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Grateful Dead — Ripple
Album: American Beauty
Avg rating:
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Total ratings: 2884







Released: 1970
Length: 4:08
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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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Fucking Stellar 
My all time favorite Dead song. I get acid chills every time I hear it.
 acolt wrote:
I don't know, I just never got into the Dead. If I'm jonesing for this kind of music, I'm just going to Simon & Garfunkel. The Dead are kind of like Star Wars to me, an institution enjoyed by multitudes that never made an impression with me.
 
I always felt that way until I went to live shows of the dead.  No other experience like it.
 Blijj wrote:
Any dream will do. A. Lloyd-Webber. Inspired-by or ripped-off?
The more ALW I hear over the years, the more "influences" I seem to perceive.
 
I clocked that as well... First performance 1 March 1968, this album dated 1970, so contemporaries. I sang it at school. Jerry would have been unlikely to hear it I would have thought. The similarity is mentioned in the Wikipedia article


 acolt wrote:
I don't know, I just never got into the Dead. If I'm jonesing for this kind of music, I'm just going to Simon & Garfunkel. The Dead are kind of like Star Wars to me, an institution enjoyed by multitudes that never made an impression with me.
 

No Dead?  No Force?  No Joy?
I don't know, I just never got into the Dead. If I'm jonesing for this kind of music, I'm just going to Simon & Garfunkel. The Dead are kind of like Star Wars to me, an institution enjoyed by multitudes that never made an impression with me.
Beautiful poetic. We love and miss you Jerry and Robert
Oh my my!  If I knew the way I would take you home...  'nuff said!
 Zestos wrote:
When Ripple came out I was barely getting up Independence Pass in Colorado in my '67 VW bus."There is a road no simple highway" lyric blasting away.  Songs relate to good and bad memories, and every time I hear this I have to turn it up.  In fact the whole American Beauty album does it for me every time. 
 
Even with the gear reduction boxes, there's a limit to how much you can flog those
forty horses...;-(
When hearing this my mind just goes right on to Broken Down Palace. What an album.
A beautiful song by a master poet and lyricist. RIP, Robert Hunter.
 kingart wrote:


I don't enjoy the Dead that much...except for this and a few other songs, which I think are brilliant. I luv this track.  So I'm not cynical. Nor am I uneducated.  So I mildly resent your generalization.  I could say the same as you about a significant number of other musical artists I greatly admire, that thrill me.  But I don't say that. Music is usually very subjective.  Like I said, I'm no Dead fan -- overrrated -- but these and a number of other tracks are first rate.  And stop calling me a cynic. A song like this makes me think and cry, and those are not the reactions of a cynic. That's bullshit. 
 

Calm  down people. Enjoy the music. 
 Tomasni wrote:
8 down to 5 
 
Still a 9 from me...LLRP!!
 bobcanna1 wrote:
Can never get enough dead ..... come on, open up your small minds people!
 
I'm sorry I don't like the same music you do (small mind).  My loss!
I'm hot and cold on the dead. I generally like them, but this song is a masterpiece.  Also, just about every cover I've heard of it (especially Jane's Addiction) is equally fantastic. 
My first Dead song. Still gives me something today....
Simply Beautiful Been loving the Dead since 72
Classic, classic, classic.............................nuff' said!
RIP (September 23, 2019) Bob Hunter
Fare thee well, Robert Hunter. 
 kingart wrote:


I don't enjoy the Dead that much...except for this and a few other songs, which I think are brilliant. I luv this track.  So I'm not cynical. Nor am I uneducated.  So I mildly resent your generalization.  I could say the same as you about a significant number of other musical artists I greatly admire, that thrill me.  But I don't say that. Music is usually very subjective.  Like I said, I'm no Dead fan -- overrrated -- but these and a number of other tracks are first rate.  And stop calling me a cynic. A song like this makes me think and cry, and those are not the reactions of a cynic. That's bullshit. 
 
