First, the album starts off with my favorite Dead song ever, perhaps because it reminds me of 2 girls in particular: the firt loved in college before I could even talk to ladies and the econd my favorite, literate baartender who ignored my great charm, intellect, and sense of humour and who thoroughly spurned my advances:
See that girl, barefootin' along,C'est la vie.
Whistlin' and singin', she's a carryin' on.
There's laughing in her eyes, dancing in her feet....
Next, although skeptical of painting metaphors with a broad brush, perhaps the album embodied the era and start of so-called hippy culture: carefree, dancing along, and with this band one sort of must mention LSD as an influence.
Although in the current era "drugs" have become considered "evil" and "bad."
"it's a valiant attempt to corral the group's hydra-headed psychedelic jug-band music " http://www.allmusic.com/album/grateful-dead-mw0001998802