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Grateful Dead — Touch of Grey
Album: In the Dark
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Released: 1987
Length: 5:36
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Paint by number morning sky looks so phony.
Dawn is breaking everywhere, light a candle, curse the glare
Draw the curtains I don't care, 'cause it's all right
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

I see you've got your list out, say your peace and get out.
Yes I get the gist of it, but it's all right
Sorry that you feel that way, the only thing there is to say is...
Every silver lining's got a touch of grey.
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

It's a lesson to me, the Ables on the bakers and the c's
The abc's we all must face, try to keep a little grace

Chorus

It's a lesson to me,
The Delta's or the East and the freezes.
The abc's-- we all think of, and try to keep a little love.

I know the rent is in arrears
the dog has not been fed in years
it's even worse than it appears but, it's all right

Cow is giving kerosene, kid can't read at seventeen
The words he knows are all obscene, but it's all right
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

The shoe on the hand that fits, there's really nothin' much to it
Whistle through your teeth and spit, 'cause it's all right
Oh well a touch of grey, kinda suits you anyway,
That is all I had to say, if it's all right
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

We will get by... X3 then fade
We will survive!
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 tony_b wrote:

Worst dead song ever



Like it or not, it did introduce many GenX/MTV Generation types to the Dead for the first time, and many of us have gone on to appreciate the Dead more fully from there...
I'd have liked to hear this band rock out a bit more, like on Fire on the mountain (love jamming that with a mate)
 Leslie wrote:
wxman wrote:
Its nice to hear this on RP. I've heard that true deadheads despised this song for it's commercial success, but I think that's a bunch of crap. A true deadhead will listen to whatever the hell they feel like, regardless of what anyone thinks.
Being a Deadhead who has listened to their music every single day for the past 27 years I have to say that this is one of the worst songs they ever recorded (though I did like the video). Oh, and Trebor, by the time you posted your comment the song was already over so I guess you didn't leave afterall :lol:
 
Being a non-Deadhead who changed the channel on the seemingly same 3 roboplay FM Dead songs, I have to say this is one of the best songs they ever recorded.  
looks like they knew how to cover their noses in '87
Fantastic! Love it every time I hear it.

Thanks B&R!
 tony_b wrote:
Worst dead song ever
 

My favorite Traveling Wilburys tune.
Sounds great on the FLAC stream!
 Drone212 wrote:
Worst Dead song ever.
 
For me, it's the only tolerable Dead song.
 justin4kick wrote:
This song proves you you don't need any talent to make it as a rock band.

 
Funny. I've said that many times about earlier Dead ditties.  Tracks like THIS would have made me more of a fan. It sounds like they were in tune and wry and sober. 
This song proves you you don't need any talent to make it as a rock band.
 unclehud wrote:
Lord have mercy!  If I have to hear this one more time — on any medium — I will NOT survive!

 
Ha!  Overplayed as it is I have to admit that this was the first Dead song I ever really liked.  Not much of a fan I guess.  I also really liked the song Shakedown Street(!!) which is sacrilege to many Deadheads. 
Well, it's better than Disco-Dead.
Lord have mercy!  If I have to hear this one more time — on any medium — I will NOT survive!
 eve_silver wrote:
 Drone212 wrote:
Worst Dead song ever.
  Agree

 
I disagree. For me, it's one of their better tunes. It's witty, doesn't meander, has a catchy melody and, unlike at least some of their live tracks, is actually in tune and key! 
 Hoosfoos wrote:
THIS IS A GRATEFUL DEAD SONG THAT I ACTUALLY LIKE

 
Spoken like a true non-Deadhead!

I'm only partially a fan of the greater GD catalog , appreciate them a lot, and personally I rate this an 8.
 ch83575 wrote:
This song doesn't really do them justice, but its not a bad song.  Plus, the video made up for it in my opinion. 

 
Oh man, back when MTV was relevant! This video, Michael Jackson's Thriller, Genesis' Land of Confusion... The 80s gave us quite a few gems. Some of them don't hold up without nostalgia-goggles (Dire Straits' Money for Nothing, I'm looking at you) but I love them all the same.
THIS IS A GRATEFUL DEAD SONG THAT I ACTUALLY LIKE
This song doesn't really do them justice, but its not a bad song.  Plus, the video made up for it in my opinion. 
Definitely not my favourite, but it was always fun to dance to.
Worst dead song ever
Those high harmonies are spot on.
The song that connected the Dead  to non boomers and non Deadheads before the end, so kinda poignant.  
Love this song and the video, of course {#Cheesygrin}
Somebody really needs to feed the dog, though.
The previous Radiators's song, from a band I really known nothing about, called to mind the Dead, then this comes on. Not the selection I would choose, but something of the vibe must be connecting across the ether. And, no, I must object to calling this the worst Dead song ever. They did worse, but although this was a bit out of their groove (or rut, depending on when in the 90s one is referring to), it's pretty good.
Bah.  One hit wonders.

{#Dancingbanana_2}
 Larrygrrl wrote:
why why why?

 
What, they didn't give you enough albums and shows over 30 years? So they went Top-40 for one song. Not a sacrilege.
 MinMan wrote:
These lyrics provide evidence to the theory that drugs sap initiative & lower expectations for personal growth.

 
It may also depend upon which drugs one is talking about.
These lyrics provide evidence to the theory that drugs sap initiative & lower expectations for personal growth.
 Webfoot wrote:

As they say here, "we smoked it all."

 
save some for this July...
sent in my envelop and fingers crossed 
 wrangler wrote:
smoke 'em if ya got 'em!  {#Cowboy}

 
As they say here, "we smoked it all."
smoke 'em if ya got 'em!  {#Cowboy}
Doing paper work and now foot tapping ,,,, and looking up at a framed photo of Jerry.  RIP ... miss you guys.
 Drone212 wrote:
Worst Dead song ever.
 
Mostly agree, just need to remove the word "Dead".....
 Drone212 wrote:
Worst Dead song ever.

 



Agree
This is probably the first Dead song I ever heard.  I was a young child and it was on commercial radio.  I remember being slightly freaked out by the band's name.  Not until years later would I find my self dancing like a lunatic, looking for a miracle, dining on the finest dirty hippie parking lot fare, and enjoying the hell out of myself in the final years of the Dead's tours.  I had a great time at many shows and feel blessed to have enjoyed it before Jerry was gone.  "Grateful Dead!" is now a joyful phrase and this song is the perfect exclamation point.
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
If you are not a Dead fan, read 'Searching For The Sound' by Phil Lesh, (with an objective mind, of course), and you will come to appreciate the band's music even more.  Great description of this song and album coming to life.  Glass up!! {#Cheers}

 
I'll have to check it out...with an open mind of course.  I'm glad the GD bring so much joy to so many people. That, to me, is what music is all about.  Not a hater, I just don't prefer them.
why why why?
If you are not a Dead fan, read 'Searching For The Sound' by Phil Lesh, (with an objective mind, of course), and you will come to appreciate the band's music even more.  Great description of this song and album coming to life.  Glass up!! {#Cheers}
 d-don wrote:


As one of the faithful, I thank you for your words.
 

I'm thankful he said "canon" and not "cannon".
Rads > the GD. Very nice. Thx RP.
Happy 70th Birthday (eve), Jerry.  RIP.

Songwriters: GARCIA, JERRY / HUNTER, ROBERT
I see you've got your list out, say your piece and get out
Guess I get the gist of it, but it's alright
Sorry that you feel that way.
The only thing there is to say
Every silver lining's got a touch of grey
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.


Worst Dead song ever.
Very nice!
Nice! Fun tune.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Another Dead song, another feeding frenzy for the haters, another altar for the faithful, another day.

I, too, have followed them from the beginning—in fact from the time they were The Warlocks, and regardless of what you think of its place in the greater canon of their work, this is a pretty cool song. Garcia's solo could serve as an object lesson to beginning guitarists on how to build your solo around the song's melody.

I miss Jerry as a creative force. No matter where he was, no matter the genre, he made things happen.
 

As one of the faithful, I thank you for your words.
once again...


the most WELL NAMED band...


EVER


Needed this today - gracias
 WonderLizard wrote:
Another Dead song, another feeding frenzy for the haters, another altar for the faithful, another day.

