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Grateful Dead — Ripple (live)
Album: Reckoning
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Released: 1981
Length: 4:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

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

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I hit the 10 button harder but it still won't go above...

Then 10 it is
I love you I love you I love you peace for all good men
 lizardking wrote:
I would've been a Dead Head under slightly different circumstances in life. And I know a lot of RPsters say the GD are "off key, noodlers" and I say "they sound like they had a BLAST and Jerry has to be one of the most genuine and coolest Rockstars ever!"
Keep cranking the dead, BnR, and Long Live RP!
 
I just sat down to write the same.  Grew up and lived in the NYC area in the 70s.   Not the same scene. Might have gone that way had I lived in CA.

Classic GD.  Fills me with nostalia, tho I can't say why exactly.

Been with my spousal unit for 40 years.  GD years precede.
Avuncular, in all the best ways.....
I had just, the moment before this song began playing, sent a message to a lifelong friend from New Jersey and California about going to Grateful Dead concerts in the 1970s with Bill Walton, the most famous Deadhead, and the greatest college basketball player of all-time. I love serendipity like that, which happens so often in life. "Ripple" is right up there with "Sugar Magnolia", "Box of Rain", and a few others as my favorite Grateful Dead songs ever. Songs that I never ever get tired of hearing. Especially with the variety of excellent live versions, like this one, that are out there. And kudos, Bill, on your great set list, and segues. U2s "One Tree Hill" to "Ripple" to a cover of the Dead's "I Know You Rider"  to The Doors great "When the Music's Over". It doesn't get any better than that!
Love you dead. Love you alive. Forever to dance. Boy do I miss those shows and my tribe.
Reminds of good old Baptist Gospel music:)
oh Jerry how I miss thee!
Oh my darling Jerry come to me at night and lift my spirits to dancing lights! You’re always here for me. Thank you so much for playing this
8 -> 7 - Quite Likeable
I would've been a Dead Head under slightly different circumstances in life. And I know a lot of RPsters say the GD are "off key, noodlers" and I say "they sound like they had a BLAST and Jerry has to be one of the most genuine and coolest Rockstars ever!"
Keep cranking the dead, BnR, and Long Live RP!
Live or studio, this is easily my fav GD tune. 
{#Stop} {#Frustrated}
Wilco likes this
This has always been my favorite version of this song. Reckoning captures something essential about the Dead's incredible chemistry. And the tune itself is incredible. It's one of many examples of how good Hunter-Garcia were as a songwriting team. 
 deepwoodskev wrote:

Soldier. Not Soldier's.

 
Half the people in Chicago say "Soldier's".  I'm used to it by now, DWK.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Can you imagine hearing this for the last time in July, at Soldier's field in Chicago, next to lake Michigan...with a beautiful summer night?  

 
Soldier. Not Soldier's.

 wrangler wrote:

if you don't like this song, then you clearly do not like music

{#Cowboy}



 
Whatever.
 I was at the July 9th, 1995 show at Soldier Field. Who knew it would be the final show with Jerry...
idiot_wind wrote:
Can you imagine hearing this for the last time in July, at Soldier's field in Chicago, next to lake Michigan...with a beautiful summer night?  

 


 wrangler wrote:

if you don't like this song, then you clearly do not like music

{#Cowboy}



 
Okay, I admit it.

if you don't like this song, then you clearly do not like music

{#Cowboy}


 hallogallo wrote:

This one time, I was sitting outside on a bench whilst the missus was in a store on Main Street in Telluride.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and a random dude comes down the street playing 'Ripple.'  He was doing an amazing job on a challenging tune.  It was a rather cosmic moment, just sitting there taking it all in ...
 
Being from Colorado and having spent much of my time in the mtns, I can readily picture this image. Images such as that is what makes me long to go back home to those mtns.
 justin4kick wrote:
I would like to nominate the following bands for the RP PSD-award:

1. Grateful Dead
2. RHCP
3. Nirvana 

 DanO-1 wrote:

I would like to nominate you for President of the Idiot League.

 
I'm just not sure that OP is up for a leadership position in that league. 

I mean where are Dave Matthews Band, U2, and David Byrne? 
Say hey!
What a day!
oh jerry
come out n play!


