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Grateful Dead — Not Fade Away / Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Album: Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses)
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Released: 1971
Length: 9:06
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I wanna tell you it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
I wanna love you night and day
You know our lovin' not fade away
You know our lovin' not fade away
Not fade away

My love is bigger than a Cadillac
I try to show you but you drive me back
Your love for me has gotta be real
You're gonna know just how I feel
A love that's real not fade away
Not fade away

Going down the road feeling bad
Going down the road feeling bad
Going down the road feeling bad, hey hey hey, yeah
Don't wanna be treated this a way

Going where the climate suits my clothes
I'm going where the climate suits my clothes
Going where the climate suits my clothes
Don't wanna be treated this a way

[chorus]

Going where the water tastes like wine
Well I'm going where the water tastes like wine
Going where the water tastes like wine
I don't wanna be treated this a way

[chorus]
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 Hoosfoos wrote:
1995 - the year when Deadheads statuses slipped down a few notches to "unemployed."
 
2015 - the year this h8ful comment was added to these boards.  
 thewiseking wrote:
I have learned and it took many years to love the Grateful Dead. Why you may ask did it take so long? The answer is simple: the Dead Heads got in my way.
 
It sounds more like your own head got in your way.  At least you finally did overcome yourself.
If the first 40 seconds of this song's intro don't make colors explode in your head, esp. the staccato riffs on Jerry's guitar taking you via flashback to 1972, you're nearly dead.
 mattenuttall wrote:
We need some contrast and context here.

Take The Band. Sublimely tight musicianship,  breathing the same beat, playing their notes on a graph paper of time and sound. They are all order and control. If music wore a suit and tie, The Band is the tailor. This works, for me. I love the Band.

There is, then, The Dead: wandering and loose; coloring outside the lines just enough to make you think "hey!". It's musical pizza, rhythm and notes landing here and there, like sprinkled ingredients, but almost always these guys come together with a beautiful wholeness, like life itself. The Dead let a little entropy in.... This works, for me. I love the Dead.

This is just my opinion: I'm the guy with pizza stains on his suit jacket. 
 
Then you would have loved being at the 1973 Watkins Glen Summer Jam. There were estimated to be around 600,00 people there, far more than the 400,000 at Woodstock 4 years earlier. Unlike Woodstock, which took place over three days and had 32 bands, Watkins Glen was held on one day with only three bands. But they were the three most popular U.S. bands at the time. The Grateful Dead opened, followed by The Band, and then The Allman Brothers Band. The concert went from 12:00 PM noon until around 2:00 AM.. with a couple of rain breaks. For the last  hours members of all three bands played together. 
The only thing I regret is not knowing how we're feeling as we're going down the road.
 (anonymous) wrote:
Originally Posted by rgj13: I somehow seem not to have learned the ability to fully appreciate the Dead--I like them okay, saw them a couple times, but have not for a moment felt the tremendous awe that seems to ooze from the pores of throngs of Deadheads. Anyone who feels up to the task is hereby invited to post here, or email me, to try to explain the strength of the appeal the Dead appears to have had for them. :??: :) :wave:
First of all, to all those nay sayers (sp?) I say I can completely sympathize with your comments that the Dead can be a sloppy band with weak vocals and too much pointless meandering. Nevertheless, I certainly could listen to many a classical piece and come across feeling as if the piece had no real structure or direction and was just a lot of noodling. The genius of the Dead, and in particular Garcia, I believe is found in the way they approached their music and in essence created a new form of rock by fusing folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues and traditional rock sounds; thereby creating a new and unique sound. The bands technical ability to play instruments or compose songs was probably no better than most bands to come along (outside of Garcia who was also considered a very proficient banjo and folk guitar player prior to). But, above all else, their music shows a true commitment and dedication to the art that is clearly received by its fans. The attempt by the band, I think, was to build on what Coltrane was trying to do with his later recordings, which emphasized spontaneity. The music IS spontaneous (in contrast to say the last Rolling Stones tour), not so much prepared or rehearsed pieces even though the songs themselves have been played a thousand times. As such, the band is more vulnerable to make mistakes and be off (something the fans have always forgiven them for). It's in those magical moments where the band seems to create something out of thin air (and they certainly did create) that gets the fans off – the efforts of six or seven musicians individually, not playing their part, but creating something as if it came from one. Garcia would say that the band each considered themselves to be a finger on a hand, each playing a string of one instrument. When they were on, it was like watching an artist create his masterpiece (and you actually being a piece of it as the energy from the fans certainly fed the artists). Compare this to the Stones who, despite creating many masterpieces in the studio, some to merely recreate or copy those pieces during their live shows (which are still entertaining but barely art). The irony of course for the Dead was their apparent inability to get their act together and create a real relevant piece of work in the studio. As Bill Graham said, they're not that best at what they do, they are the only ones that do what they do. To get a better sense of the band in what I consider its peak, get a copy of a live show during the late 70's (I don't think I ever heard a bad show out of 77-78).
 
