Comes A Time

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Chorus
Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand (note 1)
Says "don't you see?"
Gotta make it somehow
On the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up
You got an empty cup
Only love can fill
Only love can fill

Been walking all morning
Went walking all night
I can't see much difference
Between the dark and light
And I feel the wind
And I taste the rain
Never in my mind
To cause so much pain

[chorus]

From day to day
Just letting it ride
You get so far away
From how it feels inside
You can't let go
'Cause you're afraid to fall
But the day may come
When you can't feel at all

[chorus]

Garcia sang the following verse when the song was being developed in 1971 (eg in the version on 26 October 1971 on the Download Series Vol 3). It was sung as the second verse.
When the words come out
Like an angry stream
You hear yourself say
Things you could never mean
When the heat cools down
And you find your mind
You got a lot of words
You've got to stand behind
Hunter's handwritten lyrics include this verse, and show the development of this song:
And the words come out
Like an angry stream
Hear your own voice say
Things you could never mean
When the heat cools down
You find your mind
Got a lot or words
You got to stand behind

Comes a time when the deaf man takes your hand
Says "can't you hear?"

If she's good for you
It isn't what you say
It's who you are for her
Just from day to day
She knows you short
She knows you long
A love like that
Can make a weak man strong

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says "don't you see?"
Gotta make it somehow
On the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up
You got an empty cup
Only love can fill
Only love can fill
Just one dream to call across the years
Notes
(1) Garcia sang "when the blind man takes your arm" in some early performances

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     22 Oct 1971 Dave's Picks Volume 3
     26 Oct 1971 Download Series Vol 3
     10 Dec 1971 30 Days Of The Dead (2014)
     11 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     26 Apr 1972 Hundred Years Hall (note 2)
     23 May 1972 Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 (note 2)
     25 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     21 Jul 1972 Download Series Vol 10
     12 Jun 1976 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 5
     28 Sep 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 20
     12 May 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings (bonus disc(note 4)
     21 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 29
      1 Nov 1985 Dick's Picks Vol 21

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs
 
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     studio 1976 Reflections (note 3)
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2001 Built To Grass The Grass Is Dead
Notes
(2) also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
(3) although this is included on a Jerry Garcia Band album, the track was recorded by the members of the Grateful Dead.
(4) also in the May 1977 Box Set


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 David Dodd's discussion of this song on dead.net see Greatest Stories Ever Told
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 2 (piano arrangement)
          Hundred Year Hall songbook (guitar TAB)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)

 


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