Twirl twirl
spin away

thank you mr deejay 
 

I love everything about this song. Beautiful lyrics, lead & harmony vocals, guitar, piano... everything. Don't understand folks not liking the Dead, but to each his/her own.
 justin4kick wrote:
I would like to nominate the following bands for the RP PSD-award:

1. Grateful Dead
2. RHCP
3. Nirvana 

 
I would like to nominate you for President of the Idiot League.
I would like to nominate the following bands for the RP PSD-award:

1. Grateful Dead
2. RHCP
3. Nirvana 
 pankman wrote:


Enviable! I demand the PSD-function for web-radio devices here and now! 

 
I second! I listen through a Raspberry Pi and can't PSD. How about PSD by text message?
May all your cups be full again y'all
 jkhandy wrote:
PSD...zzzzzzz
 

Enviable! I demand the PSD-function for web-radio devices here and now! 

Can be easy keeping to the tune when the audience is clapping off the beat. Great song.



This one time, I was sitting outside on a bench whilst the missus was in a store on Main Street in Telluride.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and a random dude comes down the street playing 'Ripple.'  He was doing an amazing job on a challenging tune.  It was a rather cosmic moment, just sitting there taking it all in ...

They closed Friday night's show (7/3/15) with this.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Can you imagine hearing this for the last time in July, at Soldier's field in Chicago, next to lake Michigan...with a beautiful summer night?  

 
I'll be there.  Either got lucky or they like my envelope art (probably just lucky).  
Heard this a few times at Jerry or Jerry/Dog shows, but never the Dead as far as I can remember.  If they decide to do an acoustic set in Chicago, I'll be in heaven. 
Hate to say it - but I actually prefer Jane's Addiction's cover of Ripple - great tune!!!
 
PSD...zzzzzzz
 idiot_wind wrote:
Can you imagine hearing this for the last time in July, at Soldier's field in Chicago, next to lake Michigan...with a beautiful summer night?  

 

Tickets on sale tomorrow, AT 10 AM!!  (pardon my 1996 Johnny Mars of 'XRT impersonation)
Can you imagine hearing this for the last time in July, at Soldier's field in Chicago, next to lake Michigan...with a beautiful summer night?  
One of the most beautiful, trippy, sweetest, soulful, smartest, pensive, happiest, quirkiest, songs ever written.

And its cool.  
I'm not much into the Dead, but Robert Hunter certainly can write a lyric.

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
Great song or *greatest* song? 
Caught myself humming along, so I bumped this up to a 4.
Neil Young - Unknown Legend
I've never been close to a Dead head. What I hear, I am sometimes bored by. Or at least I fail to see the adulation others bestow. Musta been better living through chemistry. But if I can i.d. one superlative Dead song, this is it. And Sugar Magnolia too. Bring them on always. 
 scrubbrush wrote:
makes me sentimental about memories that I'm not even sure are mine

 
Best comment I've read today.
One of three Dead songs I think are good - that I like. 
This version SUCKS.
IMO.
 


Country Joe McDonald - Lead Guitar, Vocals and Jerry Garcia - Guitar in Memory of Michael Bloomfield "Blues For Michael", recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, Califórnia, 1990.



The intro reminds me of a song by Shawn Mullins, don't know which one ("Lullaby"?).

A transcendent song.



 dig wrote:

No offense, but that is one of the worst covers ever.
 
AGREE ... thinking about that cover gives me shivers. I love both Jane's and the Dead. As for a Dead cover, I like "Stella Blue" from Ryan Adams (he played it live circa '05/'06) ... Poolside covered Neil Young's "Harvest Moon", I'd love to hear them give their take on any Dead song.
18 years man. Still breaks my heart. 
"That's Otis..."  Lolz... : )


 PA1749 wrote:
Play Jane's Addiction's cover from Deadicated!
 
