#33574  by Tennessee Jedi
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:02 am
Hey Prince
I'm curious as to why you think its a love song.
Its all about imagery for me,like someones acid trip remembrance.
Happy Holidays!

 #33581  by tigerstrat
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:08 pm
love song
My chemical romance? :D

 #33586  by krzykat
 Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:49 pm
Tennessee Jedi wrote:Hey Prince
I'm curious as to why you think its a love song.
Its all about imagery for me,like someones acid trip remembrance.
Happy Holidays!
some things are just universal!!
 #47873  by 2ndgendeadhead
 Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:41 am
in the annotated lyrics book hunter says that he was in a kind of 'supersensitive' state and he had a cat on his lap, and the cat took him out to neptune and on the rings and dancing on rainbows and going to all kinds of cat places...yeah...not sure about it being a love song, but it is certainly one of the most interesting and melodic and musically complex, as i know there are arguments over the 'correct' way to play bobby's part. and the different songs they use to go in and out of this song is great. its like chinacat gets you going and rider gets you dancing. or dark star gets you rolling and chinacat gets you dancing! its a magical song

 #47899  by Rev_Roach
 Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:27 pm
speaking of cats and tripping, i once read something from Andrew Weil claiming that he used to have cat allergies and overcame them by playing with a cat while trippin. pretty cool stuff

 #47923  by heavynylon
 Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:49 am
This is an interesting thread; I'm glad y'all resurrected it. Musically, China Cat is one of my favorite Dead tunes, though I have no idea what the words mean. Tripping with a cat on your lap makes as much sense as anything.

But the larger question is: Do you really care what the words mean? I mean, sure, there are some songs, like Ripple, where the words are prominant and lead to some interesting interpretations. But for many songs, it's about the music and the vocals are just another instrument in the mix. As long as they harmonize with the other lines of music, folks singing along are not really paying attention to the meaning. And China Cat is a prime example.

 #47927  by pappypgh
 Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:50 am
I sure don't care what they mean in THIS song. They are well-chosen words, as they flow very well with the music, but rather "nonsensical" if you try to analyze their meaning.

I DO care about a bunch of OTHER songs' lyrics, as I am very much impressed when a song comes together so completely, with genius music AND lyrics that not only roll of the tongue, but have wonderful meaning, or tell a great story. "Terrapin Station" is a prime example. I love the lyrics to "Music Never Stopped", as well. My favorite is probably "Dupree's Diamond Blues."

 #47931  by Tennessee Jedi
 Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:11 am
The words paint a cool picture - I dont think there is any great meaning to them.
My favorite is probably "Dupree's Diamond Blues."
I like how you do that one.With the Mutron/octave intro.Very 80's.

 #47933  by pappypgh
 Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:24 am
Thanks Jedi -
It's my favorite Jerry tune (tied with Doin' That Rag). :cool:


 #47936  by old man down
 Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:37 am
Well, we could pull it apart just for the fun of it, like playing the game "Telephone," where someone whispers something in your ear and you repeat what you thought they whispered to the next person, and so on, and so on. But in this case it would just be build on what the last person said.

For example,

Man, the words "China Cat Sunflower" sure look like they could be a "proud-walking" kinda jingle for some sort of TV commercial, like for getaway "trips" to see total eclipses of the sun, like, man. :D

 #47949  by confusions_prince
 Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:55 am
Hey krzykat, sorry I didn't get back sooner. I've been missing from the forums for about a year now and didn't know you wrote back... Actually stumbled on this by accident, forgotten I'd started the thread. I'm glad I cleared it up for myself with a second post. Right before I posted, I found a tape on Archive where the boys are being interviewed and Brent calls every song on the album a love song. I like to call any song a love song now, even with the point of reference gone.