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Grateful Dead — Franklin's Tower
Album: Blues for Allah
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Released: 1975
Length: 4:25
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In another times forgotten space
Your eyes looked from your mother's face
Wallflower seed on the sand and stone
May the four winds blow you safely home.

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew

I'll tell you where the four winds dwell
In Franklin's tower there hangs a bell
It can ring, turn night to day
It can ring like fire when you loose your way.

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew

God save the child that rings that bell
It may have one good ring, baby, you can't tell
One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused listen to the music play.

(instrumental)

Some come to laugh their past away
Some come to make it just one more day
Whichever way your pleasure tends
If you plant ice you're gonna harvest the wind.

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew

In Franklin's tower the four winds sleep
Like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep
Wildflower seed on the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again.

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
You'd better roll away the dew

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
You'd better roll away the dew - roll away.
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 2020sk wrote:
Someone tell me how much grass do I need to smoke to make this band sound talented? Oh I know, I'm blaspheming, but I've kept an open mind for so long now, I'm coming to the conclusion only proper musicians can appreciate the Grateful Dead, which means I never will. I guess you had to be there. Sorry, so sorry...
 

It's OK, some folks, actually many, don't get it. You don't get it, likely never will. Accept it. I'm happy for those who do, sad for those who don't. What an experience it was catching GD in Phoenix and Vegas in the 90s! Masters of the "jam"!
Some comments are like Sanskrit has been read to a donkey...
 2020sk wrote:
Someone tell me how much grass do I need to smoke to make this band sound talented?  ....
 
Lots, I suppose. 

I've smoked lots and lots at a single sitting, and have never understood the Grateful Dead attraction.  I'm the proper age and possess the same political beliefs (I assume) as many Dead Heads ... but they've got an extra chromosome or something.

PS: Mass quantity consumption of other chemicals does not change my ability to 'grok' these guys.
Must be good my feet are tapping­čśÄ
 Darlington wrote:

After ignoring the Dead for the bulk of my 50 plus years of listening to music (except for actually seeing them live on a lark back in the mid 80's), I "discovered" them last year after watching the HBO Documentary "Long Strange Trip" (which I'd recommend even if you don't necessary like the Dead). Amazed it took me so long. Lots and lots "of licorice" to love, that's for sure. 
 
"God save the child that rings that bell

It may have one good ring, baby, you can't tell

One watch by night, one watch by day

If you get confused listen to the music play."

I was too young to be a deadhead when they were active, oh poor me!  Like a lot of the 60s/70s acts, boy do I wish I were there then, this one's an 8 pushing a 9....Long Live RP!!
 buddy wrote:

Don't be sorry.  You like what you like.

You have a point about musicians appreciating The Dead.  There is a level of musicality that transcends the ordinary, to be sure.  Their sophistication of group improvisation (what is often referred to as "jam") that is truly remarkable, on the level of classic improv jazz. 

The Dead also had a connection to their fans that could never quite be captured in the studio, hence the thousands of Deadheads that followed their tours around the country, and the huge catalog of bootleg recordings treasured by their fans.

The Dead were also more than a band of musicians, having come into their own out of the 60's Haight Asbury hippie movement and the San Francisco music scene.  They were, IMHO, the house band for that era.

Lastly, you also have a point when you say "guess you had to be there".  A Dead concert was more than just a music show, it was a gathering of the tribe, a cultural event set to song.  It was truly one of kind, often imitated but never equaled. 

 
The Grateful Dead played at my wedding. Well, ok actually, we got married at a Dead show at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The closest thing I think I've felt to that tribal gathering you mentioned since that show was a Bernie Sanders rally right there at the Expo. So much love and human kindness all pulled in tight like that-it's a beautiful thing. 
Image result for the emperor's new clothes

My thoughts on every Dead track ever...
 2020sk wrote:
Someone tell me how much grass do I need to smoke to make this band sound talented? Oh I know, I'm blaspheming, but I've kept an open mind for so long now, I'm coming to the conclusion only proper musicians can appreciate the Grateful Dead, which means I never will. I guess you had to be there. Sorry, so sorry...
 
I'm sorry for you

 agd3 wrote:
Excited about Dead50 coming up.  What a long strange trip it's been!
 
At 70 ... what a long strange trip it's been

I was there and remember some / most of it.

 JanzieNL wrote:
sucko - barfo - time to listen to something else for a few minutes. 
 
