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China Cat Sunflower
Composer: Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter

China Cat Sunflower was one of the first two lyrics provided by Robert Hunter for the Dead. He spoke about sending the lyrics to the group in an interview:
I moved out to New Mexico to be an artist about the time the Dead really started. I wrote Alligator and China Cat Sunflower, and I knew they had a rock 'n' roll band so I mailed them up.
In an interview, with Blair Jackson, Hunter commented on the writing of the song;
I wrote it in different settings and added this and that to it. It was originally inspired by Dame Edith Sitwell, who had a way with words. I liked the idea of quick, clicky assonance and alliteration like 'See me dance the polka, said My Wag, like a bear, with my top hat and my whiskers, that tra-la-la trapped affair.' I just liked the way she put things together. I'd have to admit that - before you could trace it back.
In his book of lyrics, Box Of Rain Hunter's comment for China Cat Sunflower is;
Nobody ever asked me the meaning of this song. People seem to know exactly what I'm talking about. It's good that a few things in this world are clear to all of us.
China Cat Sunflower was first performed by the Grateful Dead in January 1968. From then on it was played regularly through to October 1974. After the group hiatus in 1975 China Cat did not return to the repertoire until December 1977 for a single outing. It then disappeared again until February 1979 when it returned to a regular position in the repertoire. The final Grateful Dead performance of the song was in July 1995. From October 1969 onward China Cat Sunflower was nearly always performed in tandem with I Know You Rider.


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Other Dead related

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Other recordings

info Swingin' To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 1999
info Spirit Trail, Bruce Hornsby, 1998
info All Hat, No Cattle, Joe Goldmark , 1999
info Tribute To Jerry Garcia, John McEuen and Phil Salazar, 1999
info Wake the Dead, Wake The Dead, 2000
info Pickin' On The Grateful Dead, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 2000
info Live At Twenty North, Jake's Leg, 2001
info Long Strange Trip: Swingin' and Pickin' on the Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2001
info Great Sky River, Jazz Is Dead, 2001
info The 1000th Show, Dark Star Orchestra, 2005
info One More Ride, Great Caesar's Ghost, 2006
info On The Road: July 1, 2006, Morrison, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: Travelogue Summer 2006, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info Twisted Love Songs, David Gans, 2007
info Dr. Midnight: Live at the Green Mill, Sabertooth, 2007
info 30 Years, Jake's Leg, 2008
info Better Off Dead, Great Caesar's Ghost, 2009
info Sat 730, Deadwood Revival, 2009
info What's Done Is Done, Great Caesar's Ghost, 2011
info D'Eadphibians, D'Amphibians, 2012

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