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Thread #100102   Message #2003089
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
21-Mar-07 - 10:59 AM
Thread Name: What notion? (Grateful Dead)
Subject: RE: What notion? (Grateful Dead)
Given the Dead's close association with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, it's possibly an allusion to Kesey's novel Sometimes a Great Notion. The book's title is taken from the verse in the Leadbelly song "Goodnight Irene":

Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in the town
Sometimes I take a great notion
To jump in the river and drown

That's not to say that the notion lyricist Robert Hunter had in mind was to jump into a river, only that it could be a subtle referrence to Kesey, and to Leadbelly as well.