"I met Lightning in The BrookdaIe Lodge in Felton, CA in 1993. I was playing other people’s songs for money in the bar and Lightning drank. A lot. All day. Felton was a tiny town in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A hippie enclave, frozen in the year of my birth: 1969. It was a VW Bus, Big Brother, Berkley, Acid Test, Patchouli oil, Grateful Dead, war protest, Moby Grape, Fillmore West, Free love, Marijuana, Earth Mother kind of place. Neil Young lived up the road. To the east, lay San Jose and Silicon Valley and the world of cutting edge technology. Some of the craziest and most far out ideas of the 60’s generation came to life over the hill but in Felton, that sort of thing seemed very far away.
The Story Behind the Song . Lightning (Whalebone):