Terrapin Flyer

Lyrics: [none]
Music: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann

An instrumental portion of the Terrapin Station Suite, recorded on the studio CD "Terrapin Station." It is the up-tempo portion immediately after the lyrics to At A Siding end (it starts at 11.03 into the CD track). See Aaron Donovan's and Todd Corey's analyses for further information.

The Grateful Dead only once attempted to play it live, on 18 March 1977, but abandoned it after half a minute. In an interview in Relix in 1978, Bob Weir said:

"We had worked up the [Terrapin Flyer section of the Terrapin suite] for the Englishtown show [on 3 September 1977]. I even put on the double-necked twelve-string and I was gonna play it. But then Mickey decided at the last moment that it was too hot and he was exhausted - that "Flyer" section requires a whole lot of energy from the drummers, 'cause they're doing 32nd notes at a pretty good clip, and he has to hold one arm up and do 32nd notes on the cymbal all through the section. so we scrapped it."
More recently, Bob Weir played "Terrapin Transit">"At A Siding">"Terrapin Flyer" with his band Ratdog.
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     1987 Terrapin Station

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1996 Play Terrapin Station The Mudkats


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