 
Don't muck around .... I'm sure you'll be happier at TROLL AM
A Dead song I can actually stomach.
 timmywilson wrote:
paraphrasing Jerry - the Dead are like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice. I really like licorice...
 
After ignoring the Dead for the bulk of my 50 plus years of listening to music (except for actually seeing them live on a lark back in the mid 80's), I "discovered" them last year after watching the HBO Documentary "Long Strange Trip" (which I'd recommend even if you don't necessary like the Dead). Amazed it took me so long. Lots and lots "of licorice" to love, that's for sure. 
 oldfart48 wrote:


they have..... they are the Bush klan........

 
Simpler times.
 buddy wrote:

Don't be sorry.  You like what you like.

You have a point about musicians appreciating The Dead.  There is a level of musicality that transcends the ordinary, to be sure.  Their sophistication of group improvisation (what is often referred to as "jam") that is truly remarkable, on the level of classic improv jazz. 

The Dead also had a connection to their fans that could never quite be captured in the studio, hence the thousands of Deadheads that followed their tours around the country, and the huge catalog of bootleg recordings treasured by their fans.

The Dead were also more than a band of musicians, having come into their own out of the 60's Haight Asbury hippie movement and the San Francisco music scene.  They were, IMHO, the house band for that era.

Lastly, you also have a point when you say "guess you had to be there".  A Dead concert was more than just a music show, it was a gathering of the tribe, a cultural event set to song.  It was truly one of kind, often imitated but never equaled. 

 
I had a flashback just reading this comment.  Well put.
 buddy wrote:

Don't be sorry.  You like what you like.

You have a point about musicians appreciating The Dead.  There is a level of musicality that transcends the ordinary, to be sure.  Their sophistication of group improvisation (what is often referred to as "jam") that is truly remarkable, on the level of classic improv jazz. 

The Dead also had a connection to their fans that could never quite be captured in the studio, hence the thousands of Deadheads that followed their tours around the country, and the huge catalog of bootleg recordings treasured by their fans.

The Dead were also more than a band of musicians, having come into their own out of the 60's Haight Asbury hippie movement and the San Francisco music scene.  They were, IMHO, the house band for that era.

Lastly, you also have a point when you say "guess you had to be there".  A Dead concert was more than just a music show, it was a gathering of the tribe, a cultural event set to song.  It was truly one of kind, often imitated but never equaled. 

 
Such an excellent statement. You have captured The Dead perfectly. Thank you.
paraphrasing Jerry - the Dead are like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice. I really like licorice...
Thanks for playing!!!
Don't mind the song, but the album artwork is a masterpiece. Very spiffy (spliffy? :) indeed.
Just don't like them...
My all-time favourite Dead song in concert! Thanks Bill.
Always thought the lyric was - roll away a dube {#Cowboy}
 stangalbraith wrote:
Since I first heard this album and in particular this song it has always captivated me. One of those songs that when it is played on RP, it is time to stop whatever else I am doing, turn up the volume, relax for a few minutes and listen.  It has a soothing rhythm that is both relaxing and energizing. And then, if you care to listen more closely, some great guitar work underneath it. GD is an acquired taste. When I first listened to them I found it boring. The more I listened the more I liked them until they have become a favourite. 

 
I recall the first time hearing this when I was about 10 or 11 and feeling the same way...then and now it triggers endorphins like a wonderful, nostalgic memory does. 
 shawnwu75 wrote:
This songs never fails to put a smile on my face.{#Roflol}

 
I totally agree.  {#Daisy}
 2020sk wrote:
Someone tell me how much grass do I need to smoke to make this band sound talented? Oh I know, I'm blaspheming, but I've kept an open mind for so long now, I'm coming to the conclusion only proper musicians can appreciate the Grateful Dead, which means I never will. I guess you had to be there. Sorry, so sorry...

 
Don't be sorry.  You like what you like.

You have a point about musicians appreciating The Dead.  There is a level of musicality that transcends the ordinary, to be sure.  Their sophistication of group improvisation (what is often referred to as "jam") that is truly remarkable, on the level of classic improv jazz. 

The Dead also had a connection to their fans that could never quite be captured in the studio, hence the thousands of Deadheads that followed their tours around the country, and the huge catalog of bootleg recordings treasured by their fans.

The Dead were also more than a band of musicians, having come into their own out of the 60's Haight Asbury hippie movement and the San Francisco music scene.  They were, IMHO, the house band for that era.

Lastly, you also have a point when you say "guess you had to be there".  A Dead concert was more than just a music show, it was a gathering of the tribe, a cultural event set to song.  It was truly one of kind, often imitated but never equaled. 
This songs never fails to put a smile on my face.{#Roflol}
Since I first heard this album and in particular this song it has always captivated me. One of those songs that when it is played on RP, it is time to stop whatever else I am doing, turn up the volume, relax for a few minutes and listen.  It has a soothing rhythm that is both relaxing and energizing. And then, if you care to listen more closely, some great guitar work underneath it. GD is an acquired taste. When I first listened to them I found it boring. The more I listened the more I liked them until they have become a favourite. 
 2020sk wrote:
Someone tell me how much grass do I need to smoke to make this band sound talented? Oh I know, I'm blaspheming, but I've kept an open mind for so long now, I'm coming to the conclusion only proper musicians can appreciate the Grateful Dead, which means I never will. I guess you had to be there. Sorry, so sorry...

 
It's not the grass that you need.  It's the psychedelics.
Someone tell me how much grass do I need to smoke to make this band sound talented? Oh I know, I'm blaspheming, but I've kept an open mind for so long now, I'm coming to the conclusion only proper musicians can appreciate the Grateful Dead, which means I never will. I guess you had to be there. Sorry, so sorry...
Thank you so much for providing a regular GD fix.  Too bad you can't play live show versions. 


You played violin, I guess you're good, and I played geek.When you said you still want to do something else in performance arts, everthing felt  out of place?.How did you find a geek in cyber space?

 


sucko - barfo - time to listen to something else for a few minutes. 
 
Excited about Dead50 coming up.  What a long strange trip it's been!
We need more dance tunes like this. 

And they will be dancing in Chicago for three days or more for the July shows at Soldier field.

The vibes...it will be a "happening" at lake Michigan.   

Yeah baby!

 
The Grateful Dead and The Band — Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, July 30, 31, Aug 1, 1973.
Don't remember which night I was there, but it was sterling.
Sterling.
now this puts me in a good place, and I'm grateful..

Such a pretty, trippy, little dance song...with a lot going on with the three guitar players and key boards. Some complex stuff.

Just gotta listen and move with it.   


Bill - great mixing as usual - thanks for always throwing in some genre benders
 
 (former member) wrote:


Love it...  we be dancing...



 
One day we will meet at a show given the similar taste.  Maybe some Alt-J?
Thank you Bill.  Playin' some good ones tonite.  Now bring on some Zep, Luna, and something new I will rate a 10.
My first intro to the dead was in 1969 at college.  A hippie (we all were heading in that direction) said you gotta hear them. He lit a joint, put on St. Stephen and I was hooked.  By the time This album came out, I wasn't so easily impressed.  However, help on the way, slipknot, leading into Franklin's Tower has Jerry at his sweetest, most economic beauty when he hits those first couple notes of Franklin's Tower. That melody leads right into the rolling lyrics which leads right into a nice "Roll Away The Dew". The Dead at their Best!{#Guitarist}  
 oldfart48 wrote:


they have..... they are the Bush klan........

 


 d-don wrote:

I will freely admit to being a card-carrying, tie-dyed in the wool Deadhead, but I find this so damn funny! If we can't laugh at ourselves, the terrorists win.

 

they have..... they are the Bush klan........
...after a hard day... this hits the spot!
"...at least you can tap your foot to an incoming fax." OMG! New favorite insult!
hilarious
 

d-don wrote:

I will freely admit to being a card-carrying, tie-dyed in the wool Deadhead, but I find this so damn funny! If we can't laugh at ourselves, the terrorists win.

 


Long live the spirit of Jerry and the Dead!  Move me brightly!!{#Guitarist}
Magic!
My Happy Place! Twirlin' now.{#Dancingbanana}
 karljonasson wrote:
 
I will freely admit to being a card-carrying, tie-dyed in the wool Deadhead, but I find this so damn funny! If we can't laugh at ourselves, the terrorists win.
This post is 99% of why I like this track coming up in the rotation.   

karljonasson wrote:
 


Oh yeah!  

