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  posted on 5/9/2004 at 07:21 PM
Been listening to the band play this and I realised I did'nt know the history of the song. Anyone help me ?

 

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  posted on 5/9/2004 at 07:36 PM
Warren wrote Patchwork Quilt right after Jerry's death I believe. It's about the feelings he had right when he heard Jerry had died. The ABB were playing a show with the Black Crowes at Jones Beach and there was just this somber mood. The first time it was played live was in '99 at Mountain Aire I believe, Warren's first show with Phil & Friends. Since then, Phil & Friends have been playing it regularly, and it appeared on There and Back Again, which is an unbelievable album. The ABB played it with some regularity starting last year at the Beacon run. Derek takes the solos. Mule also started playing it sometime last year, I think the first time may have been at the Saenger 5/5/03. Warren also plays it at his accoustic shows. Hope this helps.
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  posted on 5/9/2004 at 07:43 PM
Thanks david. I never realised that warren wrote the song. I figured it as some obscure classic. Our man Has a huge talent. Lucky to have him

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  posted on 5/9/2004 at 08:15 PM
not 100% sure, but I believe Warren wrote the song w/ long-time Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2004 at 08:18 PM
Get's better. Thats amazing

 

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  posted on 5/9/2004 at 08:49 PM
Patchwork Quilt is all Warren. It's Lay of the Sunflower that is a Haynes/Hunter song. He talked to HTN a while ago about what a privilege it was to get to go through Hunter's files and find those lyrics.

dmiller is right- the Mule has played the song 14 times, and the first one was 5/3/03 in New Orleans. I was lucky enough to see them do it in Chicago last year. The Allmans actually played Patchwork Quilt only 5 times last year, all but one at the Beacon (saw one of those too, closing night, with Rob Barraco subbing for Gregg). The other time was on the anniversary of Garcia's death, which makes sense since that's the date it was written about. That's a cool version; it's pretty much just Warren, Derek, Marc and Oteil. But I guess the band is done with it now.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 02:16 AM
The ending of the song is very spare but says so much, at least to me. I don't think Warren was ever a Deadhead but he sure pegged Garcia and Jerry's impact on me in 4 words: "Bright lights, Dark Star..."

 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 07:59 AM
there is a beautiful version of Patchwork Quilt on the ABB Charlotte Instant Live set (8/9/03).

 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 10:17 AM
That's the one Marley was talking about, on the anniversary of Jerry's death.
 

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Patchwork Quilt is all Warren. It's Lay of the Sunflower that is a Haynes/Hunter song.


Ahhh, that's right. I knew one of them was written w/ Hunter. I stand corrected!

 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 11:28 AM
I believe Jerry passed away on July 9th, 1995, not August 9th. The Charlotte version is still good, regardless of whether it had any special anniversary significance.

That really is a poignant song. I wasn't the most rabid Deadhead, but I had many friends who were, and the impact of Jerry's death is hard to describe. Dozens of people I knew personally had their entire lives changed overnight, and "Patchwork Quilt" does a good job of echoing the shock and sadness of that tragic occasion.

 
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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 11:40 AM
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I believe Jerry passed away on July 9th, 1995, not August 9th. The Charlotte version is still good, regardless of whether it had any special anniversary significance.

That really is a poignant song. I wasn't the most rabid Deadhead, but I had many friends who were, and the impact of Jerry's death is hard to describe. Dozens of people I knew personally had their entire lives changed overnight, and "Patchwork Quilt" does a good job of echoing the shock and sadness of that tragic occasion.


Jerry passed away on August 9, 1995 at approx 8:30 am pacific time from what I remember, but definitely August 9. I remember the second I heard that Jerry had died. It was horrid, I cried for hours and just listened to the dead for days. I was on vacation with my family and it ruined the entire trip.

My first dead related shows after Jerry's death was the beach to peach shows in Raleigh & Charlotte of 2001. Phil & Friends played patchwork the second night and that was the first time I had heard it. It was such a refreshing yet somber moment. Those 2 shows really did alot to help me get back into the music and that song summed up exactly how I felt after Jerry's death.

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 12:10 PM
The Dead's last show was July 9th in Chicago, that's what I was thinking. Sorry about that.
 
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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 12:24 PM
I love this song, the words and feelings are so compelling. The Deepest End, live from Saenger, is a great rendition. I think it includes Bela Fleck. I am also happy to hear that Warren is playing it acoustically. I was wondering what songs I will hear on June 9 at Town Hall.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 12:38 PM
The version from charlotte , on Instant live has got to be the best, I was there and at the august 2001 show and have numerous other versions and the IL version stands out with just Warren, Derek, Oteil and Marc is pretty cool

 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 12:50 PM
I'm a huge fan of the studio version from TABA, the emotion in the solos from Jimmy and Rob is great. Warren has been playing the accoustic version of this song for a while now at most of his accoustic shows. The one I remember seeing was 10/11/02 Warren came out before the Mule show and played a special accoustic set that included The Real Thing, Patchwork Quilt, and One (U2 song). Great night.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 02:04 PM
I second that about Jimmy's solo and Rob's piano on the Phil and Friends disc... I think Bela's playing may make the Deepest End version even better, but they're both great.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 04:41 PM
I never knew you
But then who really did?
If you were at all like me
You managed to keep yourself hid
A patchwork quilt of a life
Memories embroidered
On your soul

So please forgive me
For putting you in my song
But the spirit she moves me
In fact she pushes me along
It's a patchwork quilt of a life
Can't stop the river
Just let it roll

We were at Jones Beach
When we got the word
Saddest sound that I ever heard
The bluest note that nobody could play
Ravens sang with us that night on the stage
Tears of sadness, tears of rage
But nobody spoke, we all felt old
And in the way

So walk beside me
Or above me, I don't know
These days it sure seems
I'm lost where ever I go

God, how could you, I heard someone say
And what do we do with our lives now anyway?
Now that our North Star can no longer be found

But there's a banjo moon in a tie-dyed sky
Hippies dance and babies cry
Church bells ring as a silver-haired angel look down
And the blood of his music runs through the veins of our guitars
Bright lights, Dark Star

I never knew you
But then who really did
If you were at all like me
You managed to keep yourself hid

 

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  posted on 5/10/2004 at 05:43 PM
Thanks Karen beautiful words by our man

 

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  posted on 5/11/2004 at 06:59 AM
Anyone know the chords for this or where to find them?
I've searched before for a tab and couldn't find it, and wish I could just listen to a song and figure it out, but can't.
I'd love to play this out sometime.

 

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I always thought this was a perfect line for Jerry but turns out Warren wrote down these words in '91 upon hearing of the death of Bill Graham. When he was writing this tune he decided to include these lyrics which makes sense on so many levels to me. Bill is forever tied to the legacy and history of both the Dead and ABB so including him in this song, to me, seems like a stroke of pure genius by our man, Warren Haynes.

God bless Warren Haynes!

 

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Anyone know the chords for this or where to find them?
I've searched before for a tab and couldn't find it, and wish I could just listen to a song and figure it out, but can't.
I'd love to play this out sometime.


Go to the Shop Talk Forum- Marley's got 'em posted on page 4 of the chords & Tab thread.

 

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  posted on 5/11/2004 at 08:49 AM
I agree the song really shines with Bela on the Deepest End DVD.

 

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