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R.I.P. Bob Hunter (Grateful Dead Lyricist)


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SymbiosisBC #1 Posted Sep 24 2019 - 21:36

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R.I.P. Bob.  This old Deadhead is grateful for your smooth words...

 

"You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change."  ~ Tim Cook

 

 



SymbiosisBC #2 Posted Sep 24 2019 - 21:49

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Ripple
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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 men


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

 

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“Ripple” is the sixth song on the Grateful Dead album American Beauty. It was released as the B-side to the single “Truckin'”.  Robert Hunter wrote this song in 1970 in London in the same afternoon he wrote “Brokedown Palace” and “To Lay Me Down” (reputedly also drinking half a bottle of retsina in the process). The song debuted August 18, 1970 at Fillmore West in San Francisco. Jerry Garcia wrote the music to this song.

 

Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter Dead at 78



Aoxomoxoa_ #3 Posted Sep 24 2019 - 22:13

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Man I just saw this post and R.I.P. Bob Hunter. My second son was named in good part because of how much I loved this song St. Stephen. It was one of the first two songs, Lyrically, along with China Cat Sunflower, that he sent to Jerry Garcia at Jerry's request. Jerry then asked him to come to the Bay Area and write for the band. Thanks for putting it up!



heavymetal1967 #4 Posted Sep 24 2019 - 22:43

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:(  RIP Mr. Hunter.

 

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/robert-hunter-grateful-dead-dead-889788/

 

He wasn't too shabby of a singer or player either.

 

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Aoxomoxoa_ #5 Posted Sep 24 2019 - 22:52

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ST. STEPHEN

lyrics by Bob Hunter, Music by Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir.

On the Album Aoxomoxoa from 1969.(yeah I'm definitely a Deadhead)

 

 

Saint Stephen with a rose, in and out of the garden he goes
Country garden in the wind and the rain
Wherever he goes the people all complain

 

Stephen prospered in his time, well he may and he may decline
Did it matter, does it now? Stephen would answer if he only knew how
Wishing well with a golden bell, bucket hanging clear to hell
Hell halfway twixt now and then
Stephen fill it up and lower down and lower down again

 

Lady finger, dipped in moonlight, writing "What for?" across the morning sky
Sunlight splatters, dawn with answer, darkness shrugs and bids the day goodbye

 

Speeding arrow, sharp and narrow
What a lot of fleeting matters you have spurned
Several seasons with their treasons
Wrap the babe in scarlet colors, call it your own
Did he doubt or did he try? Answers aplenty in the bye and bye
Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills
One man gathers what another man spills

 

Saint Stephen will remain, all he's lost he shall regain
Seashore washed by the suds and foam,
Been here so long, he's got to calling it home

 

Fortune comes a crawlin', calliope woman, spinnin' that curious sense of your own
Can you answer, yes I can
But what would be the answer to the answer man?

 



iadreamer #6 Posted Sep 25 2019 - 01:22

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Uncle John's Band.  One of my most favorist favorite songs EVER!!!  RIP Mr Hunter!

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Edited by iadreamer, Sep 25 2019 - 01:28.





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