Grateful Dead

March 26 - April 1, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Week of March 26-April 1

This week there is plenty in the vault from the band’s recorded history, and we’re going to begin with music from five consecutive years in the mid-1980s, and then we’ll follow that up with some music from 1993 and 1973.

Starting our 1980s celebration will be some music from Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, CA. If you’ve never been, and you find yourself in Marin County, check this place out. It’s not fancy, and looks odd from the outside (it was, after all, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), but it just seems like a perfect place for the Grateful Dead to play. From 4/1/84, an early Rex Foundation benefit show, are these rocking versions of Big Railroad Blues and Cassidy.

Next up from 3/29/85 at Nassau Coliseum, is this interesting first-set jam of Supplication>My Brother Esau , drawn from the cassette master.

From 1986, drawn from the digital Beta PCM, we have a nice selection from the Spring tour. First up, from 3/30/86, is this second set opening combination of Touch of Grey>Samson and Delilah. There is certainly no denying the high level of energy the band brought on this tour. From the next night in Providence, 3/31/86, the combination of Roadrunner>West L.A. Fadeaway gives us one of the rare Roadrunners. A staple with Kingfish, it never made it into the Dead’s permanent repertoire. Also from the tour is this uncommon opener, from 4/1/86 in Hartford, featuring Gimme Some Lovin’>Little Red Rooster.

From a year later in Hartford, we have two nice segments from the first set on 3/26/87, the first featuring the show opening Midnight Hour>Cold Rain and Snow, a combination that wouldn’t have been out of place in 1966. Also from that show, this stellar Desolation Row>Bird Song pairing features exemplary performances of both songs. This is one of the few known tapes from that tour featuring a pure soundboard feed, which is a real shame considering how much great music was played on this “comeback” tour.

From 1988, at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, the band played a great three night run, on the heels of the monster three nights in Hampton. From 3/30/88, we have the reversed take on a classic: Uncle John’s Band>Playing In The Band>Uncle John’s Band (with a bit of static on the tape courtesy of the DAT masters), and from 4/1/88 we have the stunning opening trio of Mississippi Half-Step>Jack Straw>To Lay Me Down, with the latter only reappearing in the lineup the previous week in Hampton. Note that before Half-Step, the band plays a little ditty (Little Bunny Foo-Foo), with Weir saying “Thank you very much, we’ll be right back.” April Fool’s indeed.

In 1993, the band would return for its by-then yearly trip to the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, and from 3/28/93, this mighty High Time is one of the many highlights of the first set. And from the second set, this terrific Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain combination is the start of a great set.

Finally, what would the week be without a couple of jams from the 1970s, specifically this week in 1973. First of all is a nice Playing In The Band from 3/30/73 in Rochester, NY. Also from this week in the band’s recorded history, here’s Here Comes Sunshine, Greatest Story Ever Told from 3/26/73 in Baltimore (as always, complete with the master reel cut on Here Comes Sunshine). Finally, something we didn’t have time to play a couple of weeks ago, the show-opening China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from 3/16/73 at Nassau Coliseum, with a Bill Graham band introduction.

Be sure to come back next week for another good variety of Grateful Dead music, when we might play some 1972, 1973, 1982, 1988 and some other great music. You are encouraged to write with questions, comments and suggestions, so feel free to get in touch.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 13 2007

Fire On The Mountain
Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Mickey Hart
Long distance runner, what you standing there for? (note 1)
Get up, get off, get out of the door (note 2) (note 3)
You're playing cold music on the bar room floor
Drowned in your laughter and dead to the core
There's a dragon with matches that's loose on the town
Take a whole pail of water just to cool him down

Fire, fire on the mountain
Fire, fire on the mountain
Fire, fire on the mountain
Fire, fire on the mountain

Almost ablaze, still you don't feel the heat (note 4)
It takes all you got just to stay on the beat
You say it's a living, we all gotta eat
But you're here alone, there's no one to compete
If mercy's in business, I wish it for you
More than just ashes when your dreams come true

Long distance runner, what you holding out for (note 5)
Caught in slow motion in a dash to the door
The flame from your stage has now spread to the floor
You gave all you had, why you want to give more? (note 6)
The more that you give, the more it will take
To the thin line beyond which you really can't fake

(1) the original Mickey Hart 'rap' version starts "Wrong way Billy, what you standing there for?" On at least one occasion in 1977, Jerry sang "Wrong way runner ..." (thanks to Brian Schnapp for this)

(2) the sheet music has "Get up, get out ..." but Hunter wrote (and Jerry sang) "Get up, get off ..."

(3) the version Mickey Hart sings with Mystery Box and The Other Ones uses the line from the third verse here ("Caught in slow motion ...")

(4) this is what Jerry sang, but the Hunter lyrics are "Almost aflame ..." as in the Mickey Hart version.

(5) on at least some occasions (eg 8 May 1977) Garcia starts this verse "Long distance runner, with a foot out the door; caught in slow motion, fall on the floor"

(6) this is what Jerry sang, but the Hunter lyrics are "You gave all you got ..." and that's also what Mickey Hart does.


