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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 07:33 AM
I tried to bump the Peachy Award winning "Jerry Garcia...Ten Years Gone" thread from 3 years ago and could not since it is stuck in the archived threads...so I simply cut and pasted my original post again here...feel free to add your thoughts and remembrances of Jerry as I did that day! The words came directly from my heart!


RIP JERRY...


ENJOY!

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The "Peachy Award" winning Jerry thread as follows:




All the years combine, they melt into a dream,
A broken angel sings from a guitar...



…Has it really been 10 years (now 13) since the light of Jerry Garcia faded away from us for good?

August 9, 2005 will in fact be the 10th anniversary of the passing of Jerry Garcia, when Jerry’s body, mind and spirit broke down for the very last time. August 9, 1995 was the day the music died. I will never forget the day I heard the news when I was in my car and had to pull over because I was simply overcome with emotion and couldn't move for quite a while…

The long strange trip was over…We would never see Jerry Garcia grace the stage again…




Jerry and The Grateful Dead were as much a part of my life as anything or anyone could be. I saw my first Dead show in 1976 when I was just a kid and I was “on the bus” for good in 1979 when I decided THIS is what its all about! There was not much middle ground with The Dead – you either got it or you didn’t – I’m very glad I was one of the many Deadheads who most definitely GOT IT! I saw close to 100 shows in about 16 years – on the surface it sounds like a lot, but it really wasn’t quite enough. What I would give to be back there again just one more time. We traveled together from place to place in a time when life didn't seem as serious as it is today. A time when you could be a little more free and just a little more crazy...

“They aren’t just the best at what they do, they are the ONLY ones who do what they do”
- Bill Graham


Bill Graham did in fact say those words and truer words were never spoken. They were most definitely the only ones who did what they did – they were simply in a world of their own. They were the planets biggest traveling musical carnival…and many of us were along for the ride...and what a ride it was!


Think this through with me, let me know your mind,
Wo, oh, what I want to know, is are you kind?


It was words like these that became our anthems. When Jerry and the boys sang to us, they were singing to our hearts and souls and it all hit home. We were kind, we were happy, we were Deadheads.





There really was no experience like seeing The Dead on one of those special nights when nothing else mattered but that moment when the band and audience were ONE. Those great nights when “the music played the band”…

If you were there you know exactly what I mean – if you weren’t, well you really missed out because those days will never be again -

...There was NOTHING like a Grateful Dead show!


Please don't dominate the rap, jack, if you've got nothing new to say.
If you please, don't back up the track this train's got to run today.
I spent a little time on the mountain, I spent a little time on the hill
I heard someone say "Better run away", others say "better stand still".
One way or another, one way or another,
One way or another, this darkness got to give…







Let My Inspiration Flow...

The fact that The Dead built the biggest fan base in the history of music with no hit singles, videos or fashion statements and the fact this was all done before the age of the internet in truly astounding. The entire Dead community was basically built by word of mouth from their live shows. WE knew the music, inside and out – every word. Each and every show was a bit different, a bit special and you had to go back again and again because this experience just felt good…It was medicinal, it was healing and it made you move in a weird sort of tribal way. Everyone danced from the first row to the last and we hung on every note Garcia played. He could part the skies with a simple phrase or make you close your eyes and dream…the man could do it all! There may be players who could play faster and had more technical ability but Jerry painted pictures with his music that no one else could. Lots of players have riffs but Jerry played in paragraph’s and wrote stories with his musical passages. Lots of singers have better voices but no one, not even one could sound as convincing as Jerry. He sounded as if every song he sung was a personal experience – like he lived those moments…like he was reading to his children


There were days, There were days
There were days between
Summer flies and August dies
the world grows dark and mean
Comes the shimmer of the moon
on black infested trees
the singing man is at his song
the holy on their knees
the reckless are out wrecking
the timid plead their pleas
No one knows much more of this
than anyone can see, anyone can see…







…Ten years ago Jerry was ripped from the earth. He gave as much to us as he possibly could, until his last breath. He never wanted the fame, he never wanted to be a cultural icon but he became one anyway. He played music and lived the hard life until he broke…They say he died with a smile on his face and looked completely peaceful on where he’d been and where he was going. The big man was gone…but will never ever be forgotten.





Fare you well, my honey, fare you well my only true one.
All the birds that were singing are flown, except you alone.

Going to leave this brokedown palace,
On my hand and knees, I will roll, roll, roll.
Make myself a bed in the waterside,
In my time, I will roll, roll roll.

In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.

River going to take me, sing sweet and sleepy,
sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home.
It's a far gone lullaby, sung many years ago.
Mama, mama many worlds I've come since I first left home.

Goin' home, goin' home, by the riverside I will rest my bones,
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.

Going to plant a weeping willow,
On the bank's green edge it will grow, grow, grow.
Sing a lullaby beside the water,
Lovers come and go, the river roll, roll, roll.

Fare you well, fare you well, I love you more than words can tell,
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.




Rest In Peace Jerry, you deserve it

Fare you well...