☮️
 TerrorGovernor wrote:
There are two kinds of people who don't enjoy the Dead,
The uneducated and the cynic
Beware of the cynics
Impeach Trump
 

I don't enjoy the Dead that much...except for this and a few other songs, which I think are brilliant. I luv this track.  So I'm not cynical. Nor am I uneducated.  So I mildly resent your generalization.  I could say the same as you about a significant number of other musical artists I greatly admire, that thrill me.  But I don't say that. Music is usually very subjective.  Like I said, I'm no Dead fan -- overrrated -- but these and a number of other tracks are first rate.  And stop calling me a cynic. A song like this makes me think and cry, and those are not the reactions of a cynic. That's bullshit. 
When Ripple came out I was barely getting up Independence Pass in Colorado in my '67 VW bus."There is a road no simple highway" lyric blasting away.  Songs relate to good and bad memories, and every time I hear this I have to turn it up.  In fact the whole American Beauty album does it for me every time. 
Ahhhh. A song for the Summer. 
A few of us still out there.....
 idiot_wind wrote:
One of those songs in which you can:
- listen to
- sing along (both melody and harmony)
- think about
- play percussion to (on your desk or knees 
- dance to  (in the GD way, you know)   

Cooooool. 
 

or all of the above at the same time.
8 down to 5 
There are two kinds of people who don't enjoy the Dead,
The uneducated and the cynic
Beware of the cynics
Impeach Trump
One of those songs in which you can:
- listen to
- sing along (both melody and harmony)
- think about
- play percussion to (on your desk or knees 
- dance to  (in the GD way, you know)   

Cooooool. 
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
 

That about sums up this song!
 

or you!
 MTboy wrote:
Can't wait until the Dead are really dead.
 
"One thing you can't hide is when you're crippled inside"
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
 

That about sums up this song!
This song goes on and on.  Not good.  
Album: American Beauty
Released: 1970
Last play: Apr 23, 2018
Plays in last 30 days: 8252   <----- cool
If I listen to this song a lot, will that make me a hippy, or is it the other way around?
This is the 2nd time I heard this song this Friday morning! 

Yeah baby.  
 bobcanna1 wrote:
Can never get enough dead ..... come on, open up your small minds people!

 
{#Iamwithstupid}

I also like the GD although I'm not (or wasn't) a Dead Head....oh I wish I could have toured with the band back in the day....totally different life, eh?

As far as telling folks to "open up (their) small minds" well....that might not be the most persuasive argument style.  And really, with an average rating of just under 8 with 2,000 ratings....this might be the highest rated GD tune.  Besides, other than explaining why something is "10-Godlike vs 01-Sucko-Barfo" and maybe pointing out a few things about how the track was made, etc., I really don't think any of us can influence someone's taste/rating much more than a point. 

This one's a 9-Outstanding to me.  LONG LIVE RP and PEACE OUT


Can never get enough dead ..... come on, open up your small minds people!
 treatment_bound wrote:

Never been to a live Dead show...do the gals all look like this?
 
Breath deep long enough and they do.
Was never a Deadhead.  Didn't dislike them.  Liked Uncle John's Farm and a few others, but just did not get the fascination at all  Then I heard this song used in the last episode of Freaks and Geeks of all places, and I was intrigued.  Bought American Beauty.  Wow!  Bought the album before and after it, heard a few concerts people had recorded.  Kind of get it now.
 MTboy wrote:
Can't wait until the Dead are really dead.

 
What a nasty person you are. Explains the state of the world.
The whole of this album is just the best summer chillin music
 idiot_wind wrote:
Oh my...to hear this song live and see the women dance.  

 
Never been to a live Dead show...do the gals all look like this?

Love it
Oh my...to hear this song live and see the women dance.  
ah yes, it is that back to school time of year
Hell, on a sunny afternoon, after a few beers, this is just such an awesome song. Best way to enjoy it! Pour yourself one, sit in the sun and just unwind. It's the best therapy in the universe.
American Schlager, some might say.

Nice sensations. Nice memories. Nice mix-up with nice short-time fizzlers. Crappy juice; like Mike's Lemonade.
 MTboy wrote:
Can't wait until the Dead are really dead.
 