To me, the jam band method was a genius way of keeping the music fresh in order to avoid repeating themselves. Every night on tour could be approached as the  first gig of the tour.
 rtunell wrote:


Europe 72 (two CDs)
 
Europe 72 agreed
ok selection this proves that radio paradise is defacto the best playlist evah! So grateful..
Socially distant Deadhead should check out "Shakedown Stream" on YouTube - concert tonight, June 5, 2020.
STOP please
Yes yes yes yes yes ! We love it !
 idiot_wind wrote:
Its that darn Bo Diddley beat!
 
Or, as Bo himself once said, "It's the heartbeat of the universe."

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
Way, way better live....
It's a toe tapper!
 Bleyfusz wrote:

If chord repetition pisses you off like you say it does, here goes my advice: don't get even close to the album Monster Movie by Can, containing the extended version of Yoo Doo Rite, which after all is only an excerpt from a six-hours-or-so session. For me, it's one of the most mesmerizing pieces of music ever recorded.
 
Saw  The Soft Machine open for Hendrix a million years ago and  their entire forty-five
minute set was one song,"We Did It Again"...And those are all the lyrics, btw...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.


 (anonymous) wrote:
Can you believe that before I found radio Paradise two weeks ago, I had got to the age of 37 without knowingly hearing a note of the Dead's music, and despite liking loads of US stuff from their period. That's been remedied now. I'm not sure if it makes me a better person: but I certainly bop in my seat more than I used to. Can anyone recommend one CD as an introduction to them? :p
 

Europe 72 (two CDs)
The thing of it is, they were so tight butyet so loose on this song.  Quite cosmic.
Ooooooh.  Acids tests and grooving on the live version of this.
We miss you Jerry You know our love Will not fade away Kick off your shoes and dance Big 10
I have learned to love the Dead..................despite the Dead Heads
Extremely well stated...
 
mattenuttall wrote:
We need some contrast and context here.

Take The Band. Sublimely tight musicianship,  breathing the same beat, playing their notes on a graph paper of time and sound. They are all order and control. If music wore a suit and tie, The Band is the tailor. This works, for me. I love the Band.

There is, then, The Dead: wandering and loose; coloring outside the lines just enough to make you think "hey!". It's musical pizza, rhythm and notes landing here and there, like sprinkled ingredients, but almost always these guys come together with a beautiful wholeness, like life itself. The Dead let a little entropy in.... This works, for me. I love the Dead.

This is just my opinion: I'm the guy with pizza stains on his suit jacket. 
 

 idiot_wind wrote:
And don't forget this is a Buddy Holly song. 
 
or that the Stones also did a great cover .
this actually sounds really good today.  
And don't forget this is a Buddy Holly song. 
I just watched the 2018 Scorcese documentary on the Dead.

Wow. Wow. Wow.  

And don't ever forget:  it was the US Army that dosed recruits with LSD, when it was legal. Ken Kesey  and Neal Cassidy later followed with the acid tests.
I have learned and it took many years to love the Grateful Dead. Why you may ask did it take so long? The answer is simple: the Dead Heads got in my way.
went where the climate suites my clothes, and took the Dead with me. 
 (anonymous) wrote:
Can you believe that before I found radio Paradise two weeks ago, I had got to the age of 37 without knowingly hearing a note of the Dead's music, and despite liking loads of US stuff from their period. That's been remedied now. I'm not sure if it makes me a better person: but I certainly bop in my seat more than I used to. Can anyone recommend one CD as an introduction to them? :p
 

Europe '72 - 
Love the guitar.
 mattenuttall wrote:
We need some contrast and context here.

Take The Band. Sublimely tight musicianship,  breathing the same beat, playing their notes on a graph paper of time and sound. They are all order and control. If music wore a suit and tie, The Band is the tailor. This works, for me. I love the Band.

There is, then, The Dead: wandering and loose; coloring outside the lines just enough to make you think "hey!". It's musical pizza, rhythm and notes landing here and there, like sprinkled ingredients, but almost always these guys come together with a beautiful wholeness, like life itself. The Dead let a little entropy in.... This works, for me. I love the Dead.

This is just my opinion: I'm the guy with pizza stains on his suit jacket. 
 
Great post, mattenuttall!  And I like the anaology (and image) of the pizza vs. suit....and I'll say I'm the guy wearing the suit with swim shorts under the pants just in case...Long Live RP!!
We need some contrast and context here.

Take The Band. Sublimely tight musicianship,  breathing the same beat, playing their notes on a graph paper of time and sound. They are all order and control. If music wore a suit and tie, The Band is the tailor. This works, for me. I love the Band.

There is, then, The Dead: wandering and loose; coloring outside the lines just enough to make you think "hey!". It's musical pizza, rhythm and notes landing here and there, like sprinkled ingredients, but almost always these guys come together with a beautiful wholeness, like life itself. The Dead let a little entropy in.... This works, for me. I love the Dead.

This is just my opinion: I'm the guy with pizza stains on his suit jacket. 
 ddpakey wrote:

This https://www.podcastrepublic.ne... is what you need. I promise. Start with Episode 1.

 
No. No,no no no ... You don't "understand" the Dead in any deliberate, conscious sense. You accept them when they catch you on the uptake.
Love the guitar conversations back and forth  .   .   .  
 rgj13 wrote:
I somehow seem not to have learned the ability to fully appreciate the Dead--I like them okay, saw them a couple times, but have not for a moment felt the tremendous awe that seems to ooze from the pores of throngs of Deadheads. Anyone who feels up to the task is hereby invited to post here, or email me, to try to explain the strength of the appeal the Dead appears to have had for them. :??: :) :wave:
 
This https://www.podcastrepublic.ne... is what you need. I promise. Start with Episode 1.
Tomasni wrote:
Rating down from 7 to 3 and then SKIP
Agreed
 
"My love is bigger than a Cadillac
I try to show you but you drive me back"

I know I'm just too literal, but that's funny!

Rating down from 7 to 3 and then SKIP
Status for  me  8- down to 7
One of the most overrated bands of all time.
That Bo Didley beat will drive you crazy.

Yeah, baby! 
Let Trey sing!
Nice guitar but too much dead air space. No pun intended. 
 javafreek wrote:
Live Dead is the best Dead.

 
Live Dead is the only Dead.
 buddy wrote:
Just saw Dead & Company at the last two shows of the summer tour in Boulder. The final show was magical. Thanks for spinning this one, Bill!
 
I was there as well, on the stadium floor, vaping &  twirling. {#Wave}  cosmic experience.
Just saw Dead & Company at the last two shows of the summer tour in Boulder. The final show was magical. Thanks for spinning this one, Bill!
 
 Love this
7 -> 8 Most Excellent
 sfyi2001 wrote:

                                 Several guys in the same band, each playing a different song. 

