Box Of Rain

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Phil Lesh

Originally recorded on the album American Beauty with Phil Lesh on acoustic guitar and vocals, Jerry Garcia on piano, Dave Torbert on bass, David Nelson on electric guitar and Bob Weir on harmony vocals (no instrument). Played at least once live in that configuration on 17 September 1971.

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)
     17 Nov 1972 Dave's Picks Volume 11
     31 Dec 1972 30 Days Of The Dead (2015)
     28 Feb 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 28
     16 Mar 1973 30 Days Of The Dead (2014)
     24 Mar 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 32
     28 Mar 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 16
      2 Apr 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 21
     13 May 1973 Here Comes Sunshine
     20 May 1973 Here Comes Sunshine
     26 May 1973 Here Comes Sunshine (note 7)
      9 Jun 1973 Here Comes Sunshine
     10 Jun 1973 Here Comes Sunshine
     22 Jun 1973 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     24 Jun 1973 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     26 Jun 1973 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
      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)
     16 Jun 1991 Giants Stadium 1987, 1989, 1991 Boxed Set
     29 Mar 1993 30 Days Of The Dead (2021)
     26 May 1993 Road Trips Vol 2, No 4
      9 Jul 1995 Searching For The Sound (note 2) (note 4)
      3 Jul 2015 Fare Thee Well (CD and DVD) (note 5)
Phil Lesh and Friends Recordings
     19 May 2006 Live At The Warfield

(Plus live recordings by The Dead, Furthur, Dead & Company, Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends etc not listed here. See Grateful Dead Family Discography for a full list.)
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)
     2005 The 1000th Show Dark Star Orchestra
     2007 At Fine Arts Center, UMass The American Beauty Project
     2009 Yoga Tribute To Grateful Dead Yoga Pop Ups (note 6)
     2010 At Page Auditorium, Duke University The American Beauty Project
     2013 Harpin' On The Dead Anela Lauren
     2015 Twangin' The Dead Matt Rae
     2016 Deal Wake The Dead
     2016 Day Of The Dead Kurt Vile and the Violators (ft J Mascis)
     2016 Dead Giveaway Be Gulls
     2017 Dead Songs Vol 1 Barton Hills Choir
     2019 Dead Air Andy Jenkins
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 Blue Morning Toni Brown
     1998 Mileage Mick Overman
     2001 homesleephome2 Lenola
     27 Jun 2009 Crystal Bay Live David Nelson Band
     2012 Mar 10 2012 San Francisco CA Railroad Earth
     2017 Drop The Bone David Gans
     2020 Early Morning Rain Steve Forbert

(1) also on the compilations The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead and The 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
(4) also released on a 7-inch vinyl single as part of the box set 30 Trips Around The Sun
(5) also on the compilation Best Of Fare Thee Well.
(6) also released as "Lullaby Versions of Grateful Dead"
(7) also made available on 30 Days Of The Dead (2021)

Further 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 see Greatest Stories Ever Told
For online chords and TAB see
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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