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Conan O'Brien told this in one of his monologues: "The Grateful Dead are planning to release an 85-disc anthology of their musical career. The project has been delayed because The Dead haven't decided which song to release."
Submitted by: Val Balagot
Q: Why did the Grateful Dead's keyboardists all die? A: Because their organs stopped working.
Submitted by: Rocky Rhodes
There are additional music jokes available.

Band Name Origins:

  • It comes from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, not the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the line from which they they drew the phrase is as follows: "In the land of the night the ship of the sun is drawn by the grateful dead." Submitted by: Jim Webster
  • Contrary to popular myth, there is no mention of the "Grateful Dead" in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. In fact, there is no official "Book of the Dead". The band was going by the name The Warlocks and Jerry Garcia went to a dictionary and said "whatever I point to will be the new name". He then opened up the dictionary and placed his finger on the page. When he looked down, he had chosen "Grateful Dead", which is an American folk myth. When a person pays to bury a body that no one claims it is said to appease the dead & making him grateful - the Grateful Dead. This is a story passed to me from one of the band's writers. Submitted by: Steve

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"New Potato Caboose"I think The Grateful Dead may fall short of thier goal of writing a song for every single person on the planet, but at least three billion of their numbers may fall into this catagory. - princejellyfish

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Grateful He's DeadFor people that hated Jerry GarciaRobert D. Arndt Jr.

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Hell In A Briefcase ""Hell In A Bucket"Old Man Edgar Winter

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Hell In A Bucket,"Hell can't be put in a bucketHota Copy
"Hell In A Bucket,"Nobody can go to hell in a bucket.Isac
"Box Of Rain,"Difficult to keep liquid inside of a box.Peter
"The Music Never Stopped,"The music must stop sooner or later.Yvette Bristle
"New Potato Caboose,"Unless the potato is big enough...Diddims

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Who's That Man?," Toby Keith"Casey Jones," Grateful Dead
"Hair," The Cowsills"Touch Of Grey," The Grateful Dead
"Weatherman Says," Jack Wagner"Cold Rain And Snow," The Grateful Dead
"What's Your Name?," Lynyrd Skynyrd"Casey Jones," The Grateful Dead
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"High Tie" originally "High Time"
Candy Welty
"High Tim" originally "High Time"
Candy Welty
"The Music Never Topped" originally "The Music Never Stopped"
Candy Welty
"The Music Never Sopped" originally "The Music Never Stopped"
Candy Welty
"Tuckin'" originally "Truckin'"

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Franklin's Trower" originally "Franklin's Tower"
"High Timer" originally "High Time"
Candy Welty
"Thigh Time" originally "High Time"
Candy Welty
"China Dolly" originally "China Doll"
Candy Welty
"Uncle John's Bland" originally "Uncle John's Band"
Alyssa Jayne

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Casey Jokes" originally "Casey Jones"
"Turn On Sour Love Light" originally "Turn On Your Love Light"
Yvette Bristle
"Turn On Your Lode Light" originally "Turn On Your Love Light"
Yvette Bristle
"Turn On Your Cove Light" originally "Turn On Your Love Light"
Yvette Bristle
"Burn On Your Love Light" originally "Turn On Your Love Light"
Yvette Bristle

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Casey Jones""Hunter Biden"eel deal
"Truckin'""Tuckin’"VU & DJ
"Truckin'""Drunken"Paul Robinson
"Casey Jones""Lazy Clones"Blaydeman
"Morning Dew""Mountain Dew"Abbott Skelding
"Touch of Grey""Bunch of Grey"Matthias
"Dancin' In the Streets""Dancin' Hurts My Feet"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Cosmic Charlie""Cosmic Sean Hughes"Fack Sabbath
"Truckin'""Troggin’"John A. Barry
"Casey Jones""Tasty Rhônes"John A. Barry

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Truckin'Food trucksOpie M.
Truckin'Truck Driving SchoolOpie M.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
CocaineDEA (Drug Enforcement Association)Robbie N.
Pants Too TightWeight WatchersJ. Geraci
Fire On The MountainAny Business Near Mt St. Helen'scyberbmcd
Casey JonesAmtrakBilly Florio

