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One of the new songs Phil introduced to the Dead in 1994

(1) Phil sometimes sings the first two lines of this verse in the opposite order, though this seems to be the "official" ordering.

Lyrics By
Andrew Charles
Music By
Phil Lesh
Lyrics

Will your high hopes get you there
Goal so far and yet so near
You can't ignore the writing on the wall
Every time you rise you fall
End's nowhere in sight at all
Why should you pick it up and try again

Give it up, 'cause you can't win
Let it go while you still can
Gave it all you had, now you're feelin' bad
So you're gone, ready to roam
You come on so strong with that same sad song
Wherever you go
Run along, take your ball and go home

Promised yet another chance
Forbidden just a single glance
So much rides on what you say and do
Discarded truths and famous myths
Tales that life deceives you with
Certain things you always thought you knew

Helpful hands that pull you down (note 1)
Smaller minds turn you around
Friends in need are never really true
So why should you put trust in this
The bridge above the dark abyss
You never learned you can't make all the rules

Run along, take your ball and go home
Take a hike, we ain't got all night
Take your ball, get out my house, go home

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    Will your high hopes get you there
    Goal so far and yet so near
    You can't ignore the writing on the wall
    Every time you rise you fall
    End's nowhere in sight at all
    Why should you pick it up and try again

    Give it up, 'cause you can't win
    Let it go while you still can
    Gave it all you had, now you're feelin' bad
    So you're gone, ready to roam
    You come on so strong with that same sad song
    Wherever you go
    Run along, take your ball and go home

    Promised yet another chance
    Forbidden just a single glance
    So much rides on what you say and do
    Discarded truths and famous myths
    Tales that life deceives you with
    Certain things you always thought you knew

    Helpful hands that pull you down (note 1)
    Smaller minds turn you around
    Friends in need are never really true
    So why should you put trust in this
    The bridge above the dark abyss
    You never learned you can't make all the rules

    Run along, take your ball and go home
    Take a hike, we ain't got all night
    Take your ball, get out my house, go home

    One of the new songs Phil introduced to the Dead in 1994

    (1) Phil sometimes sings the first two lines of this verse in the opposite order, though this seems to be the "official" ordering.