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Friday, April 8, 2011

G Is For...

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G Is For...Grateful Dead

Jerry and the boys are one of my all-time favorite bands. I love their music, their words and the whole vibe. I know, seems like the antithesis of my snarky, hard-rock, horror film loving self. Well, I'll tell you that I had never intended to listen to the band, never paid attention to them except on a few oldies stations late at night while on a dark road to nowhere and trying to stay awake. Then I saw the film Mask and at the end when Rocky dies, there's this amazing piece of music that made me bawl my eyes out. It was a tune so sweet and poignant it whispered in my soul. From that moment on, I had to know more about the Dead. The song is called Ripple and I have the lyrics and the video below.

My experience with the Dead may have started with a movie soundtrack, but it escalated into some of the most joyous experiences of my life. I was privileged to see them in concert a handful times and met the most extraordinary people. My very best friend is a Deadhead and she brought me to my first Dead show at Soldier Field in Chicago. It was absolutely incredible. She also brought me to my very last show, in the same place, which turned out to be Jerry's last, July 9, 1995. Still have my ticket stub.

So without further ado, here is Ripple by The Grateful Dead

Ripple Lyrics

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music?
Would you hold it near, as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they're better left unsung
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of man

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall, you fall alone
If you should stand, then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way, I would take you home


  1. Never heard that song before, but wow, those lyrics are incredible!

  2. Thanks for that great trip down memory lane!

  3. Great entertainment. Thanks for sharing.

  4. well i hadn't heard of the band until now, but I was nodding my head to the song he he, and the lead singer looks like my grandad ha ha

  5. Those are amazing lyrics -- and I love the sketch at the start of your post. Poor George!

  6. I love the movie Mask and that Dead song! Not a deadhead but I do love their music :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  7. I don't think I'd ever listened to Grateful Dead until today and now I wish I had! Amazing song and lyrics.

    Ellie Garratt

  8. How sad that I've never listened to their music before. Thanks for the introduction.

  9. oh, will I end up like poor little George under a rug if I reveal that I never heard a single song from GRATEFUL DEAD :) But a picture of you, Melsy, rockin' and dancin' with some rock vibes always entertains me a lot :)))

  10. Nicely done. I'm having flashbacks and haven't eaten breakfast yet.

  11. I discovered the Dead in College, and I loved them!
    That scene in Mask was unforgettable!

  12. Not a fan but these are outstanding lyrics.

  13. Awesome, a Dead Head. Not my preferred music, but I respect those who dig it! And their exposure to mainstream culture came at such a necessary time of musical consciousness—the hippie and Vietnam years. Nice post!

  14. Great lyrics. Thank you! A ripple in still water. Love it.

  15. Hey Melissa - Great lyrics and fun post. xoxo

  16. I went to a GD concert when I lived in NYC. It was at the Meadowlands. I fainted about 1/2 hour into it because it was so hot in there. Maybe. I fainted a lot back then.

  17. Love George under the rug. I wouldn't have picked you for a Grateful Dead fan. I have tamer tastes, like U2.


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  18. 1. The Mask is the shit.

    2. Beautiful song!

    3. I love the Grateful Dead. Who doesn't? I practically grew up the Shakedown Street album and it never fails to make me uber happy. Great choice!

  19. I haven't seen those lyrics or heard that song in what seems like a lifetime. Thanks for the reminder.

  20. @Nebular George, those words haunted me the first time I heard the song probably will forever. :)

    @Siv You're welcome! :)

    @Gail Hi and welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

  21. @Demps, glad you liked the song. That's awesome that your grandad looks like Jerry Garcia. Mine looked a bit like Uncle Fester. :)

    @Talli Ripple is one of my favorite songs. Yes, poor George.:) Wait til you see what's in store for the unfortunate Hector.

    @Jules Mask has always been a favorite movie and this song just gets me every time. :)

  22. @Ellie Happy you love the song. The Grateful Dead are a great band and their music has such a colorful vibe.

    @Clarissa You're so welcome. It's never too late to start listening to great music. :)

    @Dez, LOL you won't end up like poor little George, my friend. I'll have to show you some pics from rock n rol all night days then. ;)

  23. Don't know a lot about the Grateful Dead or their music but I surely dig the lyrics.

  24. @Stephen Thanks! And flashbacks before breakfast, whoa. :)

    @Rachel Oh yeah that scene in Mask kills me every time I see it.

    @Giggles Mary, I'm happy you like the lyrics, they are beautiful.

    @Matt I love how you always leave such brilliant and witty comments. The Dead are a cultural phenom that definitely shook the world in their time.

  25. @KC Thanks!This song is incredible, the words so poignant.

    @RaShelle I'm having so much fun with this challenge. Glad you liked today's offering.

    @MPax Too bad you didn't get to enjoy the show. I hope you were able to go to another concert.

    @L'Aussie Denise I love U2. They are a great band. Poor George! Hector's in for it, too. :)

  26. @M Huf I think we must be sisters from another mother or something. I echo your thoughts completely.

    @Trisha You're so welcome. I'm glad my post brought the song back for you. :)

    @Jaccstev I'm glad you dig the lyrics. The Dead have some of the most thought-provoking songs I've ever heard.

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  28. Beautiful tribute, Grateful Dead is one of my favorite bands, I have recorded many shows, because curiously is a group that live in infinitely superior to disk, and the reason is because they are truly authentic.

  29. I've never really listened to them but maybe I should have! Thanks for sharing.

  30. I always liked their skeleton video. Figures...!


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