Bands of Darkness

The Grateful Dead — The Grateful Deadly Men 

  1. From the Heart of Me – From My Heart of Darkness
  2. Shakedown Street- Shakedown Slave Town 
  3. Serengetti- Dubai 
  4. Fire on the Mountain- Fire In The River
  5. I Need A Miracle- I Need a Miracle And Some Rivets 

7. If I Had the World to Give- If I Had the World to Give I’d Still Take all the Ivory 

“Fire On The Mountain” Original Lyrics- Marshall Tucker Band (I explain this in a bit)

Took my fam’ly away from my Carolina home

Had dreams about the West and started to roam

Six long months on a dust covered trail

They say heaven’s at the end but so far it’s been hell

And there’s fire on the mountain, lightnin’ in the air

Gold in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

We were diggin’ and siftin’ from five to five

Sellin’ everything we found just to stay alive

Gold flowed free like the whiskey in the bars

Sinnin’ was the big thing, lord and Satan was his star

And there’s fire on the mountain, lightnin’ in the air

Gold in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

Dance hall girls were the evenin’ treat

Empty cartridges and blood lined the gutters of the street

Men were shot down for the sake of fun

Or just to hear the noise of their forty-four guns

And there’s fire on the mountain, lightnin’ in the air

Gold in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

Now my widow she weeps by my grave

Tears flow free for her man she couldn’t save

Shot down in cold blood by a gun that carried fame

All for a useless and no good worthless claim

And there’s fire on the mountain, lightnin’ in the air

Gold in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

Fire on the mountain, lightnin’ in the air

Gold in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

Waitin’ for me there

 

This process was actually much more fun and much easier than I anticipated. It helped that the song I chose, “Fire on the Mountain” already contained dark subject material, and required just a few changes to easily make it fit “Heart of Darkness.” Most of the changes I  made are a little heavy-handed in their obvious connection to the text I chose. However, the most profound change I made was to the lyric, “there’s fire on the mountain.” I changed this to “there’s fire on the river” to symbolize not only their physical journey along the Congo, but the collision of two forces that are so opposite in nature that their meeting seems to defy sense or reason, creating something unbelievable. This is supposed to represent Kurtz and Marlow, two forces that are fundamentally different but are drawn together through a common purpose. The band I chose was the Grateful Dead, and the song titles that I altered belong to them. However, there are two “Fire on the Mountain” songs, and the lyrics to the one I used is actually not by The Grateful Dead, but is instead by The Marshall Tucker band. This was a simple mistake on my part! Everything else in this post is GD stuff.

 

“Fire On The River” Altered Lyrics 

Took my fam’ly away from my United Kingdom home

Had dreams about Belgium and started to roam

Six long months on a waterlogged boat 

They say heaven’s at the end but so far it’s been hell

And there’s fire on the River, lightnin’ in the air

Ivory in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

We were chuggin‘ and tuggin‘ from five to five

Shooting everything we found just to stay alive

Ivory flowed free like the whiskey in the bars

Sinnin’ was the big thing, Kurtz and Satan was his star

And there’s fire on the River, lightnin’ in the air

Ivory in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

Rotten Elephant meat was the evenin’ treat

Empty cartridges and blood lined the gutters of the street

Savages were shot down for the sake of fun

Or just to hear the noise of their forty-four guns

And there’s fire on the River, lightnin’ in the air

Ivory in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

Now no one weeps by my grave

Tears flow free for the Savages we couldn’t save

Shot down in cold blood by a gun that carried fame

All for a useless and no good worthless claim

And there’s fire on the River, lightnin’ in the air

Ivory in them hills and it’s waitin’ for me there

Fire on the River, lightnin’ in the air

Kurtz in them hills and he’s waitin’ for me there

Waitin’ for me there

 

 

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