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Grateful Dead — Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Album: Truckin' Up To Buffalo
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5.4

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Total ratings: 130









Released: 1989
Length: 8:41
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Let us put men and women together
See which one is smarter
Some say men, but I say no
The women got the men like a puppet show

It ain't me - it's the people that say
That the men are leading the women astray
But I say that the women today
Are smarter than the men in every way

That's right, the women are smarter
That's right, the women are smarter
That's right, the women are smarter
The women are smarter that's right
(that' right)

Little boy sit on the corner and cry
Big man come and he ask him why
Says I can't do what the big boys do
Man sat down and he cried too

It ain't me, but the people who say
That the men are leading the women astray
But I say that the women today
Are smarter than the men in every way

That's right, the women are smarter
That's right, the women are smarter
That's right, the women are smarter
The women are smarter that's right
(that' right)

Ever since the world began
Women been imitating the ways of men
But listen, boys cause I've got a plan
Give it up, don't try to understand

It ain't me - it's the people that say
That the men are leading the women astray
But I say that the women today
Are smarter than the men in every way

That's right, the women are smarter
That's right, the women are smarter
That's right, the women are smarter
The women are smarter that's right
(that' right)
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Not my favorite version, but still a 10. 
 bam23 wrote:
How stupid are the comments for this song? Well, not all are reflexively bashing simply because they decided at some point in their miserable shrunken lives that anything by the Grateful Dead is unacceptable, etc. BUT: This is a cover of a much older song. Have any of you bright folks heard of Harry Belafonte? If you want to complain about the lyrics, it might be useful to know who wrote them, or originally sang them. I do not care who does or does not like the band, but the response to Grateful Dead music, by a disappointingly large portion of the log-onners (listener seems too generous), is a bit like not liking a person because of his ancestry, or disliking a musician because of his political beliefs. Just hearing them seems to elicit irrational hatred (I do not use the word to describe music, but commenters on this site sure do) from some. I feel a bit sorry for you.
 

Why so serious?
How stupid are the comments for this song? Well, not all are reflexively bashing simply because they decided at some point in their miserable shrunken lives that anything by the Grateful Dead is unacceptable, etc. BUT: This is a cover of a much older song. Have any of you bright folks heard of Harry Belafonte? If you want to complain about the lyrics, it might be useful to know who wrote them, or originally sang them. I do not care who does or does not like the band, but the response to Grateful Dead music, by a disappointingly large portion of the log-onners (listener seems too generous), is a bit like not liking a person because of his ancestry, or disliking a musician because of his political beliefs. Just hearing them seems to elicit irrational hatred (I do not use the word to describe music, but commenters on this site sure do) from some. I feel a bit sorry for you.
Great version of a great tune.  Don't hate.
I would rather shove thumbtacks into my gums than hear this song again.
 nate917 wrote:

You were hesitant to spell out "God" but had no compunction about spelling out "fucking"?  Hmm.

 

In order to correctly explain my disdain.

 OmegaConcern wrote:
Dear G-d, I fucking hate the Grateful Dead.
 
You were hesitant to spell out "God" but had no compunction about spelling out "fucking"?  Hmm.

That's right, this song is a drill into my ear canals.
That's right, this song is a drill into my ear canals.
That's right, this song is a drill into my ear canals.
That's right, this song is a drill into my ear canals.
That's right, this song is a drill into my ear canals.
That's right, this song is a drill into my ear canals.

Dear G-d, I fucking hate the Grateful Dead.
 bluedot wrote:
Had 2 give it a 10 just to counteract all those 1's.  C'mon people, get a clue. It's cool, if just for Jerry's excellent, workmanlike GTR solo!

It's just supposed to be a fun live song.  What's with all the 1's?

Lighten up, people!
 
I was 'groovin'' with it up until yer man started singing then I just had to mute as it was hurting my brain. Normally I wouldn't give the Dead the time of day but the instrumentals were fine and I was just about to hit the 5 rating when the shouting started, which knocked off 3. Sorry. 8 for the album cover, though :o)

how do they remember the words?
 annie_fannie wrote:


It's hippie music, what do you expect?
 
No, it's hillbilly music. Hippies are smarter.
 bluedot wrote:
Had 2 give it a 10 just to counteract all those 1's.  C'mon people, get a clue. It's cool, if just for Jerry's excellent, workmanlike GTR solo!

It's just supposed to be a fun live song.  What's with all the 1's?

Lighten up, people!
 

Okay, I've taken your advice.  Feelin' light, open, ready for anything. . . . .

Wow, I still really don't like this song.  1
This song is pure propaganda!  Must have been written by Hillary!
 spicymonkey wrote:
Ha ha ha!  I guess I never listened to this song very closely (or looked at the title).  I always thought they were singing "That's right, the women are smaller."  What's that about women being smart?{#Rolleyes}

 
You didn't specify your gender in your profile but I'm guessing that you're taking a little ribbing at your own expense.  Very nice.


 lattalo wrote:

If I was not smarter than you I would respond in kind to your comment,
but I am smarter so I will ignore it!

