Box Of Rain

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Phil Lesh

Look out of any window
Any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
Birds are winging, no rain is falling from a heavy sky
What do you want me to do
To do for you to see you through?
For this is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago

Walk out of any doorway
Feel your way like the day before
Maybe you'll find direction
Around some corner where it's been waiting to meet you
What do you want me to do
To watch for you while you're sleeping?
Then please don't be surprised when you find me dreaming too

Look into any eyes
You find by you; you can see clear to another day
Maybe been seen before
Through other eyes on other days while going home
What do you want me to do
To do for you to see you through?
It's all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago

Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land
Maybe you're tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted with words half spoken and thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
To do for you, to see you through?
A box of rain will ease the pain and love will see you through

Just a box of rain, wind and water
Believe it if you need it, if you don't just pass it on
Sun and shower, wind and rain
In and out the window like a moth before a flame

And it's just a box of rain, I don't know who put it there
Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare
And it's just a box of rain, or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long, long time to be gone and a short time to be there
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1970 American Beauty (note 1)
     28 Feb 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 28
      7 Jul 1989 Crimson, White and Indigo (DVD & CD)
     19 Jul 1989 Fallout From The Phil Zone
     19 Mar 1990 Searching For The Sound (note 2) (note 3)
     12 Jul 1990 View From The Vault II (DVD only)
     26 May 1993 Road Trips Vol 2, No 4
      9 Jul 1995 Searching For The Sound (note 2)

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings
 
Phil Lesh and Friends Recordings
     19 May 2006 Live At The Warfield

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Robert Hunter Concert Recordings
 
Dead-related recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     [?] Sing Out For Seva Phil Lesh
     1980 Jack O'Roses Robert Hunter
     1990 Box Of Rain Robert Hunter
 
Tribute Albums
     Date Album Recorded By
     2000 Pickin' On The Grateful Dead Vol 2 David West et al
     2001 Gratefully Yours Jim Hudak
     2002 Electronic Tribute To The Grateful Dead Various (Galactic Achievement Society)
     2013 Harpin' On The Dead Anela Lauren
 
Covers By Other Artists
     Date Album Recorded By
     1992 Nicky Holland Nicky Holland
     1992 Hurricane's Eye Robin Hurt
     1995 Sloan Wainwright Sloan Wainwright
     1996 New Morning Toni Brown
     1998 Mileage Mick Overman

Notes
(1) also on the compilation The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead
(2) these tracks are on bonus CDs given away with copies of Phil Lesh's book "Searching For The Sound." The recording from 9 July 1995 was issued with copies bought from Powell's bookstore. The recording from 19 March 1990 was issued with copies of the CD audio-book (Phil Lesh reading an abridged version of his book).
(3) also on the box set Spring 1990


Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For information on references in the lyrics see David Dodd's Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 1 (piano arrangement)
          Grateful Dead Authentic Guitar Classics Volume 1 (guitar TAB)
          Grateful Dead Songbook Volume 1 (piano arrangement)
          Very Best Of The Grateful Dead (guitar TAB)

 


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