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Black and Yellow
   Wiz Khalifa
Black Peter
   Grateful Dead
Black and Yellow Peter
Nice & Easy
   Frank Sinatra
Easy Wind
   Grateful Dead
Nice & Easy Wind
The Magic Touch
   The Platters
Touch Of Grey
   The Grateful Dead
The Magic Touch Of Grey
   Kool & The Gang
   Grateful Dead
Joanna Cassidy
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Grapefruit Dead
Grapefruit combined with Grateful Dead
Submitted By: Evan
Izzy Dead?
Izzy Stradlin combined with The Grateful Dead
A pertinent question about any past or present member of GNR.
Submitted By: neptunevsmars
They Might Be Dead
They Might Be Giants combined with The Grateful Dead
They'd have trouble auditioning keyboard players with this name...RIP Vince Welnick.
Submitted By: neptunevsmars
The Grateful Dead Can Dance
Grateful Dead combined with Dead Can Dance
A debatable proposition.
Submitted By: Patrick

There are additional Grateful Dead Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Touch Of Grey"
Misheard Lyrics:
He can't be but 17.
Original Lyrics:
Kid can't read at 17.
"Touch of Grey"
Misheard Lyrics:
People, Playboy, Seventeen
Original Lyrics:
The kid can't read at seventeen
"Touch of Grey"
Misheard Lyrics:
I will bake a pie
Original Lyrics:
I will get by
"Black Peter"
Misheard Lyrics:
Anyone know from sin and jail
Original Lyrics:
Annie Bonneau from Saint Angel ...
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Touch of Grey"
Misheard Lyrics:
People, Playboy, Seventeen
Original Lyrics:
The kid can't read at seventeen

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

I thought it could have referred to magazine titles!

There are additional misheard stories available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"China Cat Sunflower"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Look for awhile at the China Cat Sunflower
proud-walking jingle in the midnight sun
Copper-dome Bodhi drip a silver kimono
like a crazy-quilt stargown
through a dream night wind
Krazy Kat peeking through a lace bandana
like a one-eyed Cheshire
like a diamond-eye Jack
A leaf of all colors plays
a golden string fiddle
to a double-e waterfall over my back
Comic book colors on a violin river
crying Leonardo words
from out a silk trombone
I rang a silent bell
beneath a shower of pearls
in the eagle wing palace
of the Queen Chinee
Why They're Nonsensical:
They speak for themselves. They're nonsense to me.
Submitted by: Stephen

Dated Song Lyrics:

"Brown-Eyed Women"
The Dated Lyrics:
1920 when he stepped to the bar, drank to the dregs of the whiskey jar.
1930 when the wall caved in, he made his way selling red-eyed gin.
-------- Daddy made whiskey and he made it well.
Cost two dollars and it burned like hell.
Why They're Dated:
Two lines refer to the early twentieth century (I'm not really clear on what you're looking for here since one example seemed to say NOT something like this and another seemed to say this was OK, but it sure sounds dated to me). The last one refers to whiskey for two dollars a bottle.
Submitted by: Stephen Segall

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Ramble On Rose"
The Lyrics:
Just like Jack the Ripper, just like Mojo Hand,
Just like Billy Sunday, in a shotgun ragtime band
----- Just like Crazy Otto, just like Wolfman Jack,
Sitting plush with a royal flush, aces back to back.
Just like Mary Shelley, just like Frankenstein,
Who They Mention:
Jack the Ripper, Billy Sunday, Wolfman Jack, Mary Shelley
Submitted by: Stephen Segall
"U.S. Blues"
The Lyrics:
I'm Uncle Sam
That's who I am
Been hidin' out
in a rock-and-roll band
Shake the hand
that shook the hand
of P.T. Barnum
and Charlie Chan
Who They Mention:
Uncle Sam
P.T. Barnum
Charlie Chan
Submitted by: Tania WYEP
There are additional celebrity lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Cumberland Blues"
The Lyrics:
Little Ben Clock says quarter to eight.
You kept me up till four.
Product Brand Name:
The Little Ben Clock
Submitted by: Stephen Segall

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Touch Of Grey"
The Song Lyrics:
I will get by.
I will survive.
Song They Mention:
"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
Submitted by: Larry
"Catfish John"
The Song Lyrics:
Mama said, "Don't go near that river.
Don't be hanging around old Catfish John."
Come in the morning I'd always be there,
Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn.
Song They Mention:
Delta Dawn (by Tanya Tucker, among others).
Submitted by: Heidi Clare