I am not a Dead Head either. Their music just kind of annoys me. Don't want them dead but their music could just kind of go away.

PDS to the rescue. 
 MTboy wrote:
Can't wait until the Dead are really dead.

 
WTF Man!
 h8rhater wrote:

...and that your hate is mis-placed.

 
American Beauty is an unrecognized masterpiece.
and here is my out of time comment: the end of Freaks and Geeks with this song is really cool...
 Coaxial wrote:

Make it stop?

 
HA!  How about...don't bogart that joint or pass the doobie{#Biggrin}
 below72 wrote:
What's there to say?
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana}{#Clap} {#Roflol}

 
Make it stop?
It's just not right listening to this song and then not hearing Brokedown Palace next.
 h8rhater wrote:

...and that your hate is mis-placed.

 
you are the biggest crack up on R P!
 kurbowicz wrote:
It's funny. I absolutely hate this band. Always have and always will but this is the only song I like by them...and I really really love it. 

Just goes to show RP has my back.  

 
...and that your hate is mis-placed.
What's there to say?
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Clap} {#Roflol}
 idiot_wind wrote:
Hey RP, I no longer have this album on CD, tape, or vinyl.

Can ya just play one side of it?

It's a mighty fine album. 

 

 
You can stream it in its entirety on YouTube.
Thank you from Jerry! And the dead. It made my night wonderful.
Hey RP, I no longer have this album on CD, tape, or vinyl.

Can ya just play one side of it?

It's a mighty fine album. 

 

goosebumps

 

fyi

Janes Addition does a great version as well

 

M2B


It's funny. I absolutely hate this band. Always have and always will but this is the only song I like by them...and I really really love it. 

Just goes to show RP has my back.  
such a beautiful, trippy, cryptic, and hooky song that you can sing as well as drive and dance to.  

Yeah baby.  
Good set today, I guess work can wait until the coffee is drunk, and the soul satiated 
Godlike.... and then some!

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sing-along anyone?
 thewiseking wrote:

No, that would be Pink Floyd

 
The Dead got there name because they were grateful that their fans had ears that were dead. 
Can't wait until the Dead are really dead.

Posted: Sep 12, 2006 - 09:44
Wow. This song is perfection. Gives me chills every time. You know when the stars are aligned, and the music and lyrics come together beyond gracefully... that's bliss.

Every time I hear this, I think of two dear friends who have left this earth. Rest in peace, John "Ernie" Beer and Earl "Willy" Doyle - you are both deeply missed.


^ Wow... I knew I had commented on this song at some point in the past, but didn't realize it was nearly TEN years ago. I still feel the same about it, and I still think of these friends every time I hear it.

RP has been a part of my life since 2002. FOURTEEN years. Thank you, Bill & Rebecca!


Any Dream Will Do.

Jerry and Robert channeling Andrew Lloyd Webber!
nagsheadlocal wrote:
If you were in college in the early 70s, this song should bring back good memories and a smile.

And I'm not even a Dead fan . . .  

 
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Closing song of the Dear Jerry Tribute Concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion this past June.  They made it a huge sing-a-long and 25000 people were in tune, emotionally and (somewhat) musically.  

So great.
 Larrygrrl wrote:
I don't get it and most likely never will. I thank you for the PSD button, from the bottom of my "grateful" heart.

 

You had to be there. One of the great songs of that time period.
I don't get it and most likely never will. I thank you for the PSD button, from the bottom of my "grateful" heart.
 Piranga wrote:
A decent song from the most over-rated band in history.

 
No, that would be Pink Floyd
c'mon. we're not worthy to rate this!
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
If you were in college in the early 70s, this song should bring back good memories and a smile.

And I'm not even a Dead fan . . .  

 
Yes, and yes it does.  This song just always seems to be right on when ever its played.

8 to 9
Just a beautiful, trippy, well-played, well-sung song.

Most bands today just scratch their heads in wonderment and just don't get it.   
 jagdriver wrote:
Nice song, but I wish they hadn't included the sing-along portion at the end.
 
