Scarlet Begonias

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"Scarlet Begonias"
Song by the Grateful Dead from the album From the Mars Hotel
Released June 27, 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Rock, funk rock, psychedelic rock, reggae fusion
Length 4:20
Label Grateful Dead Records
Writer Robert Hunter
Composer Jerry Garcia
Producer Grateful Dead
From the Mars Hotel track listing
"Loose Lucy"
(4)
"Scarlet Begonias"
(5)
"Pride of Cucamonga"
(6)

"Scarlet Begonias" is a song by the Grateful Dead. The lyrics were written by Robert Hunter and the music by Jerry Garcia.[1] The song first appears on the 1974 release From the Mars Hotel.

The song begins in Grosvenor Square in London and also references "Tea for Two" from No, No, Nanette by Irving Caesar and Vincent Youmans.

The line "Everybody's playing in the Heart of Gold Band", was used by Keith and Donna Godchaux to name their new group "Heart of Gold Band" when they left the Grateful Dead in 1979.

The live debut of "Scarlet Begonias" came on March 23, 1974 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.[1] When "Fire on the Mountain" was written in 1977, "Scarlet Begonias" would often be paired with "Fire on the Mountain" when played live. This resulted in what would be nicknamed "Scarlet > Fire".[2]

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  1. ^ a b Dodd, David. "The Annotated "Scarlet Begonias"". The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  2. ^ Dodd, David. "The Annotated "Fire on the Mountain"". The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Sublime – 40oz. to Freedom". Music reviews. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  4. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (2004). "Jimmy Buffett – License to Chill". Music reviews. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  5. ^ Keller Williams album for REX charity, news.jamradio.org, May 7, 2008, Retrieved May 15, 2008.

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