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Played a few times by the Dead in 1968--and not to be confused with the traditional "Oh My Darling Clementine". The lyric is not in Robert Hunter's book "Box Of Rain", but he has confirmed he wrote it.

The only versions by the Grateful Dead that circulate are 20 Jan, 23 Jan and 2 Feb 1968 (on "So Many Roads") and 26 Jan 1969. Thanks to Brad Dilli, Melanie Ryan, Jeff Lester, Andrew Sonnabend and Ihor Slabicky for help with the lyrics.

Lyrics By
Robert Hunter
Music By
Phil Lesh
Lyrics

Chopped olive sandwiches, roses and wine
Cold ripe persimmons, my sweet Clementine

There's a chill in the meadow, of bottomless time
I go on, I go on, I cannot fill my cup
There's a hole in the bottom, the spring has dried up

I run through the forests of linear time
Chop through the branches and cut through the vines

I'll be back in a moment, though it may take me years
In the lava rock canyons corroded with fears
Of corruptible bodies and grief beyond tears

I'll go on till I hear the sweet voices behind
That I've left for the comfort of cold Clementine

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    Chopped olive sandwiches, roses and wine
    Cold ripe persimmons, my sweet Clementine

    There's a chill in the meadow, of bottomless time
    I go on, I go on, I cannot fill my cup
    There's a hole in the bottom, the spring has dried up

    I run through the forests of linear time
    Chop through the branches and cut through the vines

    I'll be back in a moment, though it may take me years
    In the lava rock canyons corroded with fears
    Of corruptible bodies and grief beyond tears

    I'll go on till I hear the sweet voices behind
    That I've left for the comfort of cold Clementine

    Played a few times by the Dead in 1968--and not to be confused with the traditional "Oh My Darling Clementine". The lyric is not in Robert Hunter's book "Box Of Rain", but he has confirmed he wrote it.

    The only versions by the Grateful Dead that circulate are 20 Jan, 23 Jan and 2 Feb 1968 (on "So Many Roads") and 26 Jan 1969. Thanks to Brad Dilli, Melanie Ryan, Jeff Lester, Andrew Sonnabend and Ihor Slabicky for help with the lyrics.