Ibid. I had to PSD it once it came on, as I could already sense the sing-along bit looming at the end.
Nice song, but I wish they hadn't included the sing-along portion at the end.
{#Cheers}

 {#Cheers}

 {#Cheers}

{#Cheers}
Hooray for hippies!
Love this song.
 TJOpootertoot wrote:

I think they're overrated and people who love them are more into the "community" aspect and vibe of being at their shows; but I still think Ripple is a nice song.

 

That is about how I seem them too.  And yes, this is a nice song.


{#Mrgreen}
 Djoy wrote:
I'm agin putting people down for their musical tastes as seems to happen quite a bit here, BUT I gotta say, people who see the Dead as over-rated just seem to be inexperienced.  It helps to have seen them live and experienced their jams, creativity, and musical adeptness.

 
I think they're overrated and people who love them are more into the "community" aspect and vibe of being at their shows; but I still think Ripple is a nice song.
 Djoy wrote:
I'm agin putting people down for their musical tastes as seems to happen quite a bit here, BUT I gotta say, people who see the Dead as over-rated just seem to be inexperienced.  It helps to have seen them live and experienced their jams, creativity, and musical adeptness.

 
The term "over-rated" is over-rated.
I'm agin putting people down for their musical tastes as seems to happen quite a bit here, BUT I gotta say, people who see the Dead as over-rated just seem to be inexperienced.  It helps to have seen them live and experienced their jams, creativity, and musical adeptness.


 bbgun wrote:
Heard this on the way in to work today on my ipod. I was thinking how it really fit my mood today. And then Bill goes on to play it as well. Not sure what it all means, if anything. Just noting that this is a great song, and my fave from the GD.

 
Nah, according to clearly more knowledgable commenters here, this is trite, non melodious, boring, and otherwise "overrated", the favorite dissing term here. I will never understand the I-hate-the-Dead crowd who proudly proclaim to (apparently) everyone they meet how much they despise this band. Oddly, the things they decry as obviously earning their disdain are generally acknowledged by fans as well, just not the focus of their attention. And all it can take is one song such as this to shift perspective.
The Grateful Dead are Ubiquitous
hey hoofoos,

Too bad you feel that way. May be you just don't get it. And you won't be able to see them live. 

But keep plugging away at finding music that makes you feel happy. A few billion people feel that way about the GD. 

 
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
If you were in college in the early 70s, this song should bring back good memories and a smile.

And I'm not even a Dead fan . . .  

 
Late 80s too... at least in my experience
A great album cover from the most overrated band in history.
 Ghiaap wrote:
What an utterly goofy, boring tune! It's drawing the blood under my nails.
The Dead is certainly NOT my cup of tea, but I think I'm the only one here at RP.

 
Then perhaps you have not read many comments here. I don't care for the Dead, and have said same about them and why on several RP comment boards. IMHO they've been overplayed, overrated and are sometimes just downright banal — but I happen to love everything about this tune. 
 Piranga wrote:
A decent song from the most over-rated band in history.

 
Yeah. Like Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen....that sort of over rating.
 treatment_bound wrote:


 


{#Cry}{#Wave}
When in doubt, roll some Dead. Works every time!
 Piranga wrote:
A decent song from the most over-rated band in history.

 
I agree! Toneless and boring, that's not my thing.
Heard this on the way in to work today on my ipod. I was thinking how it really fit my mood today. And then Bill goes on to play it as well. Not sure what it all means, if anything. Just noting that this is a great song, and my fave from the GD.
Funny how this song came on as I was reading a review of "Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead"...must be a sign! I'm buying the book.
If you were in college in the early 70s, this song should bring back good memories and a smile.

And I'm not even a Dead fan . . .  
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

Sublime.

 Piranga wrote:
A decent song from the most over-rated band in history.

