To Lay Me Down

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

To lay me down once more, to lay me down
With my head in sparkling clover
Let the world go by, all lost in dreaming
To lay me down one last time, to lay me down

To be with you once more, to be with you
With our bodies close together
Let the world go by, like clouds a-streaming
To lay me down one last time, to lay me down

To lay me down, to lay me down
To lay me down one last time, to lay me down

To lie with you once more, to lie with you
With our dreams entwined together
To wake beside you, my love still sleeping
To tell sweet lies one last time and say goodnight

To lay me down, to lay me down
To lay me down one last time, to lay me down
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     (studio) fall 1970 So Many Roads (1965-1995)
     (studio) Jul 1971 Garcia (Jerry Garcia)
      9 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     11 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     23 Jun 1974 Dave's Picks Volume 34
     28 Jun 1974 Dick's Picks Vol 12
     31 Jul 1974 Dave's Picks Volume 2
     18 Sep 1974 30 Trips Around The Sun
     (studio) 14 Sep 1980 Reckoning (note 1)
     10 Oct 1980 The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80
     25 Oct 1980 Reckoning
     30 Oct 1980 Dead Ahead (video/DVD)
     28 Nov 1980 30 Trips Around The Sun
     11 May 1981 30 Days Of The Dead (2014)
     17 Oct 1983 30 Days Of The Dead (2016)
     27 Mar 1988 Download Series Vol 5
      1 Apr 1988 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 2
     13 Jul 1989 RFK Stadium 1989 Box
      1 Apr 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     18 Sep 1990 Road Trips Number 2, Volume 1 (bonus disc)
(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.)
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1991 Deadicated Cowboy Junkies (note 2)
     1996 DeadBeats Acoustic DeadBeats
     2000 Calling On Love Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald
     2001 Pickin' On Jerry Garcia David West et al
     2003 Live At Bonnaroo Warren Haynes
     2005 Made In Europe Caroline Henderson
      2007 Dead Symphony Lee Johnson
     2008 Highway Bouquet Susan Kane
     2008 Fennario: Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter Emory Joseph
     2009 I Couldn't Love You More Matt Krefting
     2010 Jazz In The Stone Age Jazz Folk
     2011 Invisible Angel Nikki Matheson
     2015 Songs Of Their Own Strangefolk
     20 Jun 2015 Live: San Rafael, CA Reid Genauer
     2016 Songs To Fill The Air (WFMU Pledge Drive) Meg Baird
     2016 Day Of The Dead Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends
(1) studio rehearsal issued as a bonus track in the box set Beyond Description (1973-1990)
(2) also on the Cowboy Junkies CD "Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes"

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


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