Crown of Creation
Released: September 1968 - Highest Chart Position: #6
Lather (Slick) 2:55 
In Time (Kantner/Balin) 4:10 
Triad (Crosby) 4:50 
Star Track (Kantner) 3:08 
Share A Little Joke (Balin) 3:07 
Chushingura (Dryden) 1:16 
If You Feel (Blackman/Balin) 3:17 
Crown of Creation (Kantner) 2:53 
Ice Cream Phoenix (Kaukonen/Cockey) 2:54 
Greasy Heart (Slick) 3:14 
The House At Pooneil Corners (Kantner/Balin) 5:48 

Band Lineup:

Grace Slick - Vocals, Piano & Organ
Marty Balin - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Paul Kantner - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Jorma Kaukonen - Vocals & Elecric Chicken
Jack Casady - Yggdrasil Bass
Spencer Dryden - Vocals, Drums, Piano, Organ and Steel Balls
With:
Gary Blackman - Nose Solo
Charles Cockey - Vocal, Guitar
David Crosby - Guitar
Tim Davis - Congas
Bill Goodwin - Talking Drums
Dan Woody - Bongoes
Gene Twombly - Sound Effects
LATHER (G. Slick)

(Child)
Lather was thirty years old today,
They took away all of his toys.
His mother sent newspaper clippings to him,
About his old friends who'd stopped being boys.
(Paper Dolls)
There was Harwitz E. Green, just turned thirty-three,
His leather chair waits at the bank.
And Sargent Dow Jones, twenty-seven years old,
Commanding his very own tank.
But Lather still finds it a nice thing to do,
To lie about nude in the sand,
Drawing pictures of mountains that look like bumps,
And thrashing the air with his hands.
But wait, oh Lather's productive you know,
He produces the finest of sound,
Putting drumsticks on either side of his nose,
Snorting the best licks in town,
(Break)
But that's all over...
Lather was thirty years old today,
And Lather came foam from his tongue.
He looked at me eyes wide and plainly say,
Is it true that I'm no longer young?
(Mummy?)
And the children call him famous,
What the old men call insane,
And sometimes he's so nameless,
That he hardly knows which game to play...
Which words to say...
And I should have told him, "No, you're not old."
And I should have let him go on...smiling...babywide.
IN TIME (P. Kantner/M. Balin)

Long time since I climbed down this mountain before
Things I've seen here make me want to go running home
Lean close put your lips next to my face
Look further or past the surface
Orange, blue, red and green
Are the colors of what I feel
And my mind y'know it starts to reel in time
To know your flesh layin' by my skin
And I wonder whenever I'm in
Warm, soft, nice and now
Are the word things of what I know
And my body y'know it's all so in time
(Break)
I see at the same place that I play
oh darlin' tell me what can I say
Dance, sing, sleep and dream
Is the music of what I hear
Among the many things whenever you're near in time
Come with me my friend
Come on now and take my hand
You can be my friend
Soon be in another country
TRIAD (D. Crosby)

You want to know
How it will be
Me and him
Or you and me
You both stand there your long hair flowing
Eyes alive your mind still growing
Saying to me
What can we do now that we both love you
I love you too
I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three
You are afraid
Embarrassed too
No one has ever said such a
Thing to you
Your mother's ghost stands at your shoulder
Face like ice
A little bit colder
Saying to you
you can not do that it breaks all the rules
you learned in school
I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three
We love each other
It's plain to see
There's just one answer
That comes to me
Sister lovers
Water brothers
And in time
Maybe others
So you see
What we can do is to try something new
If you're crazy too
I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three.
STAR TRACK (J. Kaukonen)

If your head spins round
Try to see the ground
If you can
My busy eyes
Missed her path throught the air
As she ran
My sensory mind is too old for cry
Not ready to live and too strange to die
So stop your doubt
push the world on by with your hand
It takes time to love
And open minds to love
And who's got
Time on their hands
Well life can be hard
When your holes in a card
In some electronic hand
You'll wander around from place to place
Disapear without a trace
And someone else will take your place in line
(Break)
Well you can fool your friends
about the way it ends
but you can't, fool yourself
Take you head in hand
And make your own demands
or you'll crystallize on the shelf
The freeways concrete way won't show
you where to run
or how to go
and running fast
you'll go down slow in the end
(Emmmm)
Running fast
You'll go down slow in the end
(Farlar)
SHARE A LITTLE JOKE (M. Balin)

A friend of mine asked me
Where has he been, where is he now?
I said he'd been set free
Share's a little joke with the world somehow
Sounded like he'd make a halo (halo)
When I heard his laughter floating
It's all for fun you know
He said he just let go
Share's a little joke with the world
World around you
Never catches up with you
How can I make you
As happy as I am
I feel like your running
I know we could fly
No, I'll never tire
Your mind is on fire
Your heart has never been satisfied
Hehh.
(Break)
Some people are in love
Some know everything can be done
I think your joking
I believe half of you
I want to journey
I want to laugh with you
But after you
Share a little joke with the world
The world around you
Never catches up with you
IF YOU FEEL (Blackman/M. Balin)

If you feel like china breaking
If you feel like laughter
Break china laughing
Break china laughing laughing laughing
If you feel like leaves are falling
If you feel like smiling
Fall leaves a smiling
Fall leaves a smiling smiling smiling, yeh
If you feel like love making
If you feel like flying
Make love flying baby
Make love flying flying flying, yeh
Knocked down
Not the first time you know
Got down, got 'em to go
Got 'em to go
If you feel like china breaking
If you feel like laughing
Break china laughing
Break china laughing laughing
laughing laughing laughing
laughing laughing laughing
laughing laughing
CROWN OF CREATION (P. Kantner)

You are the Crown of Creation
You are the Crown of Creation
And you've got no place to go.
Soon you'll attain the stability you strive for
In the only way that it's granted
In a place among the fossils of our time.
(Break)
In loyalty to their kind
They cannot tolerate our minds.
In loyalty to our kind
We cannot tolerate their obstruction.
(Break)
Life is Change
How it differs from the rocks
I've seen their ways too often for my liking
New worlds to gain
My life is to survive and be alive
for you.
Ahhhhhh...
ICE CREAM PHOENIX (J. Kaukonen/C. Cockey)

You don't know just
When to stop and when to go
City street's in the dead of winter
Stop your mind with dirty snow
Walk at night and
Touch your hand to the golden lights
And let them show
You got shadows disapearing
I'll smile and say
I told you so
Baby, tell me why if you think you know why
People love when there's no tommorow
Still not cry when it's time to go
And still not cry when it's time to go
And Still not cry when it's time to go
You warn your memory
Will echo your sorrow
The pictures of sadness
Are not what they seem
So hold out your smile take
My hand and be happy
These pictures of sadness
Are not all they seem
Are you so old that you've no childhood
Is your timeline so unreal
That all your sunsets
Come in the morning
Baby, tell me how you feel
Shows of books in you mirror reflected
The sidewalks and alleys that you've seen
Show colours change as the images faded
Our magical vanishing memory machine
Baby, tell me how if you think you know how
People love when there's no tommorow
Do people love if there's no tommorow?
And still not cry when they have to go
And still not cry when they have to go
And still not cry when they have to go
GREASY HEART (G. Slick)

Lady,
You keep asking
Why he likes you how come
Wonder why he wants more
If he's just had some
Boys,
She's got more to play with in the way of toys
Ladies eyes go off and on with a finger full of glue
Lips are drawn upon her face in come-to-me tattoo
Creamy suntan color that fades when she bathes
Paper dresses catch on fire
And you lose her in the haze
Don't ever change lady, he likes you that way
Because he's just had his hair done and he wants to use your wig
He's going off the drug thing cause his veins are getting big
He wants to sell his paintings but the market is slow
They're only paying him two grams now
For a one-man abstract show
(Break)
Don't ever change people even if you can
You are your own best toy to play with remote control hands
Made for each other made in Japan
Woman with a greasy heart automatic man
Don't ever change people your face will hit the fan
Don't ever change people even if you can
Don't change before the empire falls
You'll laugh so hard you'll crack the walls
The House At Pooneil Corners (Kantner/Balin)

You and me, we keep walking around and we see
All the bullshit around us.
You try and keep your mind on what's going down,
Cant help but see the rhinoceros around us.

Then you wonder what you can be,
And you do what you can to get far and high.
And you know I'm still gonna need you around.
And you know I'm still gonna need you around.

You say its healing, but nobody's feeling it.
Somebody's dealing, somebody's stealing,
And you say you don't see and you don't.
You say you wont know and you wont, when it comes.

Everything someday will be gone except silence.
The earth will be quiet again. 
Seas from clouds will wash off the ashes of violence 
Left as the memory of men.
There will be no survivors, my friend.

Suddenly everyone will look surprised,
Stars spinning wheels in the skies,
Sun is scrambled in their eyes
And circles like a vulture.

Someone stood at the window and cried one tear.
I thought that would stop the war, but someone is killing me.
That's the last time I do think anymore.
Jelly and juice and bubbles bubbles on the floor.

Castles on cliffs vanished
Just like heaps rubbish
Seen from the stars hour upon hour
As splinters, dust, and black flowers.

From here to heaven is a scar,
Dead center, deep as death.
All the idiots have left.
The idiots have left.

Cows are almost cooing,
Turtle doves are mooing;
Which is why a Pooh is poohing
In the sun
Sun