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|Single by Grateful Dead|
|from the album Anthem of the Sun|
WEA Records Ltd
|Grateful Dead singles chronology|
"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.
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:
- As part of the compilation album What a Long Strange Trip It's Been by Warner Bros. in 1977
- As part of the twelve-CD retrospective box set The Golden Road (1965-1973) in 2001, released by Rhino Records (a subsidiary of Warner Bros.)
- And on the 2003 re-release of Anthem of the Sun by Rhino featuring the tracks included in The Golden Road (1965–1973) box set.
The following are the albums on which the song has appeared:
- Anthem of the Sun, Grateful Dead, 1968
- Anthem of the Sun, Grateful Dead, 2003 (expanded re-release)
- Dick's Picks Volume 22, Grateful Dead, 2001
- The Golden Road (1965-1973), Grateful Dead, 2001
- Some Of Our Best Friends Are, Various Artists, 1969
- The Grateful Dead/Anthem Of The Sun, Grateful Dead, 1976
- What a Long Strange Trip It's Been, Grateful Dead, 1977
- Dodd, David. "Greatest Stories Ever Told: "Born Cross-Eyed"", dead.net. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- Dodd, David. "Born Cross-Eyed", The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- "Born Cross-Eyed", Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- "Born Cross-Eyed", Grateful Dead Lyric and Song Finder. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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