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  posted on 11/3/2003 at 06:58 PM
Aint that a great Hunter Garcia tune

Jerry's voice

 

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  posted on 11/3/2003 at 06:59 PM
Dont skeeer me like that yurtle. I thought somebody died..

 

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  posted on 11/3/2003 at 07:12 PM
epic...

....and nothing's gonna bring him back

 

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  posted on 11/3/2003 at 07:47 PM
I'm pretty sure that tune was written with Neal Cassady in mind. Here is a little background if you want it...

Neal Cassady
"The bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began
There was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of the bus to Nevereverland"
('The Other One', Grateful Dead)
"N.C., secret hero of these poems ..."
('Howl' by Allen Ginsberg)

The real genius behind the Beat movement in literature never published a book during his life. He appeared as a main character in many books, though, from 'Go' by John Clellon Holmes to 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac to 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' by Tom Wolfe. His free-flowing letter writing style inspired the young Kerouac to break his ties to the sentimental style he'd picked up from Thomas Wolfe and invent his notion of 'spontaneous prose.' Without Neal Cassady, the Beat Generation would never have happened.

Neal Cassady was born on February 8, 1926 and raised by an alcoholic father in the skid row hotels of Denver's Larimer Street. A car thief with a unique ability to charm strangers,he spent time in reform schools and juvenile prisons and developed the suave instincts of a con artist, although he never seemed to want to con anybody out of more than a ten-dollar bill, a roll in the hay or a good conversation.

A friend named Hal Chase left Denver to enroll at Columbia University, and Cassady traveled to New York to visit him in December 1946. It was here that he met Kerouac and Ginsberg. Ginsberg immediately fell in love with him, and Cassady, who had a hustler's instinct to be whatever the person he's with wants him to be, began a sexual relationship with Ginsberg, balancing it with the numerous heterosexual relationships he enjoyed more. At the same time, he persuaded Kerouac to teach him how to write fiction.

Complete article here: http://www.charm.net/~brooklyn/People/NealCassady.html

 

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  posted on 11/3/2003 at 10:19 PM
Don't do that again, Yurtle.

That's some Interesting background there, Billy. If you go to the Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics site, they talk some more about Cowboy Neal and the song The Other One.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2003 at 11:18 PM
I always related the song to be about Pigpen. First time played was 4-17-72. Pigpen was in bad shape. It's like they knew he was dying. Pigpen's last show was 6-17-72 and he died on 3-8-73. (RIP)

Interesting He's Gone "Deadications"

5-06-81 Bobby Sands
5-12-81 Bob Marley
6-21-86 Len Bias

 

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  posted on 11/4/2003 at 12:32 AM
Cool info on the Deadications! I'm pretty sure it was written after Neal died of exposure on a lonely set of railroad tracks in Mexico. No matter. The song has allowed me to bid farewell to many famous, and not so famous folks who no longer dwell on this mortal physical plane. Nowadays I often think of Jerry, especially if he is the one singing. It never has seemed particularly sad to me. More like a celebratory farewell.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2003 at 12:41 AM
My brother told me of a story many years ago. He was in his Brooklyn apartment and heard He's Gone blasting from the street. He looks out of his window, and there is a hearse going down his street with a huge SYF banner on top of it, with that song just blaring. After hearing that, I decided that was what I wanted to be played at my funeral.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2003 at 12:46 AM
Cheers! Here's hoping it won't come soon.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2003 at 01:07 AM
Yeah, that kinda freaked me out! But you know, there's a version of that song from 2/28/73 that I've ALWAYS loved. And of course there are tons of great versions. Anyway, I started to think maybe I was wrong, but it just came out on a Dick's Picks earlier this year and I was right. Great version. Check it out if you haven't... Also a great live "Box of Rain" & even the "El Paso" on that is great... There are so many great Dead songs... Hey speaking of which, I just received a Phil & Friends trade in the mail today, which was a soundboard... It was AMAZING. Anyone else have any P&F soundboards with Warren that they'd like to trade?
 

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  posted on 11/4/2003 at 04:11 AM
"He's Gone" is about Mickey Hart's father who managed the GD at one point. He stole from the band which led to Mickey's temporary exit in 1971. "Rat in a Drain Ditch, Caught on a Limb. You Know Better but I Know Him." Unfortunate but true.
 

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  posted on 11/4/2003 at 10:17 AM
jcb is correct. Remains an absolute Dead classic, one of the signature Jerry tunes...

Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission

Rat in a drain ditch
Caught on a limb
You know better but
I know him
Like I told you
What I said
Steal your face
right off you head

Now he's Gone
Lord he's gone
Like a steam locomotive
rolling down the track
He's gone
He's gone
and nothing's gonna bring him back
He's gone

Nine mile skid
on a ten mile ride
Hot as a pistol
but cool inside
Cat on a tin roof
Dogs in a pile
Nothing left to do but
smile, smile, smile

Now he's gone
Lord he's gone
Like a steam locomotive
rolling down the track
He's gone
He's gone
and nothing's gonna bring him back
He's gone

Going where the wind don't blow so strange
Maybe on some high cold mountain range
Lost one round but the price wasn't anything
Knife in a back and more of the same
Same old rat in a drain ditch
Out on a limb
You know better but I know him

Now he's gone
Lord he's gone
Like a steam locomotive
rolling down the track
He's gone
He's gone
and nothin's gonna bring him back
He's gone....

 

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  posted on 11/4/2003 at 10:21 AM
I saw them play this at my first Dead show 9/16/90 at Madison Square Garden. This was the first run of shows since Brent died and although he was never mentioned, Jerry's singing was particularly emotional/mournful and I think everyone in the audience thinking of Brent during that song

 

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  posted on 11/4/2003 at 12:12 PM
Slap me silly and attach me to the "Your Wrong!" thread...

Thanks for the correction!

 

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  posted on 11/6/2003 at 09:10 PM
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Cool info on the Deadications! I'm pretty sure it was written after Neal died of exposure on a lonely set of railroad tracks in Mexico.


Hey Billy I think that's "The Other One"

 
 


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