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Morning Dew"
Opening Lines:
Walk me out in the morning dew my honey
Submitted by: Candy Welty
Opening Lines:
Truckin'. Got my chips cashed in.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Play in G in the Band" originally "Playing in the Band"
Submitted by: Sutch
"Frank Lin's Tower" originally "Franklin's Tower"
Submitted by: Sutch
"Tuckin'" originally "Truckin'"
Submitted by: Iris Green
"Truck In" originally "Truckin'"
Submitted by: Candy Welty

Band Name Anagrams:

Add The Flute Rage Submitted by: Woody Thomas
Deaf Drug Tale Submitted by: Glenn Worthman
Dug Fat Leader Submitted by: Glenn Worthman

Song Title Anagrams:

"Modern Wing" originally "Morning Dew"
Submitted by: Kara Oke
"Germ On Wind" originally "Morning Dew"
Submitted by: Kara Oke
"Women Grind" originally "Morning Dew"
Submitted by: Kara Oke
"Men Own Grid" originally "Morning Dew"
Submitted by: Kara Oke
"Wrong Denim" originally "Morning Dew"
Submitted by: Kara Oke

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Terrapin Part 1" Length: 16:23
Submitted by: Evan
"Dark Star" Length: 23:15
From the 1969 album Live/Dead, I've heard it played in its entirety a few times by Deadhead DJs despite its length. As far as I know it is the longest rock song of the 60s.
Submitted by: Jeffrey

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Plaque Beater" originally "Black Peter"
Submitted by: Marlene L. Ram
"Plaque Beater" originally "Black Peter"
Submitted by: Marlene L. Ram
"Stowing Thrones" originally "Throwing Stones"
Submitted by: Trevor Overt
"Poke Brown Dallas" originally "Brokedown Palace"
Submitted by: Lydia Helton
"J.C. Cones" originally "Casey Jones"
Submitted by: Cinnamon Rolle

There are additional Song Title Spoonerisms available.

Band Name Spoonerisms:

The Gateful Dread originally "The Grateful Dead"
Submitted by: Christy Blanchard
The Freight Gull Dead originally "The Grateful Dead"
Submitted by: Etta James Taylor Swift
The Fate Gull Dread originally "The Grateful Dead"
Submitted by: Regina Haniger
The Great Dull Fed originally "The Grateful Dead"
Submitted by: Reese Witherspoonerism

There are additional Band Name Spoonerisms available.

Backwards Messages:

"Live from the Mars Hotel (Album)"
Unintelligible cover art characters seen upside down and backwards reads "ugly rumors".
Submitted by: jackAroe
This is a couple of backwards (cover art) messages from the Grateful Dead. The album "American Beauty" says "American Reality" if you look at it. The album "Aoxamoxa" the lettering spelling the "Grateful Dead" says "We Ate The Acid" in a mirror.
Submitted by: Wade Brock

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Having a big fan with two NBA championship rings"
Former NBA player turned commentator Bill Walton is a huge Grateful Dead fan, which he has admitted to. The 6'10" Walton earned the nickname "World's Tallest Deadhead".
Submitted by: JeReMy
"Dead (as in real dead) keyboard players"
Namely, Pigpen, Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland, and Vince Welnick. Tom Constanten is (for now) the only surviving Dead keyboardist, and currently with Jefferson Starship.
Submitted by: Rocky
"Thier Fans"
Known as "Dead-Head's", these otherwise average citizens, have formed a strange sub-culture that will do anything, and go almost anywhere just to breath the same air as these sloppy hobo's. (I dont get it and probably never will)
Submitted by: princejellyfish

Music With a Warning Label:

"Anthem Of The Sun"
The B-side of the album says " careful do not stop on the tracks"
Submitted by: Wade Brock

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

Mortuaries/Funeral Homes/Cemetaries
Submitted by: oldrock

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Brokedown Palace"
1999 movie starring Claire Danes & Kate Beckinsale
Submitted by: Margo Gram
"American Beauty"
Oscar winning Best Picture
Submitted by: Jkustes

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