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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: To Lay Me Down Reply with quote

This is a great melancholy but uplifting song, dare I say a "special" song, very moving to me.
4 1 88 has a great To Lay Me Down, great show, just listened to that one.
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Kind of rare in the repertoire, although some of the bigger shows in the GD canon such as 11/11/73, 6/23/74, 9/18/74 and 10/13/81 feature this song. Also the Warfield run and Radio City Music Hall shows.
I can't find the book right now, but the Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics afterword by Barlow features a heartbreaking story about him involving this song and a woman if I remember correctly.
According to Hunter, this song was written on the same day as Ripple and Brokedown Palace.
Any and all thoughts on this song are welcome, unless I missed it, I don't think there is a prior thread here on this tune.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, I need to be in the mood for TLMD -- but when I am, it always floors me. 9/18/90 is another top-notch version, and the "acoustic" one from 9/20/70 with the mystery instrumentation is less intense, but has that deep burning glow at its center that is really powerful. I also enjoy the incomplete American Beauty outtake that was on one of the box sets.

I believe that the Cowboy Junkies also did a nice rendition of it on a rarities/b-sides collection.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

08-03-82 Starlight.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could be having a moment here, but I seem to remember one out of nowhere on 3/27/88 that is pretty cool, and the crowd loves it.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
I could be having a moment here, but I seem to remember one out of nowhere on 3/27/88 that is pretty cool, and the crowd loves it.


The late 80's breakout/return. Very nice I agree.
4/23/88 is a solid one.
10/19/74 is sweet, as are 6/23/74 and 6/28/74.
I love the 1980 acoustic ones, and if memory serves me, there are some really good ones in 81 (played 11 times) - 3/23/81 and 7/14/81 maybe??

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah that 3/27/88 came out of nowhere and we did love it! Lots of smiling faces around for everyone. Another good Hampton moment. Of course it in no way compares to the Box of Rain or Help>Slip> Frank returns. Seems there was a rumor of another big rebirthing at that venue but for some reason I can't ( refuse ) to recall what that might have been. Laughing

Lake Placid 10/17/83 kind of came out of nowhere as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would take this over Box of Rain 100 times out of 10. My favorite version is also the only one I saw, though not for that reason: 9-18-90 (if I have the date right, the Tuesday show and on a Road Trip).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This song has been boring me lately. I know its a "classic" and could be a rarity (and there are some great versions) but sometimes its just to slow, low key and sweet. Except for the last few minutes.
I'd rather hear FOTD or Row Jimmy for the slow ballad.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is actually one of my favorites. But they never played it much so I don't get sick of it. I love Row Jimmy, but I don't always want to hear it. I never quite got my head around slow FOTD, sometimes it's great but sometimes it seems a dragger. Also some versions Bobby is allowed to play a solo which is painful and wrong.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The version of this song from Jerry's solo acoustic show has so much feeling. You can easily notice that Jerry had this crowd in the palm of his hand. They were holding onto every single delicate note. And he did not disappoint.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ramblin_Joe wrote:
The version of this song from Jerry's solo acoustic show has so much feeling. You can easily notice that Jerry had this crowd in the palm of his hand. They were holding onto every single delicate note. And he did not disappoint.

1982-4-10: Capital Theater (Early Show)

Those two shows... are they released on an official release somewhere?
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