Born Cross-Eyed

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"Born Cross-Eyed"
Single by Grateful Dead
from the album Anthem of the Sun
A-side "Dark Star"
Released April 1968 Flag of the United States.svg
1977 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Format 7"-LP album
Recorded 1968
Label Warner Bros. Flag of the United States.svg
WEA Records Ltd Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Songwriter(s) Bob Weir
Producer(s) Grateful Dead
David Hassinger
Grateful Dead singles chronology
"'The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)/Cream Puff War'"
"Born Cross-Eyed"
"'Dupree's Diamond Blues/Cosmic Charlie'"
The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)/Cream Puff War
Dark Star/Born Cross-Eyed
Dupree's Diamond Blues/Cosmic Charlie

"Born Cross-Eyed" is an original composition by the San Francisco psychedelic rock group the Grateful Dead. It was written by rhythm guitarist Bob Weir during the band's sessions creating the album Anthem of the Sun, produced by David Hassinger, in 1968. It was released as a B-side with the single "Dark Star", one of the band's best-known musical excursions.[1][2][3][4]

The single was first released in April 1968 by Warner Bros. Records and is a different mix than the version included on the Anthem of the Sun album. The single was re-released in the UK in 1977 as a promotion distributed with the Dark Star magazine. The single release included lyrics of Dark Star on the back cover as well as a message stating "this record presented exclusively by Dark Star Magazine with the kind cooperation of WEA Records Ltd".

This single version of the song would be later released three times:


The alternate cover sleeve of the single that was released in the United Kingdom.

The following are the albums on which the song has appeared:

Studio albums
  • Anthem of the Sun, Grateful Dead, 1968
  • Anthem of the Sun, Grateful Dead, 2003 (expanded re-release)
Live albums
Compilation/Box sets


  1. ^ Dodd, David. "Greatest Stories Ever Told: "Born Cross-Eyed"", Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Dodd, David. "Born Cross-Eyed", The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Born Cross-Eyed", Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Born Cross-Eyed", Grateful Dead Lyric and Song Finder. Retrieved October 1, 2016.