 

 
I wonder how they can do that :)
Why don't you play this every Friday?  

It sets the mood for the weekend.

Still some of the best guitar work I've ever heard. 

Yeah baby!
Never got the hype surrounding this band, other than a great band name they sound unmelodic and monotonous



                                 Several guys in the same band, each playing a different song. 

 
 TheNorb wrote:
Whenever I hear this song I'm surprised again that it's technically possible for a song to be that boring. And it just doesn't stop repeating the same chords again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again (short excerpt).

 
If chord repetition pisses you off like you say it does, here goes my advice: don't get even close to the album Monster Movie by Can, containing the extended version of Yoo Doo Rite, which after all is only an excerpt from a six-hours-or-so session. For me, it's one of the most mesmerizing pieces of music ever recorded.
Deeply, permanently etched into the consciousness. Thank you Grateful Dead, for everything. 
I have grown to love The Dead, especially the spacey, improvisational jams. Sure it ain't Rock and Roll like the original or the Stones versions and that turns alot of folks off.
 ScottishWillie wrote:
I was born in 1958 and I have no excuses for the fact that it has taken 58 years to ge into The Dead. Thank you Radio Paradise for giving me this oppertunty!

 
This jam has introduced many a folk to the Dead. Welcome, friend! 
{#Dancingbanana}
 ScottishWillie wrote:
I was born in 1958 and I have no excuses for the fact that it has taken 58 years to ge into The Dead. Thank you Radio Paradise for giving me this oppertunty!

 
Welcome aboard! Grab a seat and get comfortable... real comfortable. {#Wink}

Or just {#Bananasplit}{#Dance}{#Guitarist}{#Drummer}
The Dead lives!
She's amazed and found a way
and dear eyes looking at the deal I have

Randy Marsh's cover:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0RxkxEorG4

 


I was born in 1958 and I have no excuses for the fact that it has taken 58 years to ge into The Dead. Thank you Radio Paradise for giving me this oppertunty!
Live Dead is the best Dead.
 fredriley wrote:
Aaarrrgh! Every time I hit PSD during this song, it reverts back to Play. It must be a conspiracy by deadhead hackers who've infiltrated RP's systems. Be afraid, be very afraid...{#Stop}

 
"...Fred, this is sergeant Sacker. Listen to me. We've traced the call... it's coming from inside the house. Now a squad car's coming over there right now, just get out of that house!"
 idiot_wind wrote:
Its that darn Bo Diddley beat!

 
Def the Diddley man
ROCK AND FUCKING ROLL!!!
 TheNorb wrote:
Whenever I hear this song I'm surprised again that it's technically possible for a song to be that boring. And it just doesn't stop repeating the same chords again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again (short excerpt).

 
Hmmmm... music that repeats chords is boring.  

Maybe some education is in order:  https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_forum/index.php?showtopic=49712

or... maybe music isn't for you.
Its that darn Bo Diddley beat!
How sweet, today this was played right after "Well Alright" by Blind Faith
Uh...what's that strange sound? 

Oh yeah...guitars (rhythm and lead). Oh....and a bass player who knows how to play.  And two drummers that understand syncopation.

It's only RnR...but I like it.  
 
These two Dead songs blow through my mind like a breeze flowing through a field of wildflowers on a summer morning.
Whenever I hear this song I'm surprised again that it's technically possible for a song to be that boring. And it just doesn't stop repeating the same chords again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again (short excerpt).
I was force-fed the Dead for two years in my college dorm, by a pack of reprobates who cranked up the New Riders on those rare occasions when they felt they needed a break.

