Shakedown Street

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

You tell me this town ain't got no heart
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
The sunny side of the street is dark
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
Maybe that's 'cause it's midnight (note 1
And the dark of the moon besides
Maybe the dark is from your eyes
(Maybe the dark is from your eyes)
Maybe the dark is from your eyes
(Maybe the dark is from your eyes)
Maybe the dark is from your eyes
(Maybe the dark is from your eyes)
You know you got such dark eyes

Chorus
Nothing shaking on Shakedown Street
Used to be the heart of town
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart
You just got to poke around

You think you've seen this town clear through
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
Nothing here could interest you
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
It's not because you missed out
On the thing that we had to start
Maybe you had too much too fast
(Maybe you had too much too fast)
Maybe you had too much too fast
(Maybe you had too much too fast)
Maybe you had too much too fast
(Maybe you had too much too fast)
And just overplayed your part

[chorus]

Since I'm passing your way today
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
I just stopped in 'cause I want to say
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
I recall your darkness
When it crackled like a thunder cloud
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart
(Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart)
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart
(Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart)
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart
(Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart)
I can hear it beat out loud

[chorus]
Notes
(1) Jerry sang "Maybe because it's sunlight on 15 April 1983.

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1978 Shakedown Street (note 2)
     16 Sep 1978 Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978
     13 Aug 1979 Beyond Description: Bonus CD
     25 Oct 1979 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 1
     26 Dec 1979 Dick's Picks Vol 5
      7 May 1980 Road Trips Volume 3, Number 4
      7 Oct 1980 Dead Set (note 3)
     30 Oct 1980 Dead Ahead (DVD)
     24 Mar 1981 30 Days Of The Dead (2013)
      6 Apr 1982 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 4 (note 6)
     31 Dec 1984 So Many Roads (1965-1995)
     26 Jul 1987 View From The Vault IV (DVD & CD soundtrack)
      9 Jul 1989 Grateful Dead Scrapbook (DVD) (note 4)
      2 Apr 1989 Download Series Vol 9
     31 Dec 1989 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
     18 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
      3 Apr 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     22 Jun 1991 All The Year's Combine (DVD bonus disc)
     20 Mar 1992 30 Days Of The Dead (2011)
     16 Dec 1992 Dick's Picks Vol 27
     27 May 1993 Road Trips Vol 2, No 4

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads
 
Phil Lesh and Friends Recordings
     18 May 2006 Live At The Warfield

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Bob Weir Solo Acoustic Live!

Mickey Hart Downloads
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1989 Doorway To The Angels Juggling Suns
     1991 Knot Live Slipknot
     1993 Tie Dyed Freshly Baked
     1996 Dark Star David Murray Octet
     1997 Jake's Leg Jake's Leg
     1997 Natural Habitat Kuli Loach
     1997 Fire On The Mountain Vol 2 Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead (Marcia Griffiths)
     2001 Howling Loochie Brothers Howling Loochie Brothers
     31 Oct 2001 Trick Or Treat Box Set String Cheese Incident
     2003 Grateful Guitar David Cullen
     2006 Something Red Craig Einhorn
     2008 30 Years Jake's Leg
     2010 Blottopia XI Day 1 Mr Blotto
     2012 D'Eadphibians D'Amphibiand
     2013 Move Me Brightly Bob Weir et al (DVD)
      7 Dec 2013 Dos Grateful Grass
Notes
(2) also on the compilation The Arista Years
(3) issued as a bonus track in the box set Beyond Description (1973-1990)
(4) DVD included with deluxe edition of the Scrapbook
(5) versions of "Shakedown Street" are on various of String Cheese Incident's "On The Road" releases.
(6) also made avaiilable 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 1 (piano arrangement)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)

 


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