Grateful Dead - Scarlet Begonias Lyrics

Grateful Dead From the Mars Hotel cover art
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As I was walkin' down Grosvenor Square,
Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air,
From the other direction she was calling my eye,
Could be an illusion but I might as well try, might as well try.

She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes,
And I knew without askin' she was into the blues.
She wore scarlet begonias tucked into her curls,
I knew right away she was not like other girls, other girls.

In the heat of the evening when the dealin' got rough,
She was too pat to open and too cool to bluff.
As I picked up my matches and was closin' the door,
I had one of those flashes, I'd been there before, been there before.

Well I ain't often right but I've never been wrong,
Seldom turns out the way it does in the song.
Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right.

Well there ain't nothin' wrong with the way she moves,
All scarlet begonias or a touch of the blues.
And there's nothing wrong with the look that's in her eyes
I had to learn the hard way to let her pass by, let her pass by.

The wind in the willow's playing "Tea for Two,"
The sky was yellow and the sun was blue,
Strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand,
Everybody's playing in the heart of gold band, heart of gold band.
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 U.S. Blues
  • 2 China Doll
  • 3 Unbroken Chain
  • 4 Loose Lucy
  • 5 Scarlet Begonias
  • 6 Pride of Cucamonga
  • 7 Money Money
  • 8 Ship of Fools


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
    album: Track 5 in album From the Mars Hotel
    release date: 1974-6-27
    popularity : 199 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Folk Rock/Country Rock/Psychedelic Rock
    length: 4:20
    composer: Jerry Garcia
    lyricist: Robert Hunter
    Album Information
    label: Grateful Dead Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin