Love Minus Zero No Limit

Lyrics: Bob Dylan
Music: Bob Dylan

In a 2000 interview, Phil Lesh said:

To us, Bob [Dylan] has always been a prophet, an oracle. His Love Minus Zero was the second song the Dead ever rehearsed in 1965.
There's no known tape of the Warlocks or the Dead playing this.

It was played by Danny Click with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band in 2014.
My love she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence
She doesn't have to say she's faithful
Yet she's true, like ice, like fire

People carry roses
Make promises by the hours
My love she laughs like the flowers
Valentines can't buy her

In the dime stores and bus stations
People talk of situations
Read books, repeat quotations
Draw conclusions on the wall

Some speak of the future
My love she speaks softly
She knows there's no success like failure
And that failure's no success at all

The cloak and dagger dangles
Madams light the candles
In ceremonies of the horsemen
Even the pawn must hold a grudge

Statues made of matchsticks
Crumble into one another
My love winks, she does not bother
She knows too much to argue or to judge

The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers' nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring

The wind howls like a hammer
The night blows cold and rainy
My love she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing


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