Saint Of Circumstance

Lyrics: John Barlow
Music: Bob Weir

These are the lyrics from the "Go To Heaven" album:

This must be heaven
Tonight I crossed the line
You must be the angel
I thought I might never find
Was it you I heard singing
Oh while I was chasing dreams
Driven by the wind
Like the dust that blows around
And the rain fallin' down

But I never know (sure don't know)
I never know, never know (sure don't know)

This must be heaven
'Cause here's where the rainbow ends
And at last it's the real thing
Or close enough to pretend

When that wind blows (wind blows)
And the night starts to fall
I can hear the silence call
It's a certain sort of sound
And the rain fallin' down
Rain fallin' down

Holes in what's left of my reason
Holes in the knees of my blues
Odds against me been increasing
But I'll pull through

Never could read no road-map
Now I don't know what the weather might do
Hear that witch wind whine
See that dog star shine
I got a feelin' there's no time to lose
No time to lose

I never know (sure don't know)
I will never know, no, no (sure don't know)

Well it's been heaven
Even rainbow's will end
Now my sails are filling
The wind so willing
And I'm good as gone again
I'm still walkin'
So I'm sure that I can dance
Just a saint of circumstance
Just a tiger in a trance
And the rain fallin' down
Rain falling down
Rain falling down

Well I never know
Just don't know
Just don't know
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
Sure don't know
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
Yeah for sure, yeah for sure
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
Just don't never know, never never know
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
No no no, that's for sure, yeah for sure
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
Just don't never never know, no no
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
That's for sure
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
Yeah maybe going on a dream, going on a dream now
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
Maybe going on a feeling, maybe going on a feeling
Maybe going on a feeling
Live performances differed from this. This is the version from 1 November 1985 on Dick's Picks 21:
This must be heaven
Last station on the line
You must be the angel
an angel I thought I might never find
Girl, what else could be so fine Was it you I heard singing
Oh when I was chasing dreams
All the time I was chasing dreams Driven on the wind
by the wind Like the dust that blows around
And the rain fallin' down

I never know now
Just don't ever know, no, no

Got to be heaven
'Cause here's where the rainbow ends
And if this ain't the real thing
Sure feels like the real thing Well it's close enough to pretend
And if it ain't, well let's just pretenfd
When that wind blows
And the night's about to fall
I can hear the siren's call
It's a certain sort of sound
And the rain fallin' down
Rain fallin' down
Rain falling down now
Rain falling down now
Rain falling down

Holes in what's left of my reason
Holes in the knees of my blues
Odds against me been increasing
But I'll pull through

Never could read no road-map
No I don't know what the weather might do
But hear that witch wind whining
See that dog star shining
I got a feelin' there's no time to lose
No time to lose

I never know, no, no
Just don't ever know
Never know, no

Well it's been heaven
But even rainbows will end
Now my sails are filling
The wind is willing
And I'm good as gone again
I'm still walkin'
So I'm sure that I can dance
Just a saint of circumstance
Just a tiger in a trance
And the rain fallin' down
Rain falling down
Rain falling down
Rain falling down
Rain falling down

Well I never know now
Just don't ever know, no, no
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
Listen
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
Hey
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
Maybe just going on a dream now
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
Hey, ya
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
Well I just don't know, [and I'm the same]
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
I just go for it for sure now
Listen
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
Make [?], that's what I say now
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
Gotta go, go, go for sure
Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
[falsetto] Maybe going on a dream now
But I'm gonna go for it for sure
[falsetto] Maybe going on a dream, dream
Some other variations/additions to the lyrics include:
27 October 1979
You must be an angel
What else could be so fine?

Sure feels like the real thing
If it ain't we just pretend

30 December 1986
Top of the mountain you can see far and wide
Still can't see the mountain's other side
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
      5 Nov 1979 Road Trips Full Show: Spectrum 11/5/79
      8 Nov 1979 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 1
     studio 1980 Go To Heaven (note 1)
      5 Apr 1980 Saturday Night Live: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)
      6 May 1980 Road Trips Volume 3, Number 4
      7 May 1980 Road Trips Volume 3, Number 4
     16 May 1980 Go To Nassau
      3 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
     25 Oct 1980 Go To Heaven (note 2)
     31 Oct 1980 Dead Ahead (video/DVD)
     30 Nov 1980 Dave's Picks Volume 8
      6 May 1981 Dick's Picks Vol 13
     11 Jul 1981 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
      6 Apr 1982 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 4
      1 Nov 1985 Dick's Picks Vol 21

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Bob Weir Solo Acoustic Live!
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2006 Barlow Shanghai - Live in Chicago Mr Blotto

Notes
(1) also on the compilation The Arista Years
(2) issued as a bonus track on the version in the box set Beyond Description (1973-1990)
Also released for download on 30 Days Of The Dead (2010).


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)

 


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