 
Well the dead weren't a studio band basically they recorded and you got the micro wave version. BUT to see the dead live in 60's once they turned on that love light wasn't another American pyschedelic era band could go were they went this includes Hendrix and even more so after he changed the to the band of gypsys,Cream, Airplane. I was lucky to have been in a band that opened a few times for for the Airplane and opened a few dates with the farewell concerts of Cream and I think LOL the Grateful dead once and was best to be the opening band as  a conclusion to their show they lit a cherry bomb inchs from a Microphone and blew out the venues voice of the theater PA speakers. But to state the Grateful dead were over rated is a personal impression on your part and not that of the millions that may have had a more direct experience.     
A decent song from the most over-rated band in history.
 Ghiaap wrote:
What an utterly goofy, boring tune! It's drawing the blood under my nails.
The Dead is certainly NOT my cup of tea, but I think I'm the only one here at RP.

 
Ok...could you at least read the lyrics and maybe take a lesson on humanity?  One step at a time, angry one......
 Hannio wrote:


My favorite was Ripple Pagan Pink.  Sassy yet provocative.  Roland and I would drive Dad's Type 3 down 80 to just inside Ft Worth to a convenience store where no ID was asked for.  Having a beard helped.  Drive back and share the bottle and a doob.  Drive home and throw up in the front yard and off to bed.  That's what passed for fun in Arlington, TX, 1970.  Not a whole lot else to do back then.

 
You have to wonder what sort of feverish advertising and marketing effort into offering that noble spirit to the American public. "Pagan Pink!" I'm sure that was a step away from their normal consumer. Sounds like a forerunner of the wine cooler...

I remember going into a state store in south Bethlehem, PA years and years ago. One of us was legal, if I recall. Proudly displayed in a section carefully labeled "fortified wines" were the usual suspects--Mogan David, Night Train, Thunderbird. I think the store sold malt liquor as well. You couldn't miss all the closed shops, the grimy air and the slowly dying steel mill a few blocks off, but that state store gave an official stamp to the notion that the south side was a dead end town. 

Anybody tried or heard of Buckfast? This stuff must rock people off their stumps. About 15% ABV and caffeine. A 750 ml bottle has more caffeine than 8 cans of cola. Very big in Scotland. 
Magical!
Just makes me feel happy and mellow every time I hear this - which is a lot ......
The whole album is as good as it gets for floating away into dreamland - or listening to as your tour bus wafts you through cowboy country in SW USA (something I try to do once a year if possible)
makes me very sentimental about good-times and years-gone-by. Lovely. 9 to 10

I've never been a big Dead fan. Nothing against them, guess I just never took the time to listen enough...

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Bob Weir sing this song with Wilco during the Americanarama show at Shoreline.  It gave me goose bumps, so I guess I'm more of a fan than I thought{#Wink}

He also sang Brown-Eyed Woman with MMJ, which was equally good.
 The_Enemy wrote:
ah, Ripple.

Like Chateau Thunderbird, a great wine that goes along with most of what one finds in a dumpster.

I remember once in an alley behind a French restaurant... wait... did he say "Ripple in still water" ?

Never mind. 

 

My favorite was Ripple Pagan Pink.  Sassy yet provocative.  Roland and I would drive Dad's Type 3 down 80 to just inside Ft Worth to a convenience store where no ID was asked for.  Having a beard helped.  Drive back and share the bottle and a doob.  Drive home and throw up in the front yard and off to bed.  That's what passed for fun in Arlington, TX, 1970.  Not a whole lot else to do back then.
 Ghiaap wrote:
What an utterly goofy, boring tune! It's drawing the blood under my nails.
The Dead is certainly NOT my cup of tea, but I think I'm the only one here at RP.

 

Yeah...We generally don't allow your kind around here.
ah, Ripple.

Like Chateau Thunderbird, a great wine that goes along with most of what one finds in a dumpster.

I remember once in an alley behind a French restaurant... wait... did he say "Ripple in still water" ?

Never mind. 
 scrubbrush wrote:
I'm not a huge Dead fan... in fact, i've got a tendency to be overly critical/sarcastic about them and their followers... however, this is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful song.

 
Totally agree, it puts me in a good place- a nice warm smile...
I'm not a huge Dead fan... in fact, i've got a tendency to be overly critical/sarcastic about them and their followers... however, this is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful song.