I, too, have followed them from the beginning—in fact from the time they were The Warlocks, and regardless of what you think of its place in the greater canon of their work, this is a pretty cool song. Garcia's solo could serve as an object lesson to beginning guitarists on how to build your solo around the song's melody.

I miss Jerry as a creative force. No matter where he was, no matter the genre, he made things happen.
 

{#Clap}
 WonderLizard wrote:
Another Dead song, another feeding frenzy for the haters, another altar for the faithful, another day.

... Garcia's solo could serve as an object lesson to beginning guitarists on how to build your solo around the song's melody.

I miss Jerry as a creative force. No matter where he was, no matter the genre, he made things happen.
 
Ho man, you really hit the nail with this one WonderLizard!

I actually Love this song for what it represents (Jerry coming back for Round 2). And I totally dig the guitar solo. Wiht the comment above, I now have a handle with which to listen to it, building around the melody. Perfect.

And yes, there is a Lion in that man.

Another Dead song, another feeding frenzy for the haters, another altar for the faithful, another day.

I, too, have followed them from the beginning—in fact from the time they were The Warlocks, and regardless of what you think of its place in the greater canon of their work, this is a pretty cool song. Garcia's solo could serve as an object lesson to beginning guitarists on how to build your solo around the song's melody.

I miss Jerry as a creative force. No matter where he was, no matter the genre, he made things happen.
 Leslie wrote:

Not really. I could probably easily name 50 Dead tunes that I love right off the top of my head. There are only a handful that I don't care for - this being one.
 
This is the only Dead song I could name off the top of my head and probably only if heard it playing.  Never could get into the Dead...at all and this is probably the one and only song I ever liked (not so much anymore because of the massive overplay in the summer of 87).


Cracks me up how much negativity this song seems to attract from some...  I happen to *love* it, so thanks for playing!
GAAAH! I am actually tempted to make an exception to my "no song should be rated Sucko-Barfo" policy for this song.


Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir - Interview p2 Letterman (1987):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiFga8hwwF8


Grateful Dead - "Touch of Grey" Live San Francisco (1991):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l38YXrGJxx0

