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The clips sound great, looking forward to the new album. The long strange trip continues. On the BUS since 12-29-1968, and I'm never getting off. "When I die bury me deep, put two speakers at my feet, pair of ear phones on my head, and always play The Grateful Dead."
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The recording sounds good. Could be fun to see live, especially with guest George Porter, Jr. on bass.
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http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/eleven.html: "Eight-sided whispering hallelujah hatrack" The Annotated "The Eleven" An installment in The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics. By David Dodd Copyright notice "The Eleven" Words by Robert Hunter; music by Phil Lesh Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. No more time to tell how This is the season of what Now is the time of returning With thought jewels polished and gleaming Now is the time past believing The child has relinquished the reign Now is the test of the boomerang Tossed in the night of redeeming Eight sided whispering hallelujah hatrack Seven faced marble eye transitory dream doll Six proud walkers on the jinglebell rainbow Five men writing in fingers of gold Four men tracking down the great white sperm whale Three girls wait in a foreign dominion Ride in the whale belly Fade away in moonlight Sink beneath the waters to the coral sand below Now is the time of returning "The Eleven" Recorded on Live Dead, as part of a four-part jam which includes "Dark Star," "Saint Stephen," "The Eleven," and "Lovelight." Also on Two From the Vault. According to Ihor Slabicky's discography, "The Eleven" was recorded for AOXOMOXOA, but not included on the album, where it would have followed "Saint Stephen." Covered by Solar Circus on Juggling Suns. After steady inclusion in the live repertoire from 1968 to 1970, "The Eleven" was dropped, to be revived once, at a concert in Golden Gate Park, on September 28, 1975. The piece is famous among Deadheads as a vehicle for furious jamming in an odd meter, 11 beats to the bar, presenting a unity of title and musical content, though not particularly of lyric content, since Hunter's countdown begins with not eleven, but eight. Counting songs are a long-standing tradition. Everyone knows "The Twelve Days of Christmas." But how about "Children, Go Where I Send Thee"? And of course, counting-rhymes are a major part of the heritage of nursery rhymes carried on by Hunter and Barlow both. One of the best known is "A Gaping Wide-Mouthed Waddling Frog" (a cumulative verse, ending up with the following): "Twelve huntsmen with horn and hounds, Hunting over other men's ground; Eleven ships sailing o'er the main, Some bound for France and some for Spain; Ten comets in the sky, Some low and some high; Nine peacocks in the air, I wonder how they all came there, I don't know, nor I don't care; [see "Ripple"] Eight joiners in joiner's hall, Working with their tools and all; Seven lobsters in a dish, As fresh as any heart could wish; Six beetles against a wall, Close by an old woman's apple-stall; Five puppies by our dog Ball, Who daily for their breakfast call; Four horses stuck in a bog, Three monkeys tied to a clog, Two pudding ends would choke a dog, With a gaping wide-mouthed waddling frog." The counting portion of "The Eleven" was originally included by Hunter as part of "China Cat Sunflower". (See Conversations with the Dead, by David Gans, p. 24-25) This note from a reader: Subject: AGDL: The Eleven Date: Thu, 15 Aug 96 12:00:27 EDT From: Jon Baker You note that the odd meter is "presenting a unity of title and musical content, though not particularly of lyrical content." Might I suggest another allusion in the 11-beat meter? The most popular (only?) classical piece I can think of with an 11-beat measure is the Promenade theme from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Perhaps the lyrics' floating from one image to another alludes to this wandering from one picture to another. Jonathan Baker pgmjjb@ibi.com And another note from a reader: From: Mitchell, Matthew [mailto:MMitchell@ECRI.org] Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 8:21 AM Subject: The Eleven A rather obvious reference to the Eleven came to mind Sunday. If you read the Acts of the Apostles, you'll see "the Eleven" referred to frequently: they are of course the apostles who remained after Judas fled and Christ was crucified and rose from the dead. (Mathias was added to their number later) The Eleven were the founders of the Christian church, and the Holy Spirit came over them at Pentecost (Acts 2). They began speaking in many different tongues, but everyone present understood the message in his or her own tongue. This can be seen as an undoing of the curse of Babel (Genesis 11), where God confused the languages and divided the people. See http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=bab… This all seems quite familiar to those of us who listen to the GD. They came from different musical traditions, listened to and played with an even greater diversity of musicians, and turned it all into a musical whole that speaks in different ways to different people. Everyone understands the Dead in their own tongue. Matt Mitchell Six proud walkers See Green Grow the Rushes, Ho!", for the line: "Six for the six proud walkers." A reader, Joe Zomerfeld, notes that this phrase parallels the line in "China Cat Sunflower": "Proud-walking jingle in the midnight sun" great white sperm whale An allusion to that greatest of all symbols in American Literature, Moby-Dick. Benet has this to say: "The whale, a symbol too complex for any one definition, but perhaps representing knowledge of reality, is hunted by Ahab at the cost of his own dehumanization and the sacrifice of his crew." ride in the whale belly Neatly tying the already mentioned symbol of the great white whale to the story of Jonah in the Bible. Chapter 2 of the Book of Jonah "sees Jonah saved from drowning by a 'great fish' and praying to God from its belly. God responds and the fish vomits him out." (The Anchor Bible Dictionary.) keywords: @numbers DeadBase code: [ELEV] First posted: March 17, 1995 Last revised: May 8, 2003 Eric Abrahamson, B.S.C.S (candidate) Yale University Class of '71 Pierson College P.O. Box 1112 2057 University Ave., Apt. 47, 94704 Berkeley, CA 94701-1112 510-356-8083 (mobile) 510-845-7342 (work) 510-809-1369 (home) ericabrahamson@aya.yale.edu
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Hey Bill, What about a Southern California show? I know you could sellout a club in So Cal. There are plenty of Deadheads in So Cal who would love to see your show. Please schedule a show in So Cal, We would love to see you!
