Alabama Getaway
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia
Reprinted with permissions: Ice Nine Publishing


Twenty two teeth in a jaw-bone
Alabama trying for none
Before I have to hit him
I hope he's got the sense to run

Reason the poor girls love him
Promise them everything
Why they all believe him?
He wears a big diamond ring

Alabama getaway, get away
Alabama getaway, get away
Only way to please me
Turn around and leave and walk away

Major Domo Billy Bojangles
Sit down and have a drink with me
What's this about Alabama?
It keeps a-coming back to me

I heard your plea in the court house
Witness box began to rock and rise
Forty nine sister states
All had Alabama in their eyes

Alabama getaway, get away
Alabama getaway, get away
Only way to please me
Turn around and leave and walk away

Major said why don't we give him
Rope enough to hang himself?

Ain't no need to worry the jury
His kind take care of themselves

Twenty third psalm Major Domo
Reserve me a table for three
In the valley of the shadow
Just you and Alabama and me

Alabama getaway, get away
Alabama getaway, get away
Only way to please me
Turn around and leave and walk away
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First performance: November 4, 1979, at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island. "Alabama Getaway" opened the second set.
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Recordings - Go To Heaven - 1980
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Bob Dylan covers the song extensively.

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