Blues For Allah

Music By Jerry Garcia, Keith Godchaux, Donna Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir
Words By Robert Hunter

Released September 1975

Arabian wind
The Needle's Eye is thin
The Ships of State sail on mirage
And drown in sand
Out in no man's land
Where Allah does command

What good is spilling blood?
It will not grow a thing
"Taste Eternity", the swords sing
Blues for Allah, Insh'Allah

They lie where they fall
There's nothing more to say
The desert stars are bright tonight
Let's meet as friends
The flower of Islam
The fruit of Abraham

The thousand stories
Have come round to one again
Arabian Night
Our gods pursue their fight
What fatal flowers of darkness
Bloom from seeds of light

Bird of Paradise
Fly in the white sky
Blues for Allah, Insh'Allah

Let's see with our heart
These things our eyes have seen
And know the truth must still
Lie somewhere in between

[Unusual Occurrences In The Desert]

Under eternity
Under eternity
Under eternity blue
Under eternity
Under eternity
Under eternity blue

Bird of Paradise
Fly in white sky
Blues for Allah, Insh'Allah

Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission