Dead 25 Years

Jerry Garcia was 53 years old when his long, strange trip came to an end, on August 9, 1995, and I thought that I would commemorate this great guitarist with a tribute modeled after what I saw on Hack’s Back pages last Friday where he made a quiz out of song lyrics from the Beatles.  I made a list of 41 Grateful Dead songs that Jerry sings lead vocals in and I will give you one line in the lyrics and you will try to name the song, without looking it up on Google, or asking Cortina, or Siri or Alexa.  Just like what Hack did for the Beatles, I will divide these songs up into three categories, easy, intermediate and difficult and you can attempt either one, or try all three.  I will create another blog post later on Monday with the quiz answers so you can see how you did.  If you desire, you can submit your answers in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

1) At a quarter to ten you know it’s travelling again
2) If I get home before daylight I just might get some sleep
3) That was not made by the hands of man
4) Don’t murder me, I beg of you don’t murder me
5) The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean
6) Krazy Kat peeking through a lace bandana
7) Like a steam locomotive rolling down the track
8) Please forget you knew my name
9) Goes to show, you don’t ever know
10) Full of tastes no tongue can know, and lights no eyes can see
11) Wishing well with a golden bell
12) I’m Uncle Sam, that’s who I am

13) I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune
14) Listen to the river sing sweet songs
15) Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air
16) Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings
17) Run around the corner, corner, Lord run smack in to a tree
18) All I know she sang a little while and then flew on
19) Come all you pretty women with your hair a-hanging down
20) Now listen here baby
21) Dust off those rusty strings just one more time
22) Singing thank you, for a real good time
23) Asked me for a dime, a dime for a cup of coffee
24) Dum dee dum dee doodley doo
25) When you get back you better butter my bread
26) You keep me up just one more night

27) If you got nothing new to say
28) In another time’s forgotten space
29) Let the world go by, all lost in dreaming
30) And sing me a song of my own
31) Let your tracks be lost in the dark and snow
32) Crippled but free
33) But who can the weather command
34) It ain’t never gonna end
35) Lord, you know they made a fine connection
36) Hang your heart on laughing willow
37) Some rise, some fall, some climb
38) But the heart has its beaches, its homeland and thoughts of its own
39) Put your gold money where your love is baby
40) You know you got such dark eyes!
41) And try to keep a little grace

15 thoughts on “Dead 25 Years

  1. Thanks, newepicauthor, for the shout-out for Hack’s Back Pages! ( As I surmised, I did not do well on your quiz — 4 easy (#1, #2, #4, #12), 1 intermediate (#16), 1 difficult (#38). I am only a modest fan of the Dead — I own five albums and a “Best of” CD. I enjoy a lot of their music but there are whole albums I don’t know at all… I look forward to seeing the answers and then seeking out those songs to become more familiar with Captain Trips’ best moments. BTW, I am working on a profile of the Dead for next week’s blog post. I hope I do them justice! Rock on!

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  2. 1 Casey Jones, 2 Friend of the Devil, 16 US Blues, 8 is Sugaree

    Holy crap…I’m awful..I’m going to come back after fishing with a fresh mind…it’s a great idea… I was looking for Cows giving Kerosene or Well the first days are the hardest days… Jim this is a good one…but hard as hell.

    I’m also going to look at the Beatles post and see how I do also.


  3. Cow is giving kerosene, kid can’t read at seventeen would have been a nice line to include, but I went with 41) And try to keep a little grace. Thanks for giving this a try and let me know how you do with the Beatles post.


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