Joined: Jun 13 2007

Scarlet Begonias
Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Jerry Garcia

As I was walking round Grosvenor Square
Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air
From the other direction she was calling my eye (note 1)
It could be an illusion, but I might as well try
Might as well try
She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes
And I knew without asking she was into the blues
She wore scarlet begonias, tucked into her curls
I knew right away she was not like other girls
Other girls
In the thick of the evening when the dealing got rough (note 2)
She was too pat to open and too cool to bluff
As I picked up my matches and was closing the door
I had one of those flashes I had been there before
Been there before
Well I ain't often right but I've never been wrong
It seldom turns out the way it does in the song
Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right
Well there ain't nothing wrong with the way she moves
Scarlet begonias or a touch of the blues
And there's nothing wrong with the look that's in her eyes (note 3) (note 4)
I had to learn the hard way to let her pass by
Let her pass by


The wind in the willows playing Tea for Two
The sky was yellow and the sun was blue
Strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand
Everybody is playing in the heart of gold band
Heart of gold band
(1) Jerry occasionally sang "From the other direction, I was calling her eye"
(2) it often sounds as if Jerry sang "In the heat of the evening when the dealer got rough"
3) Jerry normally sang sings "the look that's in her eyes", though the original Hunter lyrics are "the love that's in her eye" - and that's what Hunter sings when he does it in concert.
(4) Jerry at least once sang "And there's nothing wrong with the way she caught my eye"
(5) there are a few minor differences between Garcia's and Hunter's version of the lyrics to this verse. Hunter has "... played Tea for Two" rather than "playing"; he also has "Strangers stop strangers" rather then "stopping".

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Cookies are like That, xo!

Just make sure you're eating
and not just carring Them around.
Cookies were meant to be shared,
when it's Christmas Time.
johnman would you like one, xo?
Maybe one day we will share a cookie
in the Parking Lot somewhere.
~~~~ Enjoy Some X~~~
Eye Candy, Have a look at this Priceless Gem!
Priceless Then and Priceless Now...
Some things just don't change, xo.


Lyrics By: John Barlow
Music By: Bob Weir

I have seen where the wolf has slept by the silver stream
I can tell by the mark he left, you were in his dream
Ah child of countless trees
Ah child of boundless seas
What you are, what you're meant to be
Speaks his name, Though you were born to me
Born to me, Cassidy
Lost now on the country miles in his Cadillac
I can tell by the way you smile, he is rolling back
Come wash the night-time clean
Come grow the scorched ground green
Blow the horn, tap the tambourine
Close the gap of the dark years in between
You and me, Cassidy
Quick beats in an icy heart
Catch colt draws a coffin cart
There he goes and now here she starts
Hear her cry
Flight of the seabirds
Scattered like lost words
Wheel to the storm and fly
Faring thee well now
Let your life proceed by its own designs
Nothing to tell now
Let the words be yours, I'm done with mine
Played frequently by Bob Weir with The Grateful Dead
and more recently with Ratdog And Phil Lesh & Friends.


Joined: Jun 13 2007
Ya never know what a week will

Thank you for digging this up.

A little dusty but....

An EARLY Christmas Stocking, to me!
Stuffed and falling out= Wow!

Looking back Mr.L, you should be so pleased...
you did this. Nice job- I'm stunned!

It's like a tray of Christmas Cookies...
Oh which one to try next>>>>

I'm gonna WAIT
for a few of them
I jumped right in.







in 1987

What a great time we had there!


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
that supplication jam

Jerry tries to steer it into Lazy Lightning (the drummers pick it up) before 'ol Bob nixes him and steers it into Esau...

Joined: Jun 27 2007

"Where's AM Dew from 3-27-94
On July 20th, 2007 DavidGlasses said:
Whenever I see the date of March 27, I always think of the Morning Dew from Nassau, 3-27-94. Epic. It should have been included here."
Yes! whenever I see the date March 27 I think of my birthday...maybe for 2008...something to look forward to ... ??

round and round

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Where's AM Dew from 3-27-94

Whenever I see the date of March 27, I always think of the Morning Dew from Nassau, 3-27-94. Epic. It should have been included here.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Enjoy Being!

I enjoy every lil bit of the Boys I can get now, it dont matter what year~ how bad Jerry was sounding~ none of it~ IS IT LIVE OR IS IT DEAD? Jerry went out kicking the smack~died in rehab...."Cant Win fer losing!" PHAT MAN ROCKS! Peace!

Joined: Jun 15 2007
ChinaRider said "If only he

ChinaRider said "If only he had been strong enough to stay away from the smack."
Cigarettes, bad diet and no excercise is what hurt Jerry. I'm not going to defend his drug use but put the blame for his health where it belongs. With a name like ChinaRider I figured you'd have a good understanding of it?

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
Love the music from this period...

But often feel meloncholy about the obvious effects the drugs were having on Jerry. The guitar is often brilliant, but the vocals betray the damage. If only he had been strong enough to stay away from the smack. Oh well, I love him dearly just the same and am thankful for the many many hours worth of joy he continues to provide to me.

If you get confused, listen to the music play!



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