Thursday, September 24, 2009

Franklin's Tower



An old friend is very sick. He's a Deadhead so I just am putting one of his favourite songs on here.


In another times forgotten space
Your eyes looked from your mothers face
Wallflower seed on the sand and stone
May the four winds blow you safely home.

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew

Ill tell you where the four winds dwell
In franklins tower there hangs a bell
It can ring, turn night to day
It can ring like fire when you loose your way.

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew

God save the child that rings that bell
It may have one good ring, baby, you cant tell
One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused listen to the music play.

(instrumental)

Some come to laugh their past away
Some come to make it just one more day
Whichever way your pleasure tends
If you plant ice youre gonna harvest the wind.

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew

In franklins tower the four winds sleep
Like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep
Wildflower seed on the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again.

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Youd better roll away the dew

Lyricist Robert Hunter's explication of the song lyrics here

3 comments:

X. Dell said...

My best wishes for your friend. I'm at the age now when my friends' illnesses scare me more.

Been catching up, a bit. You subscribe to Ebony? Interesting.

Gardenia said...

I hope your friend can recover! I feel very sad reading the lyrics of the song - - - I wrap my heart around those rather than the explication by Hunter which was very interesting to read . . .

Unless we search, some songs will pass through our generations and most of us will never know the singer's intent...other than our own interpretation.

SeƱor Steve said...

I, too, am sorry to read of your friend's illness. Great taste in music, that good person.

This is a fine live rendition of Franklin's Tower. Too bad there is a limit at youtube. Encountering a shutdown of a good live rendition of Franklin's Tower at 9:03 like this is a bit like coitus interruptus, at least insofar as I can remember what that was like.