I got over it, and am now sufficiently recovered that I can give these tunes an 8. 
Been on a Dead binge since before going to the two Santa Clara shows, thanks for keeping it going!!
Grateful the dead did 50!
Tune always puts a smile on my face.
I kind of like the optimism of these guys, that you can be grateful and dead at the same time. 
 fredriley wrote:
Aaarrrgh! Every time I hit PSD during this song, it reverts back to Play. It must be a conspiracy by deadhead hackers who've infiltrated RP's systems. Be afraid, be very afraid...{#Stop}

 
You go down that road Fred and pretty soon you will be feelin' good.
 fredriley wrote:
Aaarrrgh! Every time I hit PSD during this song, it reverts back to Play. It must be a conspiracy by deadhead hackers who've infiltrated RP's systems. Be afraid, be very afraid...{#Stop}

 
Resistance is futile!  You will be assimilated!
Aaarrrgh! Every time I hit PSD during this song, it reverts back to Play. It must be a conspiracy by deadhead hackers who've infiltrated RP's systems. Be afraid, be very afraid...{#Stop}
Time for my daily snoregasm. 
 music_man wrote:
I realize this is a pretty polarizing band for many of you.  It's interesting because I remember there was a point where I could not understand what was so great about these guys and why everybody had to go to all of the shows, collect bootlegs, etc.  Then I met someone who collected all the bootlegs and would play them all the time.  It started to seep into my brain a bit.  I ended up going to a few shows and then was HOOKED!  A lightbulb went off and I never looked back.  I'm not saying it's for everyone... but damn I love me some Good 'Ol Grateful Dead!!!!

 
Probably more a bi-polarizing band for many of you.
I miss Jerry
 LPCity wrote:

I'd rather hear Gary Busey pretending to be Buddy Holly playing Not Fade Away.

Goin' Down the Road redeems the whole mess a bit. Maybe it took them that long to all get on the same beat.

 

A 6



 
So, so harsh. {#Whipit}

At least you remember Gary Busey before he cashed in with his goofy-brain-damaged schtick ("FIND...GARY BUSEY!")

The Dead were never a tight band as far as I can tell. Their playing wandered as much as Gary's mind does on his bad days. But the Dead were still cool. 


The boys at their best!
Bill, Please play more GD!
 kingart wrote:
nexxxxxxxxxxxtttttttttttt. 

 
As much as I like Not Fade Away, I (just like you!), can't wait to get to Goin' Down the Road and Feeling Bad. 

Always good to meet another GD fan.
Phil Lesh{#Daisy}
nexxxxxxxxxxxtttttttttttt. 
 music_man wrote:
I realize this is a pretty polarizing band for many of you.  It's interesting because I remember there was a point where I could not understand what was so great about these guys and why everybody had to go to all of the shows, collect bootlegs, etc.  Then I met someone who collected all the bootlegs and would play them all the time.  It started to seep into my brain a bit.  I ended up going to a few shows and then was HOOKED!  A lightbulb went off and I never looked back.  I'm not saying it's for everyone... but damn I love me some Good 'Ol Grateful Dead!!!!

 
hee hee

{#Devil_pimp} 
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Beautiful segue from Bo Diddley.  Nicely done x

 
AndAgain
Beautiful segue from Bo Diddley.  Nicely done x
Dare I say it? Although this is highly accomplished, and I may be bang out of order for raising criticism, there is no soul in this, as far as I can tell, and though I am assured that this band is one of the coolest ever, this track does nothing for me, the guitar solos are half-hearted, the singers seem deliberately to be getting their harmonies out of synch in order to spite one another, there is plenty of structure, but no payoff, as though they just couldn't be bothered to go anywhere with this, and only wanted to pass some time.
But if someone wants to share a joint with me, we could listen again, and perhaps I can be persuaded otherwise! 
I realize this is a pretty polarizing band for many of you.  It's interesting because I remember there was a point where I could not understand what was so great about these guys and why everybody had to go to all of the shows, collect bootlegs, etc.  Then I met someone who collected all the bootlegs and would play them all the time.  It started to seep into my brain a bit.  I ended up going to a few shows and then was HOOKED!  A lightbulb went off and I never looked back.  I'm not saying it's for everyone... but damn I love me some Good 'Ol Grateful Dead!!!!
WooooHooo!  God bless the Grateful Dead!
Most over rated traveling bar band of all time.
 Hoosfoos wrote:
1995 - the year when Deadheads statuses slipped down a few notches to "unemployed."

