Grateful Dead

Estimated Prophet

Lyrics By: John Barlow
Music By: Bob Weir

My time coming any day, don't worry 'bout me, no
Been so long I felt this way, I'm in no hurry no
Rainbows end down that highway where ocean breezes blow
My time coming, voices saying, they tell me where to go (note 1)
Don't you worry 'bout me--oh no no, don't worry 'bout me, no
And I'm in no hurry--oh no no no, I know where to go

California, preaching on the burning shore
California, I'll be knocking on the golden door
Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine

My time coming any day, don't worry 'bout me, no
It's gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so
Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passing slow (note 2)
Still I know I lead the way, they tell me where I go

Don't you worry 'bout me--oh, no, no, don't worry 'bout me, no
And I'm in no hurry--oh, no, no, no, I know where to go

California, a prophet on the burning shore
California, I'll be knocking on the golden door
Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine

You've all been asleep, you would not believe me
Them voices telling me, you will soon receive me
We're standing on the beach, the sea will part before me (note 3)
Fire wheel burning in the air
You will follow me and we will ride to glory (note 4)
Way up in the middle of the air
And I'll call down thunder and speak the same
And my words fills the sky with flame (note 5)
And might and glory gonna be my name
And men gonna light my way

My time coming any day, don't worry 'bout me, no
It's gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so
Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passing slow (note 6)
My time coming any day, don't worry 'bout me, no
Don't you worry 'bout me--oh, no, no, don't worry 'bout me, no
And I'm in no hurry--oh, no, no, don't worry 'bout me, no
And I'm in no hurry--oh, no, no, no, I know where to go
[etc]

Played regularly by the Dead from 1977, and more recently by Ratdog and The Other Ones.

(1) Bob Weir often sang "... where I'll go" instead of "... where to go"

(2) Bob Weir often forget/amended this line, singing variants such as "Been so long I felt this way, but I'm in no hurry, no"

(3) "Standing on the beach ..." seems to be correct, though it sometimes sounds as if Bob sang "Shining ..."

(4) "... ride to glory" is what Barlow has in his published lyrics, though it sounds as if Bob Weir sings "... rise to glory"

(5) the sheet music has "My work ..." but I think that is a mistake

(6) Bob Weir sometimes sang "This afternoon, streets turned grey and I watched the cars below" as an alternative line (eg on Dick's Picks Vol 3)

Estimated Prophet