please make it stop...for the love of all that's good in the world... :frustrated: :P
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Oh dear god, why can't we just get some decent live Dead on here? This stuff gives them a bad name.
I have uploaded several live tunes (ones regarded as some of their best) but Rebecca has rejected them all. I don't bother anymore.
I loved this song before its commercial release. Of course I went through the anathema phase with it as well. Now I've learned to distinguish the song I like from the phase of the Dead's history that I could have done without. :good-vibes:
Oh dear god, why can't we just get some decent live Dead on here? This stuff gives them a bad name.
rscherm wrote:
anudder picky deadhead
Not really. I could probably easily name 50 Dead tunes that I love right off the top of my head. There are only a handful that I don't care for - this being one.
Leslie wrote:
Being a Deadhead who has listened to their music every single day for the past 27 years I have to say that this is one of the worst songs they ever recorded (though I did like the video).
anudder picky deadhead
Sure isn't what I think of when I think of the Dead, but it's still catchy and groovy.
Leslie wrote:
Being a Deadhead who has listened to their music every single day for the past 27 years I have to say that this is one of the worst songs they ever recorded (though I did like the video).
Amen.
wxman wrote:
Its nice to hear this on RP. I've heard that true deadheads despised this song for it's commercial success, but I think that's a bunch of crap. A true deadhead will listen to whatever the hell they feel like, regardless of what anyone thinks.
Being a Deadhead who has listened to their music every single day for the past 27 years I have to say that this is one of the worst songs they ever recorded (though I did like the video). Oh, and Trebor, by the time you posted your comment the song was already over so I guess you didn't leave afterall :lol:
well.. guess I'm off for another station for a while.. can't stand the dead even when they were alive.
gregorbill wrote:
I love the weird things amazon comes up with for pages like this. You can buy this CD with 7 tracks for $18, or with 8 tracks for $42. Track number 8 must really be something special to be worth more than the combined values of tracks 1-7.
That extra song is "My Brother Esau" which was the B side of the single "Touch of Grey",. It's a great song but you're right it's probably not worth the extra $24. I still have that single somewhere, I wonder if its worth something...
Its nice to hear this on RP. I've heard that true deadheads despised this song for it's commercial success, but I think that's a bunch of crap. A true deadhead will listen to whatever the hell they feel like, regardless of what anyone thinks.
I remember this video from my childhood, and I still love the song. I was probably four years old at the time, but it's funny how these things make an impact. I remember the skeletons playing, and being freaked out by them, but still loving the music. Is it sad that one of my early memories is of MTV? It's my generation, I guess-- although MTV these days is awful. I also remember a video that was mostly claymation being played quite a bit at that time, and loving that too.
I love the weird things amazon comes up with for pages like this. You can buy this CD with 7 tracks for $18, or with 8 tracks for $42. Track number 8 must really be something special to be worth more than the combined values of tracks 1-7.
:bounc :bounce: :guitarist: e: :sunny.gif: :skull:
the catchy rhythm and chorus of this song make it wonderful, whatever its weaknesses may be -- you go, Mickey Hart!
Great lyrics, nice melody, and a really pleasent spirit that is let down a little by those typically weak Dead vocals. Has anyone ever covered this song?
Leslie wrote:
The song is okay, I am pretty sick of it, but the MTV video is a lot of fun. First time skeletons played on MTV I bet. :lol: :cool: And doesn't a dog run off with somebody's leg bone at the end of the video? Silly stuff that made me smile.
That is a funny video and has footage of Shoreline (great place to see a show) too if I am not mistaken. A song even the non-heads can love. :D/
Man, my day needed this. Instant pick me up. Instant good mood. Thanks RP! :jump: :jump:
"Paint by number morning sky, looks so phony" Robert Hunter is a master.
Fresh, cool, funny,... :bounce:
Originally Posted by thrazzle: Sure they played this on commercial radio. And didnt YOU all like it when they did! :clap:
Yup. Still do. How about tossing in Scarlet Begonias and Ripple now, Bill?
:bounce:
The head\'s a bobin\', the feet\'s a tappin\'. Me likes.
I have never seen the use of the word \"pop\" as a dirty word so much as on RP. There is nothing wrong with pop in essence. It just means the music/lyrics appeal to wide segment of society and, as far as I can tell, that\'s a novel idea -- inclusiveness. That being said, I will never be a fan of any Dead work, but much of it is tolerable (ah, tolerance -- also inclusive).
Originally Posted by window: This song might make all true Deadheads cringe because of its mainstream success, but for me... well, it's always made me smile and dance. Even when I can't see the silver lining, "I will get by" lifts my spirits. Thanks, Bill.
I agree with you. Though I am happy they did have some mainstream success. It was a good thing when pukey top 40 dj's announced "and now here is the latest from the Grateful Dead"... ;)
One of my anthems! What a great song. Whenever the troubles of life get me down, this song never fails to put things into perspective. I will get by. I will survive. Thanks, Bill.
\"Its a lesson to me\" \"Any scenes we all think up to try to win a little love\" Keep Jerry playing! It is SO great to hear him/them. Sure they played this on commercial radio. And didnt YOU all like it when they did! :clap:
So when Jerry died, a deadhead died on the same day. Sadly, they both found themselves on the way to Hell. But at the gates of Hell, the Devil granted them each a final request. So Jerry said, "I'd like to play 'Touch of Grey' just one final time." The Devil turned to the deadhead and said, "What about you?". The deadhead replied, "I'll just go on down now."
The Grateful Dead never where as big (leave alone the sort of institute they where in the States) in the Netherlands (the rest of the world?), so this one is far from being overplayed to me. Nice to hear the Dead in this pop orientated way and notice they remained truthful to themselves.
The song is okay, I am pretty sick of it, but the MTV video is a lot of fun. First time skeletons played on MTV I bet. :lol: :cool: And doesn't a dog run off with somebody's leg bone at the end of the video? Silly stuff that made me smile.
This song might make all true Deadheads cringe because of its mainstream success, but for me... well, it\'s always made me smile and dance. Even when I can\'t see the silver lining, \"I will get by\" lifts my spirits. Thanks, Bill.
Granted, this song has been beaten nearly to death by mainstream radio, but its still a fine example of the excellent musicianship of the Dead. The second and final time I saw them they opened with this song. That was a year before Jerry died.