There are so many other Dead tunes I'd like to also hear in rotation, this just happens to be one of my favorites.  
may the four winds blow you safely home

happy friday, freaks  {#Cowboy} 
Don't wanna raise the subject or specter of something ugly, but I'm wondering, in these days and age of ours, if the album cover and title ever raised any hackles.  Certain species of feces are shooting people for less. 
Doesn't compare with the live version but pretty good considering their other studio efforts....
This is one tune that shined in the studio.

And I agree... miss you Jerry.

oh how we miss you Jerry.  gotdammit.
Great tune!  
Not a huge Dead fan, but have seen them play this song live several times and there is no doubtn' the energy that comes from stage and audience- roll away on the positive vibes and enjoy........
Roll Away...The Doobie
 paranoia will destroy ya    sans wrote:
I don't trust anyone who doesn't like the Dead.
 

"Bathe Me" music.
 sans wrote:

I've seen them live more times than I can remember and I absolutely do not understand. I can fathom your dislike exactly as much as I can understand how people are attracted to the Tea Party.

 
What did the Dead Head say after he ran out of weed? 

What is that horrible noise?
{#Bananajam}If you get confused, listen to the music play. 10+, just because I can't rate it higher.{#Clap}

 calypsus_1 wrote:

Grateful Dead - "Franklin's Tower" Radio City Live (1980):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEniyvOtETc

"RIP Jerry, Pigpen, Brent and Keith. You guys still live on in spirit and in the music. What a long strange trip it's been indeed."

Well, that brought my work day to a stand still.  The boys were in rare form!
 


Nice segue sir.
A beautiful, kind, kind song.  A quintessential Dead song.  Thanks for playing, kind sir!  I love this place!
 bokey wrote:

If you had  ever seen them live you'd understand.Like an out of tune high school stoner band.

 
I've seen them live more times than I can remember and I absolutely do not understand. I can fathom your dislike exactly as much as I can understand how people are attracted to the Tea Party.

 sans wrote:
I don't trust anyone who doesn't like the Dead.
 
If you had  ever seen them live you'd understand. Like an out of tune high school stoner band.

10! and dancing!
I don't trust anyone who doesn't like the Dead.


Love it...  we be dancing...


So many haters on RP.  I love all the songs!
 Stingray wrote:
As boring and flat as 69 from 70 of their songs!

"1" and laughable!
 

ha, i never used to like The Dead but the older I get, the more appealing they are to me....
Roll away the 'Dead....

My favorite member of the Dead has always been Robert Hunter, great lyrics. "If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind." Reminds me of an old joke I heard once. "We followed The Dead around for years. One day we ran out of drugs and realized the music sucked. So we went home."


 Stingray wrote:
As boring and flat as 69 from 70 of their songs!

"1" and laughable!
 
Really? "Sowing The Seeds of Love" gets a 10, and this gets a 1? That's laughable. {#Roflol}{#Ass}{#Wave}
love the cover art too.

Dead, not so much.  I still don' get them.

I suppose it's a "you had to be there" sort of thing.

As boring and flat as 69 from 70 of their songs!

"1" and laughable!
Love the cover art.
 Papernapkin wrote:

They're not dead enough.
 
Shame on you.  You're from Mountain View.

Great album, best song!
Good stuff! {#Music}
 That_SOB wrote:

 

Life has been an antagonist to many very talented folks. Sure do miss me some Dead.. I keep thinking that
there should be a new album out and then I realize that the Dead is Dead. Exquisite while it lasted.
Perhaps in another bubble in this bubble wrap universe .....{#Meditate}

 
They're not dead enough.

 

Life has been an antagonist to many very talented folks. Sure do miss me some Dead.. I keep thinking that
there should be a new album out and then I realize that the Dead is Dead. Exquisite while it lasted.
Perhaps in another bubble in this bubble wrap universe .....{#Meditate}


I like some of their music but the thing that will always stick in my head, is the needle sticking in Jerries arm.  What a waste.{#Skull}
{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}

Jerry Garcia by ~Dead-Beat-Nick
Nick ©2006-2010 ~Dead-Beat-Nick

.

Grateful Dead - "Franklin's Tower" Radio City Live (1980)
"RIP Jerry, Pigpen, Brent and Keith. You guys still live on in spirit and in the music. What a long strange trip it's been indeed."

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Somebody needs to wake up guitar banana!!!

Nice!!
 WonderLizard wrote:
I used to love playing this. The melody is deceptively simple, and playing variations on Lesh's bass line was a ton of fun. We used to stretch out on it.
 
