This is the first song on the Grateful Dead's first studio album, and along with "Cream Puff War
," the only original.
Appearing in March 1967, "The Golden Road" was the perfect song to usher in the Summer of Love, when Hippies, Flower Children, counterculture folks, whatever-your-preferred-nomenclature flooded San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.
The lyrics in "The Golden Road" talk about a barefoot girl with "dancing in her feet" and the ability to live on the street (a trait identified with the Hippies). It also talks about taking a vacation and smoking (weed being a major part of the scene) and calls listeners to "come and join the party."
There's probably no band more inextricably linked with the Hippies and the Haight than the Grateful Dead, and there's no Dead song that more accurately presaged the Summer of Love.