This is one of the most moving Grateful Dead songs, they started playing this by the end of ’93 till ’95. Jerry’s voice make it so chilling, hard to explain. Why am I writing this now ? Well I started listening to some Dead songs again, and remembered this one again, hadnt heard it in a while, looked up the lyrics and found this interesting link :).
For those interested, there are a whole bunch of shows featuring this song down at http://www.archive.org. Here’s the lyrics:
Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
There were days and there were days and there were days between Summer flies and August dies the world grows dark and mean Comes the shimmer of the moon on black infested trees the singing man is at his song the holy on their knees the reckless are out wrecking the timid plead their pleas No one knows much more of this than anyone can see anyone can see There were days and there were days and there were days besides when phantom ships with phantom sails set to sea on phantom tides Comes the lightning of the sun on bright unfocused eyes the blue of yet another day a springtime wet with sighs a hopeful candle lingers in the land of lullabies where headless horsemen vanish with wild and lonely cries lonely cries There were days and there were days and there were days I know when all we ever wanted was to learn and love and grow Once we grew into our shoes we told them where to go walked halfway around the world on promise of the glow stood upon a mountain top walked barefoot in the snow gave the best we had to give how much we'll never know we'll never know There were days and there were days and there were days between polished like a golden bowl the finest ever seen Hearts of Summer held in trust still tender, young and green left on shelves collecting dust not knowing what they mean valentines of flesh and blood as soft as velveteen hoping love would not forsake the days that lie between lie between