​​​​​​​Dedicated to the 55th Year Anniversary of The Grateful Dead,

remaining members, and all those Cowboys we lost along the way...


Stage Soldiers
© Jaimey Perham – 04/15/2015


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending


Pigpen played the keys and harmonica like a madman blues pirate
With his deep soulful vocals he chased the dancing ladies towards the light
Some people thought by his rugged looks he just wasn’t right
But we all knew better than that because he really blew our sights
Sadly we lost our first leader of the troops to the starless night


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending


Keith stepped in to blend in to the psychedelic mix and quietly play the keys
The band did not miss a beat as they toured the world with their greet and meet
Closed out some venues, wall of sound, traveled to Egypt playing in the desert heat
Made his mark on the deadheads, tapers, strangers and dancing feat
Had to leave the band, and sadly left this world from the grateful dead hot seat


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending


Donna singing sweet backup vocals with the boys with ever long flowing hair
Adding seductive harmonies seducing the travelers in the crowd both far and near
Swinging to the rhythm and drum beats and mix of guitars and her husband without a care
Took the band to new heights and high peaks in the late seventies during the disco scare
Left with Keith, but no other woman could take her place down the road no one would dare


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending


Brent came into the picture during the fast pace eighties setting the keys on fire
The sensitive soul with the beard playing from the heart, but living life on the wire
Exchanging all-knowing glances and jams with the captain taking the band to a new high
One of the deadhead’s favs seemed to pour his heart out until the end, an unexpected die
All everybody could say in the shock and sadness is ask the lord up above in heaven is why?


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending


Vince took over during the nineties on keys, and all he really wanted to do was play
His wild hair and shirts he jammed on the keys adding his own style on any given day
Attacking the keys with vengeance singing his signature song, “a long, long, long, long way”
Sadly a tortured soul inside couldn’t get over his demons and offstage had to ultimately pay
Hopefully he found his “way to go home” and now is jamming again in the higher upper bay


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending


Bruce played on special nights adding his professional expertise to the psychedelic mix
Fans always hoped he would be at their show and they would have the miracle tix
The rest of band seemed to step up their pace when the smiling piano man played his licks
They never missed a beat, blended in with the band on accordion, keys, during song picks
Some might not consider him an official member, but once a deadhead, always in the clique


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending


Mickey, one half of the yin-yang keeps the beat pounding on percussions galore
Cultured and well-travelled his arsenal is a sight to see and sound a mysterious lore
At times when the moment is right he enters a trance with a wild spirit and open doors
Eyes bug eyed and arms flattering he takes the people on an ethnic journey wanting more
A true important piece of the cosmic puzzle on drums you can’t duplicate during the tour


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning

These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending


Billy, the other half of the yin-yang is the stable one keeping the beat strong and going
One of the originals, never complained, silent inside, but loud on the drums and all knowing
The band could always count on him where ever the energy in the room was flowing
Stepped out of his comfort space during drums in the second set and the fans were glowing
With his partner in crime, and band onstage they kept the “fire on the mountain” blowing


The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending

Phil, the professor on bass plays the heavy strings with thunderous explosive rifts
Helps the other guys out with humor and professionalism when they need a boost, or lift
The Deadheads in the crowd personal favorite player with “we want phil” chant drifts
A gracious soul on planet earth, many are thankful he was given the ultimate donor life gift
A true legend to his art with a mix of reality, humanity, and a bit of interstellar myth

The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending

Bobby, the shaman on guitar and vocals holds the band together with his personal touch
Always attracting the ladies and providing high energy, confidence, a stroke of the brush
Constantly learning from the Captain to his left, loyal, and help guiding the ship if he must
Sometimes forgetting lyrics, but that’s okay he always kept the live music fresh, never rust
Could not imagine “the grateful dead,” without Bobby who kept things fun without a fuss

The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending

Jerry the Captain and leader of the “greatest band on earth,” god rest his grateful soul
Even without a finger he played guitar and sang vocals bringing people out of their hole
His guitar solos were majestic and vocals rich as the band would hit the “long strange road”
Humble to the end with his beard and casual look, but life experience did take a heavy toll
Jerry Garcia will always be remembered 50 years and beyond with “The Grateful Dead” lore

The Stage Soldiers play their shining weapons high up on the stage to anyone who listens
Sending fractals of life lyrics and electric sound that pierce the ears and makes eyes glisten
They travel the land to cities near and far, wherever they are welcome and love is missing
Some call them The Warlocks, or The Grateful Dead, but the name is just the beginning
These Stage Soldiers take you on a group trip into the subconscious mind with no ending




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