[Edited on 8/9/2009 by EddieP]

 
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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 07:38 AM
We miss you Jerry
RIP

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 07:55 AM
Thanks for the post. How I remember that day. I mentioned Jerry's passing to my boss and I suggested we take the rest of the afternoon off to honor Jerry (my boss was a guitar player). He said if I could get one of the staff to sing a Dead song from start to finish, he'd let us go. We finished the day at the office (not a lot of Dead fans where I work).

What I do remember most was being in San Francisco that weekend with my girlfriend visiting her sister. On Sunday night, one of the local radio stations played all live Dead (a lot of New Years shows). We just cruised around town in her car with the moon roof open enjoying a summer evening rocking to the Dead. She didn't like the Dead but she had fun.

I think I'll listen to Europe '72 while working in the yard.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 08:35 AM
Nice tribute to Jerry this last week on Sirius radio channel 32.We miss you Jerry!!!!!

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 08:35 AM
Thanks for this.

I'm listening to "jerry does Motown" compilation right now.

RIP Capn

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 08:39 AM
I remember being at The Allman Brothers Show at Jones Beach.. it was a Wed night and alittle on the somber side as the news spread about Jerry Garcia's death .... and the band came out ... and dedicated the night to Jerry... SAD..... but it was a great night of music..

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 09:32 AM
What a great loss, just not the same with out you Jerry. Glad I had many opportunities to catch him play with the Dead. My first show was Englishtown, in 1976, with Marshall Tucker,and New Riders.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 09:47 AM
I got to see Jerry and GD at Buckeye Lake's Legend Valley years ago. One of the highlights of my life.
 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 10:13 AM
RIP JEROME GARCIA

We followed the Grateful Dead ALOT from late 89-95.....& we think of Jerry & celebrate his music everyday.
Our 3 kids were definitely raised in a Jerry lovin house,for sure!...In fact our oldest son,Nick (who is 15,almost 16 now)
used to go to Grateful Dead shows with us when he was little,dancin & twirlin right on Mama's hip

Scott & I had just finished the last part of the summer tour in 95 when Jerry died(I'll never forget it)
We went to a local Ohio hippie gathering thrown by the rainbow nation & some local Merry Pranksters close to Buckeye lake to honor Jerry that day.
Everyone celebrated Jerry & laughed & cried & helped each other's spirits get through it all...together.


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwZIUSfGo40&feature=related

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 11:17 AM
Still remember where I was when I heard this.

Was quite the sad day.



 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 11:43 AM
Miss you Jerry. Playing Jerry all day

Original Boston Herald from August 9, 1995






Tower Records in Boston in the photo. I was there shopping for music when we heard. We went outside and had a candlelight vigil.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 12:27 PM
Yeah I don't listen to the Grateful Dead as much as some do but today obviously is one of the days I will play them a great deal. I just put on Dicks picks 28 Dark Star>Eyes of the World. Very good.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 12:41 PM
As always Eddie, awesome tribute. Man do I miss him.







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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 04:23 PM
Awesome Tibute Eddie. I listened to 10/14/89 medowlands in the car to and from work today. ahhhh. We miss you Jerry.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 05:23 PM
Yeah, sure do miss good old Jerry. He was one of a kind and made a lot of folks smile....tonight's show is for you bro....B

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 05:30 PM
jerry im still willing to buy the ticket and take the ride

hope youre final trip down the nile was a peaceful one

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 06:00 PM
Still missing Jerry. The summers haven't been the same.

 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 06:33 PM
Still a great post all these years later Eddie...


 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 07:15 PM
Jerry Heads unite.
 

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 07:16 PM
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Thanks for the post. How I remember that day. I mentioned Jerry's passing to my boss and I suggested we take the rest of the afternoon off to honor Jerry (my boss was a guitar player). He said if I could get one of the staff to sing a Dead song from start to finish, he'd let us go. We finished the day at the office (not a lot of Dead fans where I work).

What I do remember most was being in San Francisco that weekend with my girlfriend visiting her sister. On Sunday night, one of the local radio stations played all live Dead (a lot of New Years shows). We just cruised around town in her car with the moon roof open enjoying a summer evening rocking to the Dead. She didn't like the Dead but she had fun.

I think I'll listen to Europe '72 while working in the yard.

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  posted on 8/9/2008 at 07:23 PM
I jumped on the "bandwagon" late, but I love Garcia and the Dead more and more all the time. I think he would be/is proud if he is looking down upon what he left behind...

 

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I remember being at The Allman Brothers Show at Jones Beach.. it was a Wed night and alittle on the somber side as the news spread about Jerry Garcia's death .... and the band came out ... and dedicated the night to Jerry... SAD..... but it was a great night of music..



I was also at the ABB show that night. Sad atmosphere but the Brothers really brought it for Jerry. That was the night that Warren was inspired to write the song 'Patchwork Quilt'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRapyEORGfA

[Edited on 8/10/2008 by sixty8]

 

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  posted on 8/10/2008 at 12:28 AM
so sad
 

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  posted on 8/10/2008 at 02:03 PM
Jerry Garcia's dead?
 

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  posted on 8/10/2008 at 06:51 PM
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Jerry Garcia's dead?


Not a Garcia fan?

 
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