|Song by Jefferson Airplane from the album Crown of Creation|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, acid rock, folk rock|
|Crown of Creation track listing|
The song's lyrics tell of a man named Lather, who has just turned 30 years old and is coming to the realization that he is expected to act and dress in a manner that society deems stereotypically appropriate for the adult age group. The song was written for Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden's 30th birthday. The composer, Grace Slick, was actually poking fun at Dryden, her lover at the time, because he was the first person in the band to reach the milestone age of thirty - considered to be a "boring" age by contemporaries, as a person had grown up and could no longer have fun. The lines
- "But Lather still finds it a nice thing to do,
To lie about nude in the sand,
Drawing pictures of mountains that look like bumps,
And thrashing the air with his hands."
have been said[by whom?] to refer to the occasion when bassist Jack Casady was arrested nude on a beach in Santa Cruz, California, while on drugs. Grace Slick herself, speaking on the Fly Jefferson Airplane DVD repeats these lines and remarks; "Spencer was very child like. He was more child-like than the rest of the other guys in the band, so it's a song about Spencer Dryden being the old guy but still being a child.[-]I called him Lather because he used a straight-edge razor at the time and had a fairly thick beard - he used lather." 
The song is also notable for its very distinct arrangement.
- Tom Constanten performs a solo piano instrumental cover of this song on his album Morning Dew.
- Small Potatoes performed as part of a medley "Lather Danish Misfortune Mad Mouth" on their album Waltz of the Wallflowers (A Dysfunctional Duet).
- Fly Jefferson Airplane DVD
- Jefferson Airplane performs "Lather" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on YouTube
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