At A Siding

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Mickey Hart

This is the third song of Robert Hunter's Terrapin Station Suite. The Dead recorded "At A Siding" on the studio version of the "Terrapin Station" suite. They never played it live with the lyrics, but once played it as an instrumental on 18 March 1977. More recently, Ratdog have introduced it into their repertoire.

There is some confusion over whether "At A Siding" includes the swooping Jerry Garcia guitar lines that precede the vocals. Aaron Donovan's analysis argues that that portion is "Terrapin Transit" and that "At A Siding" starts with the vocals. But the sheet music in "Grateful Dead Anthology" includes it as part of "At A Siding." Todd Corey's analysis also suggests it is part of "At A Siding" and not "Terrapin Transit."


While you were gone
These spaces filled with darkness
The obvious was hidden
With nothing to believe in
The compass always points to Terrapin

Sullen wings of fortune beat like rain
You're back in Terrapin for good or ill again
For good or ill again
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1977 Terrapin Station (note 1)
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1996 Play Terrapin Station The Mudkats
     1999 Terrapin Joe Gallant & Illuminati
(1) also on the compilation The Arista Years

Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For David Dodd's discussion of this song on see Greatest Stories Ever Told
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 1 (piano arrangement)


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