Lost in the Dark and Snow

‘Till The Morning Comes’ is a song that was written and performed by the Grateful Dead, although Neil Young has a song with the same title.  This song was on the 1970 album American Beauty and it has lyrics by Robert Hunter and the music is by Jerry Garcia.  The song is a showcases of the Grateful Dead’s newly found strength as harmony vocalists, but it was only performed a few times in concert in the last few months of 1970, probably because of the difficulty in replicating the three-part harmonies between Phil, Jerry, and Bob all singing together.  Lyrically, it’s one of the band’s most obvious love songs, as it expresses the feeling of commitment in a life-affirming romance where a couple spends the night together.  It is one of the band’s most joyous recordings, but some people think the lyrics are sexist, saying that the guy only wants to spend the night with this chick and then the next day he is going to dump her.

At least it is romantic for one night, and I think that it could represent a lot more.  He encourages this girl to be with him and then when the morning comes, she can make up her mind if she wants to stay with him or not evidenced by these lyrics, “Leaving no doubt, Of the way on in or the way back out”, so if the loving she got was good she would be on her way into his heart, and if not then she could choose to back out.  He lets her know that he will watch out for her and protect her, because he considers her to be his woman and he just wants her to feel at ease around him.  He asks her not to think about her past and that she can let her tracks be lost in the dark and snow.  He wants this to be a magical night for both of them and he hopes that sparks are going to fly and things are going to happen as shadows grow, the cold winds blows, their relationship takes shape and then she must make up her mind and he hopes that she will choose him.

Till the morning comes
It’ll do you fine
Till the morning comes
Like a highway sign
Showing you the way
Leaving no doubt
Of the way on in or the way back out

Tell you what I’ll do
I’ll watch out for you
You’re my woman now
Make yourself easy
Make yourself easy
Make yourself easy

Till we all fall down
It’ll do you fine
Don’t think about
What you left behind
The way you came
Or the way you go
Let your tracks be lost in the dark and snow


When the shadows grow
It’ll do you fine
When the cold winds blow
It’ll ease your mind
The shape it takes
Could be yours to choose
What you may win, what you may lose

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 90 where this week’s theme is “snow” from the delightful 1970 Anne Murray song ‘Snowbird’ which was written by Gene MacLellan.

6 thoughts on “Lost in the Dark and Snow

  1. I was on this post last night and was about to comment…out goes the lights and I’m waking up this morning….Love the song and the album…Jim you might want to change the date of the album…

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