*Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia.
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
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.
I’ve never really been a Grateful Dead fan but I really dig this song. I’d never heard it before and one day out of the blue my dear auntie Melody sends me and email and turned me onto (it several years ago).
I listened to it—in the sterile design office I was working in at the time and it really touched me in an ineffable way. Perhaps I needed a break from that environment, perhaps the intentions of a close relative were too strong to ignore, maybe it was serendipity (if you believe in that)…better yet—it could be (that) it’s just a great song and words… or both.
What, in your opinion, is the meaning of this song, if any?
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