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(1) It sounds as if in the very earliest performances (such as 22 October 1967), Jerry sings "Their breath was cold and bated" (thanks to Wil Gehne for pointing this out).

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Jerry Garcia
Music By
Jerry Garcia
Lyrics

The other day they waited
The sky was dark and faded (note 1)
Solemnly they stated
He has to die
You know he has to die

And all the children learning
From books that they were burning
Every leaf was turning
To watch him die
You know he has to die

The summer sun looked down on him
His mother could but frown on him
And all the others sound on him
But it doesn't seem to matter

And when the day had ended
With rainbow colours blended
His mind remained unbended
He had to die
You know he had to die
You know he had to die

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    The other day they waited
    The sky was dark and faded (note 1)
    Solemnly they stated
    He has to die
    You know he has to die

    And all the children learning
    From books that they were burning
    Every leaf was turning
    To watch him die
    You know he has to die

    The summer sun looked down on him
    His mother could but frown on him
    And all the others sound on him
    But it doesn't seem to matter

    And when the day had ended
    With rainbow colours blended
    His mind remained unbended
    He had to die
    You know he had to die
    You know he had to die

    (1) It sounds as if in the very earliest performances (such as 22 October 1967), Jerry sings "Their breath was cold and bated" (thanks to Wil Gehne for pointing this out).