No offense, but that is one of the worst covers ever.
                             {#Sunny}  
I was just reading Nick Paumgarten's essay in the New Yorker on the Dead's enormous recording vault.  My reaction: you guys are weird.
This is the best recording of this deeply spiritual song I've heard.  Bravo, Bill.
Definitely not a fan of the Dead, but this song is sweet and well done live.
Wow- a lot od Dead bashing.  I'm no Head, but the music is golden.  As their current incarnation- Furthur- they are putting out wonderful live shows.  Saw them for 3 nights at Red Rocks in October and I 'highly' enjoyed!!
 scrubbrush wrote:
makes me sentimental about memories that I'm not even sure are mine
 

hysterical
Saw them at American Unersity, with Blood Sweat & Tears as opening act 😄😄😄😄
  angelomisterioso wrote:
Saw them in Boulder, with Warren Zevon as the opening act 😃😃
 

I can't even handle the truth of this.  
Saw them in Boulder, with Warren Zevon as the opening act 😃😃
Play Jane's Addiction's cover from Deadicated!
A kind, beautiful song.  Thanks for playing!
makes me sentimental about memories that I'm not even sure are mine
I envision Bill firing up a bowl in the studio to this song.

Open the window, turn on the fan, open up a bottle of red and kicking back.

Not much better than live Dead!
 bokey wrote:

Wastoids stumbling around on stage with untuned instruments? Yeah, I've seen that  ugly , disgraceful , ripoff, con artist sight.
 
Not (often) true.  The Dead were anything but cons — they'd play hours and hours of music with a new set list every day/night.

The funny thing was that the Dead put on some of the BEST shows I've ever seen as well as a few of the WORST.  I knew it was a bad show when my pals and I started hoping Bobby would "save" the show with Throwin' Stones or a Marty Robbins tune; it's not that Bobby was bad ... it was just that it was usually the Jerry songs and guitar that had magic, and Bobby's sometimes sounded like fluff in comparison. (Sorry Mr. Weir... I am truly grateful for those shows you pulled out of the muck!)
Beautiful melody, beautiful sentiment, beautifully sung.

"Lift up your hand / if your cup be empty. . ."
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
The only Dead concert I ever went to was when I was pregnant with my oldest, now 16-year-old son. The first time I "felt the baby move" was during that show. And I was NOT high. At least, not high on any substances....
 
My, now 19 year old, also enjoyed her first Dead concert like your son.

Ripple, to me, is the emotional backdrop to the final episode of Freaks & Geeks, where our heroine decides to not go to college (like she's told her parents) but gets off the college-bound bus at its first stop, where her friends are waiting. Ripple plays in the background as they all laugh, get in their van, and she heads off to the rest of her life.

Brilliant end to a brilliant, short-lived, Judd Apatow series. 

SIR:  apparently Otis belonged to Bob

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dgans/1218333086/



prefer the studio version to this one.... but it always makes me smile when I hear that song.
When my daughter was a baby and couldn't sleep, we'd go for a drive and listen to the Grateful Dead... she always loved that and it always calmed her down.... 
The only Dead concert I ever went to was when I was pregnant with my oldest, now 16-year-old son. The first time I "felt the baby move" was during that show. And I was NOT high. At least, not high on any substances....


Hooray for hippies!
I've never been a Dead fan, but I really like this song.  Solid 8

Jerry Garcia by ~RussCook
Russ Cook  ©2010 ~RussCook

A submission for all you deadheads floating free in deviant space. Really digging this wacom pencil thing.


 jwb wrote:
My favorite part of this song is the stoner doofuses clapping out of time in the background.
 

hey, cut Bobby some slack...it had been a long strange trip ;) {#Roflol}
 toterola wrote:

But you took the time to call attention to yourself. What's up with that? {#Shhh} {#Stupid}
 

...and you took the time to call attention to him calling attention to himself. You're on an internet message board - if you have to ask the question...

 Papernapkin wrote:

Had to turn it off.
 
But you took the time to call attention to yourself. What's up with that? {#Shhh} {#Stupid}
I KNEW you'd be playing The Dead after "Take a Look"  ... LOL

Not a good arangement!
Oh no! It's Ripple, again!

Blagh.


Grateful Dead - "Ripple" Live

"This is truely a gem"




 K-BILLY wrote:

YOU PROBABLY NEVER SAW THEM PERFORM!
Long Live Hippies!
 
Wastoids stumbling around on stage with untuned instruments? Yeah, I've seen that  ugly , disgraceful , ripoff, con artist sight.

 Papernapkin wrote:

Had to turn it off.
 
