Bought myself a motorbike, to keep my head on straight
Two hundred is cheap but the bike don't work, two payments by mistake
By playing a game forever, buying fancy little toys
But I don't like dirty, lying, cheating, ugly little boys
I don't want no Gypsy Wedding
I don't need no Gypsy Wedding
There's a land rush on out in California, at a place called River Bend
Thirteen hundred and fifty down, don't seen too much to spend
Tax my pay, it's a government rule, put me in their files
I don't want them to tax my land, or be down in their files
(Refrain, repeat 4 times)
20 Granite Creek is the rock band Moby Grape's fifth album. After recording their last album for Columbia Records, Truly Fine Citizen, the band went on hiatus until 1971 when they reunited with Skip Spence and Bob Mosley and recorded this reunion album for Reprise Records; their only album for the label. David Rubinson, who produced most of the band's Columbia albums, was back as producer here, as well as serving as the band's manager.
If ever a band was snake-bitten, it was Moby Grape, and thanks to backfiring publicity stunts, poor management, and record company snafus, the band never found a steady mass audience. It didn't help, either, that at least two of the members -- Spence and Mosley -- begin to show sings of mental disorder. Moby Grape managed to record two more albums with its original configuration participating before Spence and then Mosley left the band.
In 1969 Mosley joined the U.S. Marines, making it through basic training, only to be diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic (a mental condition that also afflicted Skip Spence) and was discharged from the Marines nine months later. He rejoined Grape for 1971's 20 Granite Creek album, but the group splintered after the album was completed. Mosley next signed with Reprise Records and his solo album, Bob Mosley, was released in 1972. By 1973 Mosley was listed as a ward of the State of California.