 
Um, that should be "If I were not smarter...."  It's the subjunctive, Smarty.

Go Brent
 bluedot wrote:
Had 2 give it a 10 just to counteract all those 1's.  C'mon people, get a clue. It's cool, if just for Jerry's excellent, workmanlike GTR solo!

It's just supposed to be a fun live song.  What's with all the 1's?

Lighten up, people!
 

{#Good-vibes} Indeed!!!
 erichb wrote:
Been a long time since I've heard this tune.  Reminds me of my ex-girlfriend, who was too smart for her own good.
 
There is no such thing, being too smart.  She isn't with you anymore is she!

Had 2 give it a 10 just to counteract all those 1's.  C'mon people, get a clue. It's cool, if just for Jerry's excellent, workmanlike GTR solo!

It's just supposed to be a fun live song.  What's with all the 1's?

Lighten up, people!
 Kaisersosay wrote:
After 40 albums they ran out of words,,,so that's why it only seems repetitive...... 
 
They are right and they are men, who knew that men could be so smart!

 spicymonkey wrote:
Ha ha ha!  I guess I never listened to this song very closely (or looked at the title).  I always thought they were singing "That's right, the women are smaller."  What's that about women being smart?{#Rolleyes}

 
If I was not smarter than you I would respond in kind to your comment,
but I am smarter so I will ignore it!

 Kaisersosay wrote:
After 40 albums they ran out of words,,,so that's why it only seems repetitive...... 
 
Never were more perfect words spoken!

After 40 albums they ran out of words,,,so that's why it only seems repetitive...... 
 sdn wrote:
It's a little repetitious toward the end.
That's right, it's a little repetitious toward the end.
That's right, it's a little repetitious toward the end.
That's right, it's a little repetitious toward the end.
That's right, it's a little repetitious toward the end.
 

It's hippie music, what do you expect?
Again today with these guys?  What's next Jimmy Buffett?
That's RIGHT!

{#Dancingbanana}
Joyful noise.  Brent shines.  Always had a soft spot for the new guy.  (To all those who gave this a 1...your anti-GD bias is ridiculous).
 peter_james_bond wrote:
All Music Guide has over 40 Grateful Dead live albums listed! {#Eek}
 
Just i was thinking, how many albums they did. I dont know 5% of their stuff, i guess!!

All Music Guide has over 40 Grateful Dead live albums listed! {#Eek}
This is inane! What a patronizing, repetitious piece of ....
Needs more cowbell. Or something to make it not so annoying.
Damn Right!
WTF!?!?!?! repetitive much?? gahhhh!!!!!
It's a little repetitious toward the end.
That's right, it's a little repetitious toward the end.
That's right, it's a little repetitious toward the end.
That's right, it's a little repetitious toward the end.
That's right, it's a little repetitious toward the end.
 Al_Koholic wrote:
Just because it's the Dead, do people automatically give it a 1?
 
No, they have to earn it each time.


Ha ha ha!  I guess I never listened to this song very closely (or looked at the title).  I always thought they were singing "That's right, the women are smaller."  What's that about women being smart?{#Rolleyes}

Even if RP didn't play the Dead it would still be my favorite radio station... the fact that the do is a pleasure I never take for granted.  Thank you Bill and Radio Paradise!
Brent...THAT'S RIGHT! Now for "I Will Take You Home"...TNX RP!!!!!!
 eddief wrote:
Love the Brent era of the Grateful Dead and how he would just belt it out.  Uncle John's Band and Dear Mr. Fantasy are others that come to mind. I always thought he added a nice flavor. 
 
Indeed good Sir, and was more the pity when he took his own life.

Of all the Dead songs to choose from, why this one? {#Sleep}
 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
A new influx of Dead tunes here lately! And live ones at that! I like!

 

{#Yes}

Bill must have seen the recent show....
Love the Brent era of the Grateful Dead and how he could just belt it out.  Uncle John's Band and Dear Mr. Fantasy are others that come to mind. I always thought he added a nice flavor. 

RP's comment board could sure stand more women on them, if you know what I mean.
Just because it's the Dead, do people automatically give it a 1?
Been a long time since I've heard this tune.  Reminds me of my ex-girlfriend, who was too smart for her own good.
ah summmatime!{#Daisy}

Fond memories(or whatever is left of them) of them doing this.  Have seen them play this many times-always gets people up on their feet.
so which is smarter ?  the woman, or the man who tells her she is ? {#Think}

A concert favorite.  Sing it Brent, and RIP.
 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
A new influx of Dead tunes here lately! And live ones at that! I like!

  And there are plenty to choose from.


Live Dead! Thanks, Bill. So much better than their albums.
Agreed!

ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
A new influx of Dead tunes here lately! I like!
 


A new influx of Dead tunes here lately! And live ones at that! I like!