Grateful Dead

Robert Hunter Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

"Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?"

Congratulations to the esteemed Robert Hunter on his Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at last night's Americana Music Association awards ceremony. What's your favorite Hunter lyric?


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Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
not hard to find a favorite

There are things you can replace, and others you cannot.
The time has come to weigh those things.
This space is getting hot, you know this space is getting hot.

uponscrutiny's picture
Joined: Jan 18 2010
and another

"There are times when you offend me
And I do the same to you
If we can't or won't forget it
I guess we could be through"

Joined: Mar 25 2009
Much Deserved

Much congradulations and well deserved Mr. Hunter. Alot can be said for the emotions evoked by the rock solid lyrics Robert has treated us to over the years. I feel extremely grateful to have enjoyed his writings over the last 20yrs or so. A million thanks Mr. Robert Hunter. There are many grate lyrics to say I have one favorite would be a huge injustice. One that has long been one of my favorites.

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says "don't you see?"
Gotta make it somehow
On the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up
You got an empty cup
Only love can fill
Only love can fill

Been walking all morning
Went walking all night
I can't see much difference
Between the dark and light
And I feel the wind
And I taste the rain
Never in my mind
To cause so much pain

From day to day
Just letting it ride
You get so far away
From how it feels inside
You can't let go
'Cause you're afraid to fall
But the day may come
When you can't feel at all

just couldnt choose a sentence or two heavy lyrics
life altering words to say the least !

mp51's picture
Joined: Sep 19 2007

the wonderful thing about lyrics is that they can be so damn personal. this one is very special to my wife and me. for a few years i did a lot of commuting...

"get back home where you belong, and don't you run off no more..."

Joined: Jan 13 2010

"everything you gather is just more that you can lose"

Yes. you cite some great lyrics.

Very Tao.

Charbroiled's picture
Joined: Jun 19 2007
Mission in the Rain

Ten years ago I walked this street, my dreams were riding tall
Tonight I would be thankful Lord, for any dreams at all
Some folks would be happy just to have one dream come true
But everything you gather is just more that you can lose

Joined: Jan 13 2010

You are the man. Thank you for all the great lyrics over the years.

Lyrics are powerful. I don't listen to Days Between much, not because I don't like the song, but because of the lyrical power.

"Summer flies, and August dies, and the world grows dark and mean..."

"When phantom ships, with phantom sails, set to sea on phantom tides" (hope those are accurate)

getting misty just writing those

and all the other awesome lyrics

iceninedawg's picture
Joined: Jun 15 2007

So happy to hear that Robert Hunter received the peer recognition he so richly deserves...our community's collective recognition of his genius is long-standing and lovingly felt...there is no way in hell I could ever pick any favorite lyrics over any other of his lyrics...although, previous commenters have picked some good ones...I find that I use fragments of Hunter's lyrics in daily conversations at work with non-Deadheads...that is how deep Robert's lyrics have been embedded in my psyche...Robert, thank you for your body of work that has definitely enriched my life

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
Acceptance speech

Thanks to Deb Trist (of Dead Air Radio With Downtown Deb in Eugene)for passing this along.

Robert Hunter's acceptance speech from the Americana Music Awards:

In this digital world, where songwriter credits have largely disappeared along with royalties, I accept this award in the name of those who labor in anonymity in the song mines, hoping against hope for the hit that so rarely comes. The one that pays the rent and feeds the kids, if actual recognition is hardly to be expected. I accept it in the name of those who persue this uncertain occupation for the sake of the song itself.

As Ray Bradbury wrote: "Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life."

Joined: Jun 8 2007
robert hunter

my hero!!!! let there be songs to fill the air.....


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