They Love Each Other

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Merry run around
Sailing up and down
Looking for a shove in some direction
Got it from the top
It's nothing you can stop
Lord, you know they made a fine connection

They love each other
Lord, you can see it's true
Lord, you can see it's true
Lord, you can see it's true

He could pass his time
Around some other line
But you know he chose this place beside her
Don't get in the way
There's nothing you can say
Nothing that you need to add or do


It's nothing, they explain
It's like a diesel train
Better not be there when it rolls over
And when that train rolls in
You won't know where it's been
You gotta try to see a little further


Though you'll make a noise
They just can't hear your voice
They're on a dizzy ride and you're cold sober


Hope you will believe what I say is true (note 1)
Everything I did, I heard it first from you

Heard your news report
You know you're falling short
Pretty soon won't trust you for the weather
When that ship comes in
You won't know where it's been
You got to try to see a little further

(1) These two lines form a short bridge and appear in early versions of the song. But they were later dropped--and are not in the published Hunter lyrics

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     26 Feb 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 28
     28 Feb 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 28
     24 Mar 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 32
     28 Mar 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 16
     24 Jun 1973 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     26 Jun 1973 Pacific Northwest '73-'74
     19 Oct 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 19
     30 Oct 1973 Listen To The River: St Louis '71 '72 73
      9 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     21 Nov 1973 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 3
     30 Nov 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 14
     28 Sep 1975 30 Trips Around The Sun
      9 Jun 1976 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 5
     10 Jun 1976 June 1976 Box Set
     17 Jun 1976 Dave's Picks Volume 28
     19 Jun 1976 June 1976 Box Set
      9 Oct 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 33
     31 Dec 1976 Live At The Cow Palace
     26 Feb 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 29
     25 Apr 1977 30 Trips Around The Sun
      8 May 1977 May 1977: Get Shown The Light Box
     11 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     12 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     17 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     21 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 29
     25 May 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 1
      9 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
      3 Sep 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 15
      2 Nov 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 12
     29 Dec 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 10
      3 Feb 1978 Dick's Picks Vol 18
     10 May 1978 Dick's Picks Vol 25
     14 May 1978 30 Trips Around The Sun
      5 Jul 1978 July 1978: The Complete Recordings
      6 May 1981 Dick's Picks Vol 13
     26 Apr 1983 Dave's Picks Volume 39
      2 Sep 1983 Dave's Picks Volume 27
     14 Oct 1983 Dick's Picks Vol 6
     27 Dec 1983 (official YouTube video only)
     24 Jun 1985 30 Trips Around The Sun
      3 Sep 1985 30 Days Of The Dead (2020)
      3 May 1986 30 Trips Around The Sun
     19 Jul 1990 Dave's Picks Volume 40
Jerry Garcia Recordings (note 2)
     Date Album Recorded By
     18 Nov 1975 Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume 2: Let It Rock Jerry Garcia Band
     31 Dec 1975 Garcia Live Volume 5 Jerry Garcia Band
      1976 Reflections (note 3) Jerry Garcia Band
     21 May 1976 Don't Let Go Jerry Garcia Band
     13 Nov 1976 Garcia Live Volume 17 Jerry Garcia Band
     30 Jul 1977 Pure Jerry 1: Theater 1839 Jerry Garcia Band
     18 Mar 1978 Pure Jerry 6: Warner Theatre Jerry Garcia Band
     31 Oct 1987 Pure Jerry 2: Lunt-Fontanne Jerry Garcia Band
     10 Jun 1989 Electric On The Eel Jerry Garcia Band
      2 Sep 1989 Pure Jerry 5: Merriweather Post Pavilion Jerry Garcia Band
      5 Sep 1989 Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound Jerry Garcia Band
     16 Sep 1989 Garcia Live Volume 13 Jerry Garcia Band
     20 May 1990 Garcia Live Volume 10 Jerry Garcia Band
     23 Nov 1991 Garcia Live Volume 8 Jerry Garcia Band
Phil Lesh and Friends Recordings
     18 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.)
Covers by others
     Date Album Recorded By
      1997 Fire On The Mountain Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead Vol 2 (Judy Mowatt)
      2000 The Grass Is Dead Crazy Fingers
      2003 Grateful Guitar David Cullen
     10 Apr 2004 Live: Los Angeles, CA Yonder Mountain String Band (note 5)
     31 Oct 2004 Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Dark Star Orchestra (note 4)
     28 May 2006 Jerry Jams for Rex II ALO
      5 Jul 2006 PhryPhest, Great American Music Hall ALO
     2008 Ithica 30 Years Later Dark Star Orchestra
     30 Mar 2011 Live: Visalia, CA Chris Robinson Brotherhood (note 5)
     2013 Harpin' On The Dead Anela Lauren
     2015 Songs Of Their Own Clangin & Bangin
     2018 Grateful Dub Roots of Creation
     2018 Dead Songs Vol 2 Barton Hills Choir
     2021 The Relix Sessions Keller Williams
(2) the bonus disc All Good Things Redux includes a track called "T.L.E.O. Jam" recorded in November 1975 with Larry Knechtel on piano.
(3) although it is included on a Jerry Garcia Band CD, the recording was made by the members of the Grateful Dead.
(4) also on the album "Werewolves Of Atlanta: Halloween 2004"
(5) The list above includes only one illustrative example of the series of live recordings by these artists. For a full list see the Grateful Dead Family Discography.

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 2 (piano arrangement)
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)


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