 
Personally I don't like this track at all and I haven't heard anything much from the GD that I like, if anything. But I'm happy enough that they've been around to make music that so many appreciate.

I cannot say the same thing about you however Hoosfoos since your every utterance is at best negative and at worst a misanthropic self-delusional attempt at wit. You make Stingray appear open-minded and practically unctuous, and that's really saying something.

Nonetheless I defend your right to post any music-related comment your bowels feel moved to produce. 
1995 - the year when Deadheads statuses slipped down a few notches to "unemployed."
 DanFHiggins wrote:
 jules44 wrote:
Enough already!
This song doesnt have the same effect as when I was high  a teen.
Tedious 

 
Hell I can still smell the pot, taste the wine and see all the people dancing in the crowd!

 
Cap Center, final show of a 4 night stand, September 06, 1988?

Yep - I was there.
 kingart wrote:
 Did they regularly turn 4 minute tunes into twaddling jamming sweet guitar 14 minute epics so their adoring fans could say they saw a 6 hour Dead concert?  "I smoked some dope, fell asleep, and when I woke up they were still playing the same tune..."

 

Yes.  Far out, isn't it?


Splendid!!!

 
Yay!  Some LIVE Dead on RP.  Thank you!!!! 
Rockin!
Dance, dance, dance, smile. If only in my head....

Need an 11 for this one!

Looks like a 50th reunion tour is coming up next year. 

{#Guitarist}


For all the naysayers, once you learn the subtleties of the Dead (if you choose to do so) you will realize this is Godlike.
 Krakus wrote:
Stoner's ultimate band! {#Drunk}

 
nah, that would be Pink Floyd.

The Dead are far better than that


What a freakin album. They do such a nice trippy version of the Bo D beat. It's more Bo than Bo! 

I'd rather hear Gary Busey pretending to be Buddy Holly playing Not Fade Away.

Goin' Down the Road redeems the whole mess a bit. Maybe it took them that long to all get on the same beat.

 

A 6


{#Dancingbanana_2} {#Guitarist} {#Bananajam}{#Cheers}
 jules44 wrote:
Enough already!
This song doesnt have the same effect as when I was high  a teen.
Tedious 

 




Hell I can still smell the pot, taste the wine and see all the people dancing in the crowd!
Enough already!
This song doesnt have the same effect as when I was high  a teen.
Tedious 
Songs like this make me wish for a PSD button in the Roku app...
{#Clap} {#Cheers} {#Clap} {#Cheers}
I was sitting in my classroom and this song came on.  I apologised to my students at the time but said this song can only be played at full volume.  No matter to them, they thought it was cool.  None had heard the song before.  9th graders! I told them I was their age when I first heard The Dead play this in 1978 in New Haven.  It still is an experience to listen to.  Mostly it makes me thankful for the experiences then and thankful for a place like paradise.

Two American classics, by an American Classic.
 
what a gem!
Phil Lesh never gets enough credit.
 oldfart48 wrote:

we are all bozos on this bus....don't forget  to pump up your shoes.....

 
Shoes for industry! Shoes for The Dead!
 Stingray wrote:
One of the worst an most stupid songs I have ever heard!

I have not heard one single song of GD yet, that moved me. NOT ONE!



 
Has it occurred to you that part of your reaction to music is based on ignorance? That is, these two version of a traditional (Going Down the Road...) and more recent (Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly) are actually interpretations of others' work. If you don't like them, that's fine. But your comments often suggest strongly that you are not all that familiar with what you complain about. Ignorance does not seem to be bliss for you! Anyway, enjoy what you will and I will enjoy this.
Yawwwnn - didn't like 'em then, still don't.
Stoner's ultimate band! {#Drunk}