Bird Song

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

A regular for the Dead, this was also performed by Jerry Garcia with John Kahn, and more recently by Bob Weir with Ratdog and by Phil Lesh & Friends.

All I know is something like a bird within her sang (note 1)
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on
Tell me all that you know
I'll show you
Snow and rain

If you hear that same sweet song again, will you know why?
Anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passing by
Laugh in the sunshine
Sing, cry in the dark
Fly through the night

Don't cry now
Don't you cry
Don't you cry any more
La da da da

Sleep in the stars
Don't you cry
Dry your eyes on the wind
La da da da da da

All I know is something like a bird within her sang
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on
Tell me all that you know
I'll show you
Snow and rain
Notes
(1) Robert Hunter originally wrote the song as a tribute for Janis Joplin. Phil Lesh now sings "All I know is something like a bird within him sang", transfering it Jerry Garcia instead

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     19 Feb 1971 Three From The Vault
     28 Apr 1971 Ladies And Gentleman ... The Grateful Dead
     31 Jul 1971 Road Trips Number 1, Volume 3
     studio 1972 Garcia (Jerry Garcia) (note 2)
     22 Jul 1972 Download Series Vol 10
     27 Aug 1972 Sunshine Daydream (CD and DVD)
     10 Sep 1972 30 Days Of The Dead (2013)
     17 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 23
     21 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 36
     27 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 11
      2 Oct 1972 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
     10 Jun 1973 30 Days Of The Dead (2011)
     Sep/Oct 1980 Reckoning
     30 Oct 1980 Dead Ahead (video/DVD)
     30 Nov 1980 Dave's Picks Volume 8
     26 Jul 1987 View From The Vault IV (DVD & CD soundtrack)
     31 Dec 1987 Ticket To New Year's (video/DVD only)
      8 Oct 1989 Warlocks Box
      9 Dec 1989 Without A Net
     16 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (note 4)
     29 Mar 1990 So Many Roads (1965-1995) (note 3)
     20 Jun 1991 Download Series Vol 11

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings
 
Dead-related Recordings
     28 Feb 1986 Pure Jerry: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium Jerry Garcia/John Kahn
     25 Apr 2001 Live At The Roseland Ratdog
     26 Apr 2001 Live At The Roseland Ratdog

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Bob Weir Solo Acoustic Live!

Weir-Robinson-Greene Trio Live!

Mickey Hart Downloads
 
Tribute Albums And Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1997 Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead Vol 2 Ken Boothe
     1997 Pickin' On The Grateful Dead David West et al
     1998 Live, Vol 1 Joe Gallant & Illuminati
     1999 The Rockin' Banjos Of Bluegrass [self titled]
     2000 Wake The Dead Danny Carahanet al
     2000 Lost Marbles Lost Marbles
     2001 Pickin' On Jerry Garcia David West et al
     2003 The Tussler (re-issue) Motorpsycho
     2004 Stage Keller Williams
      8 Feb 2006 Live At The Fillmore Grateful Grass
      2007 Dead Symphony Lee Johnson
     2008 Fennario: Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter Emory Joseph
     2009 Better Off Dead Great Caessar's Ghost
     2010 Songs Of The Grateful Dead Jesse McReynolds
     2010 Celtar Von Cello
     2012 Run For The Roses Tim Bluhm et al (Rex Foundation)
     2013 Keys Keller Willams
     2013 First Reearsals Sycamore Slough String Band
     2013 Move Me Brightly Bob Weir et al (DVD - bonus track)
Notes
(2) also on the compilation The Best Of Jerry Garcia
(3) this track (with Branford Marsalis) was previously released on the CD "Warriors: KFOG Jam" in 1994.
(4) also on the compilation So Glad You Made It


Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For information on references in the lyrics see David Dodd's Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 2 (piano arrangement)
          Garcia Songbook (piano arrangement)
          Without A Net Songbook (piano arrangement)
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)

 


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