Phil Lesh seems to put notes where you don't expect them. He is not what you might call an "in the pocket" bassist.


 tdola2 wrote:
Deliver us from the Grateful Dead, oh Lord...
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
 
 
Agreed

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Sorry, I just wanted to see what that many of these looked like on the page. Don't really like the song that much, just wanted to do this.......carry on.{#Wink}
Always been one of my favourites from the Dead!


 peter_james_bond wrote:
Slow day jonahboo?

 
Looks like a cutaway view of my freshman dorm at Indiana University.

I loved Blues for Allah when it came out in 1975. It was my senior year in Junior High school, the Dead toured through our area the following summer and we saw them in Englishtown NJ. In those days of LP's, a record was also ranked by it's play through ability. Skipping songs involved manually skipping the stylus and was a pain in the ass. Blues for Allah is an excellent collection for both the music and the play through ability. *excellent play through 8*
Deliver us from the Grateful Dead, oh Lord...
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
 
Thank you RP for playing the Dead this AM ....needed a little inspiration!!!!
Slow day jonahboo?

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Unleash Garcia!
 bam23 wrote:

Absolutely. I think he would wish to be seen this way. Pete Seeger is probably less musically diverse, but also plays banjo. 
 

I used to have a video of a PBS profile of the band from back around 90-91. I distictly remember Jerry's response when asked, by Buck Henry, how he hoped to be remembered:

"I'd like to be remembered as an adequate guitarist." Followed by that laugh he had that allways sounded like a kid hoping he wasn't gonna get caught.



reggae rhythm...  love it...


I used to love playing this. The melody is deceptively simple, and playing variations on Lesh's bass line was a ton of fun. We used to stretch out on it.
Maybe the only song of this album i can hear. I tried with the rest, but i couldn´t. So much psicodelia for me.
FrankMc wrote:
Ice-Nine began in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle. I enjoyed the book but at this point about all I remember is Ice-Nine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice-nine

Al_Koholic wrote:

Ice-Nine is the name of Jerry's music publishing company.


You're both right!

Ice-Nine began in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle. I enjoyed the book but at this point about all I remember is Ice-Nine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice-nine

 Al_Koholic wrote:

Ice-Nine is the name of Jerry's music publishing company.

 


 hippiechick wrote:
imo, Jerry Garcia, on his own, is one of the great American folk singers, a la Pete Seeger.
 
Absolutely. I think he would wish to be seen this way. Pete Seeger is probably less musically diverse, but also plays banjo. 

 

delicious!    precious!  -    ** 9 **


Great studio cut, but what really pleases the senses the live version of this on "Dead Set." It would be sweet to one day hear some Live Dead on RP. {#Motor}
LongGoneDaddy wrote:
Franklin Hoenikker, Secret Agext X-9...planted the ice, harvested the wind...contrary to Bokononism! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27s_Cradle

Ice-Nine is the name of Jerry's music publishing company.

 hippiechick wrote:
imo, Jerry Garcia, on his own, is one of the great American folk singers, a la Pete Seeger.
 

A-hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! 

You're funny!
For those that don't know, you can download this version for Rock Band, meaning you can be Jerry, Phil, or Kreutzmann/Hart! It is a ton of fun - I can play the guitar on hard and sing the vocals on easy at the same time. I highly recommend it!
Hey Now!   Aiko Aiko!  Christ I miss Jerry!
Franklin Hoenikker, Secret Agext X-9...planted the ice, harvested the wind...contrary to Bokononism!  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27s_Cradle


imo, Jerry Garcia, on his own, is one of the great American folk singers, a la Pete Seeger.
Like so much of the Dead, charged with meaning, for those who can hear it.
DoctorHooey wrote:
Say what you will about the Dead, but they were kind people who loved music and their good energy seeps into everything they do. I love them because of the spirit and enjoyment in their music. Sometimes, especially in the dead of winter (heh, pun) I get so tired of brooding and angst that something like this feels like it's melting the snow away. Rock on, Jerry, in your endless jam with Jimi in the sky
*spins around room uncontrollably you plant ice you gonna harvest dew
This song instantly brings me back...9th grade and tagging along to my older sister's friends' parties. Her friends were in a Dead cover band and always played this one. I didn't know what I was listening to but I liked it. Summer nights, beer buzz, cute girls and the Dead.