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saw the show last night,,,,,,great,,,go see'm
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This all seems quite familiar to those of us who listen to the GD, the Promenade theme from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." "If you read the Acts of the Apostles, you'll see "the Eleven" referred to frequently: they are of course the apostles who remained after Judas fled and Christ was crucified and rose from the dead. (Mathias was added to their number later)Four horses stuck in a bog, Three monkeys tied to a clog, Two pudding ends would choke a dog, With a gaping wide-mouthed waddling frog Of Course, it's all clear to me now!
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"Here's my half a dollar if you dare .. double twist when you hit the air. Look at Julie down below .. the levee doing the dopaso"
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I went to see 7 Walkers with Billy Kreutzmann tonight at the Great American Music Hall and I think they're really good, and it's not just because I'm a longtime Deadhead, it's because of Papa Mali. He's one of the best Jerries. Maybe somebody will post the setlist. Eric Abrahamson, B.S.C.S (candidate) Yale University Class of '71 Pierson College P.O. Box 1112 2057 University Ave., Apt. 47, 94704 Berkeley, CA 94701-1112 510-356-8083 (mobile) 510-845-7342 (work) 510-809-1369 (home) ericabrahamson@aya.yale.ed
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thanks for the report!
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Great time Friday night... the group was tight and rocked hard. Awesome to hear some new stuff, and the old stuff was fresh too. GAMH is a great venue and Papi puts a great new spin on things. Bill is always great. Danced my ass off!! If you get a chance to catch them down the road... do it!
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Scott Indy Billy, Great sound, but I'm not suprised wouldn't have expected anything less from you Mr. Kruetzmann. One favor, please remember that there is this place called the Mid-West and we would love to have you book some dates....Indy...Chicago....Columbus....St. Louis etc. Eeven bring some new art or how's that wood carving going? Bring Amy also. "Woven Fish" 1-of-85 made my entire winter when I opened it on Christmas. Many thanks. Peace and blessings, Scott & Angie (Indianapolis)
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was a Saturday Night on a Thursday!Excellent show start to finish, woohoo! 7 Walkers is a must see for the faithful and all inbetween. Go and see these guys you'll love it! I had so much fun... Thank You All! The instruments all worked so well with each other and the 7 instruments rocked me right! Wow, just got up a few minutes ago and wished I had a CD to put on and recap. Left me wishing for more, ahhhhhhhh. The McLovins opened up and I really was late getting there so I didn't see much of their show; but they were fantastic! The music was flowing like a river of sound, great job y'all. The time inbetween shows was great for drinking and hanging. Then the 7 Walkers took the stage and I did not know what to expect as this was my first time seeing them. I was sure it was going to be good as I am schooled in such things but once the first note ripped the sounds open OMG...it was brand new but steeped in rock and roll history. The drums, riffs, bass, harmonica, keys, trombome, and lyrics transported me into a brand new experience that had me dancing and smiling in a brand new old-fashioned kinda way! The GD tunes tucked me in right and the new Robert Hunter music feels necessary as it was so right and real and well played, Bravo! This CD will be a must have. I cannot wait til that CD is out, don't miss out on that sound ya'll. What a wonderful "show". "This is awesome!"...I thought to myself, in the midnight hour, at the Revolution Hall! Rock on 7 Walkers! ---------------(------@ Bravo! In peace and lovingkindness, SherBear
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The Greatest Story Ever Told Eric Abrahamson, B.S.C.S (candidate) Yale University Class of '71 Pierson College P.O. Box 1112 2057 University Ave., Apt. 47, 94704 Berkeley, CA 94701-1112 510-356-8083 (mobile) 510-845-7342 (work) 510-809-1369 (home) ericabrahamson@aya.yale.ed
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these spring summer dates seem NOT Updated -maybe my calendar is off.. Nuthin left to do ....
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Any chance of some dates in europe? It's been years since any dead related artist came over.
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Can't agree more!, please Billy.
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    9 years 1 month ago
    European Tour
    Can't agree more!, please Billy.
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    GivingItOomphO…
    9 years 5 months ago
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    Any chance of some dates in europe? It's been years since any dead related artist came over.
  • sneakyjack2
    9 years 5 months ago
    these spring summer dates
    these spring summer dates seem NOT Updated -maybe my calendar is off.. Nuthin left to do ....