{#Yes}

 jgunter wrote:
had to turn it up
 
Had to turn it off.
What an interesting rating distribution for this song. I haven't seen one like it.
Ahh, the Dead,  good for the head.
LOVE IT

FOR OTIS!
aah the dead...thank you.
Apparently the original and true name of this album is Reckoning.
karljonasson wrote:
Dig this (best comic ever):
(click here)

Well, now that just brightened my day! I had a boyfriend who really tried to get to like their music. He even encouraged me to put a Dead sticker on my car so if it broke down, some kind Deadhead would pull over and help me out. All I could stand was some of the record they did after getting a few lessons from Crosby, Stills, and Nash. I couldn't even tell you what it is...

my guidance counselor gave me "For the Faithful" when i was in the 7th grade.  i LOVE this song and thank that man very much!
Great song, but I have to say this is one of those rare times that I prefer the studio version of a song to a live version.
 justin4kick wrote:
Just logged in. I'm out again. This is just one of those songs on RP I can't stand.
 
Same here, but don't log out, just hit the mute button - something more to your taste will be along pretty damn soon, I'm sure.

 macadavy wrote:
{#Sunny}It just doesn't get much better...
(He says, sparking up a fatty of BCBud!)  {#Good-vibes}
 

Well just rub it in why don'tcha?  {#Wink}
{#Sunny}It just doesn't get much better...
(He says, sparking up a fatty of BCBud!)  {#Good-vibes}


Just logged in. I'm out again. This is just one of those songs on RP I can't stand.
My favorite Dead song. Always makes me think of a dear friend, John "Ernie" Beer, taken too soon almost 4 years ago now.

David Dodd, a research associate from 1997-98 in the Music Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, assembled a wonderful page on the UCSC site called The Annotated "Ripple" that includes a song analysis (with accurate lyrics), commentary from philosophical and spiritual perspectives, and a link to a sermon inspired by this song.
Hmmm....

today we are somewhat midpoint between Jerry's birthday (August 1) and the day he died (August 9th).

It is a good day to remember him....
My favorite part of this song is the stoner doofuses clapping out of time in the background.
just what I needed right now . . . always makes me feel just a bit brighter. great tune, a rarity to hear live. Almost positive that this show is from the fall 1980 runs at radio city or the Warfield.
Dig this (best comic ever): (click here)
tompoll wrote:
I'm not a Dead fan by any stretch, but this is one of the few songs of theirs I can tolerate. Kinda' goes down easy.
Agreed. I own one Dead album (and I do mean vinyl!) - American Beauty, which has a great version of this song.
If it weren't for the backup vocals from the audience, the performance wouldn't have anything going for it. Yeah, I know it's harsh, but I've never really liked the Dead and their out of tune lovableness. I hear their ice cream is good, though.
Thanks, RP! I really needed this one today.
We miss ya Jerry! :bananapiano:
Let there be songs to fill the air.
Great song, better version on American Beauty however.
:cheers: :lol::cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers:
We loves the Dead! :sunny:
eastcoast wrote:
Anyone who doesn't like this song...doesn't like the Dead...and there is no changing their stance...any Dead song sucks... ...its kind of like the saying, "For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible" Peace
I'm not a Dead fan by any stretch, but this is one of the few songs of theirs I can tolerate. Kinda' goes down easy.
:D Love this song. I just saw a Dead cover band here in SD this past Saturday. More please!
jredd2 wrote:
I don't get the big deal about the Grateful Dead...half the time they're singing off key....what ever!
That path is for your steps alone.
Nice Version! :daisy:
Robert Hunter's songwriting alone makes the Dead extraordinary, I think But you have to have a large enough sample of it to know what I'm talking about - who else can nail emotion so sincerely while remainign essentially so obtuse -
LOVELY :daisy:
krich58 wrote:
Funny about singing off key--the Dead were never really known for their vocals. And listening to Phil try to stand in for Jerry, Yikes!! A good buddy of mine recently said "I can't believe it, I miss hearing Garcia sing." So true for me, his singing was so soulful. To hear him nail a ballad, magnifico!
This is a very helpful explanation as to what it is about the Dead that so many people love. I can appreciate that. They just don't do it for me on the whole. I do agree they have a very laid back style and sometimes, yes, I can appreciate that. It's fun to discuss music with people who don't bash each other for having different tastes. To say that anyone who doesn't like the Dead "sucks" is pretty harsh. Thanks for being kind about explaining why it is you like them! Same goes to Lmic.... :cheesygrin: