Scarlet Begonias Edit

A Grateful Dead Song, almost always played in concert before a jam followed by Fire on the Mountain. Called by fans, "Scarlet Fire." Similar to China Cat Sunflower into I Know You Rider

Scarlet Begonias


Grateful Dead

Original Album

Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel

Year Released




Lyrics Edit

As I was walkin down rubadub square
Not a chill to the wind but a nip to the air
From another direction she was caught in my eye
It could be an illusion but I might as well try
Might as well try

She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes
And I knew without asking- she was into the blues
She wore scarlet begonias tucked into her curls
I knew right away she was not like other girls
Like other girls

Well I aint never been right as I aint never been wrong
As heaven works out the way it does in this song (hey)
cuz once in awhile you get shown in the light in the strangest of places
If you look at it right

It was the summer of love and I thank the stars above
Because the woman took a lovin over me
And just to gain her trust I bought a microbus
Because I sold off all my personal property

A tight tye-dye dress she was a psychadelic mess
We toured to the north, south, east, and west
We sold some mushroom tea we sold some extacy we sold nitrous, opium,
Acid, heroin, and pcp

And now I hear the police comin after me
Yes now I hear the police comin after me
The one scarlet with the flowers in her hair shes got the police comin
After me

But there aint nothin wrong with the way she moves
All scarlet begonias and a touch of the blues
And there aint nothin wrong with the love thats in her eye
I had to learn the hard way just to let her pass by
Let it pass byOh just let her pass by

Personel Edit

Member Instrument
Jerry Garcia Lead Guitar and Vocals
Bob Weir Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Keith Godchaux Keyboards and Vocals
Donna Godchaux Vocals
Phil Lesh Bass and Vocals
Bill Kreutzmann Drums, Percution

Covers Edit


Jimmy Buffet

Keller Williams, Keith Mosely, Jeff Austin

All Dead Spin-off Bands still perform it including;

Phil Lesh and Friends

Bob Weir and Ratdog


Mickey Hart Band

Donna Jean Godchaux Band

The Dead