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One of the very early Grateful Dead songs that didn't last beyond their first year or so. Dennis McNally says that the song was "written by Garcia and sung by Lesh", though the writing credits on "Birth Of The Dead" are to all members of the Grateful Dead.

(1) in his book, "A Long Strange Trip," Dennis McNally quotes this line as "... a ragged and open stranger", but that's not what I hear.

Lyrics By
Grateful Dead
Music By
Jerry Garcia
Lyrics

Oh I know there is no place you can go to
And I know you don't know anyone at all
So come walking in the sun with me my little one
And remember that the only time is now

Well strange is the story your eyes tell me
And quiet all the few words that you say
So come and hold my hand for you see I'd understand
And remember that the only time is now

Oh I come to you a ragged laughing stranger (note 1)
And you come to me an angel of the night
So I'll dance and we will sing, for it doesn't mean a thing
To remember that the only time is now

So forget about your yesterdays of sorrow
And forget about the darkness you have seen
For there's only you and me at the edge of an endless sea
And remember that the only time is now

  • The Only Time Is Now
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    Oh I know there is no place you can go to
    And I know you don't know anyone at all
    So come walking in the sun with me my little one
    And remember that the only time is now

    Well strange is the story your eyes tell me
    And quiet all the few words that you say
    So come and hold my hand for you see I'd understand
    And remember that the only time is now

    Oh I come to you a ragged laughing stranger (note 1)
    And you come to me an angel of the night
    So I'll dance and we will sing, for it doesn't mean a thing
    To remember that the only time is now

    So forget about your yesterdays of sorrow
    And forget about the darkness you have seen
    For there's only you and me at the edge of an endless sea
    And remember that the only time is now

    One of the very early Grateful Dead songs that didn't last beyond their first year or so. Dennis McNally says that the song was "written by Garcia and sung by Lesh", though the writing credits on "Birth Of The Dead" are to all members of the Grateful Dead.

    (1) in his book, "A Long Strange Trip," Dennis McNally quotes this line as "... a ragged and open stranger", but that's not what I hear.