The Race Is On

Lyrics: Don Rollins
Music: Don Rollins

I feel tears welling up cold and deep inside
Like my heart's got a big break
And a stab of loneliness sharp and painful
That I may never shake
You might think I'm taking it hard
Since she broke me off with a call
But don't wager that I'll hide the sorrow
I may break right down and bawl

Now the race is on and here comes pride up the back stretch
Heartaches are going to the inside
My tears are holding back, trying not to fall
My heart's out of the running
True love's scratched for another's sake
The race is on and it looks like heartaches
And the winner loses all

One day I ventured in love never once suspecting
What the final result would be
Now I live in fear of waking up each morning
And finding that you're gone from me
There's an aching pain in my heart for the name
Of the one that I hated to face
Someone else came out to win her
And I came out in second place

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     24 Mar 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 32
     28 Mar 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 16
     22 Jun 1973 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     24 Jun 1973 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     26 Jun 1973 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     29 Oct 1973 Listen To The River: St Louis '71 '72 73
      9 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     14 Nov 1973 30 Trips Around The Sun
     17 Nov 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 5
     17 May 1974 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     21 May 1974 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     16 Jun 1974 Road Trips Number 2, Volume 3
     18 Sep 1974 30 Trips Around The Sun
      9 Oct 1980 The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80
     13 Oct 1980 Reckoning
      3 May 1986 30 Trips Around The Sun
New Riders Recording (with Garcia and Weir)
      4 Jun 1970 Dawn Of The New Riders Of The Purple Sage
     18 Mar 1973 Felt Forum, NYC

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 online chords and TAB see


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