  by GratefulPat
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:29 am
this song is great, great imagery overall, if only i could remember the words when i play it

 #33567  by GratefulPat
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:30 am
woah dont know why that happened, i didnt press submit on that first one???sorryyy

 #33568  by Trystine
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:36 am
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 #33570  by Trystine
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:39 am
I always enjoyed the fact that one of the Dead's smoothest rolling, easy on the ears tunes does not rhyme.
Another one that sounds so naturally melodic that you don't question is Ripple. Jerry really finds the true rythym for the words. If somebody handed me the China Cat lyrics and told me to make it a song I wouldn't have known what to do. I certainly wouldn't sing it around the house

Might be a little off subject, but I figured, ya know, since we're on the subject...