I Need A Miracle

Lyrics: John Barlow
Music: Bob Weir

I need a woman 'bout twice my age
A lady of nobility, gentility and rage
A splendour in the dark, lightning on the draw
Who'll go right through the book and break each and every law

I got a feelin'
And it won't go away, oh no
Just one thing and I'll be OK
I need a miracle every day

I need a woman 'bout twice my height
Statuesque, raven-tressed, a goddess of the night
A secret incantation, candle burning blue (note 1)
We'll consult the spirits, maybe they'll know what to do

And it's real
And it won't go away, oh no
Can't get around and I can't run away
I need a miracle every day

I need a woman 'bout twice my weight
A ton of fun who packs a gun with all that other freight
Find her in a side-show, leave her in LA
Ride her like a surfer riding on a tidal wave

And it's real
Believe what I say
Just one thing that I gotta say
I need a miracle very day

It takes dynamite to get me up
Too much of everything is just enough
One more thing that I gotta say
I need a miracle every day
(1) in the Egypt 1978 shows, Bob Weir sang: "Thrill me to the marrow on a midnight rendevous"

Grateful Dead Recordings
     studio 1978 Shakedown Street (note 1)
     16 Sep 1978 Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978 (CD and DVD)
     21 Oct 1978 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 4 ("From Egypt With Love")
     31 Dec 1978 The Closing Of Winterland (DVD & CD)
      4 May 1979 Live At The Coliseum
      9 Nov 1979 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 1
      9 Dec 1979 Dave's Picks Vol 47
     28 Dec 1979 Road Trips Vol 3, No 1
     31 May 1980 30 Days Of The Dead (2022)
     10 Aug 1982 30 Days Of The Dead (2013)
     11 Oct 1983 In And Out Of The Garden
     21 Oct 1983 30 Trips Around The Sun
     20 Apr 1984 Dave's Picks Volume 35
     26 Mar 1987 Dave's Picks Volume 36
     24 Jul 1987 View From The Vault IV (DVD & CD soundtrack)
      3 Jul 1988 30 Trips Around The Sun
     28 Dec 1988 30 Days Of The Dead (2018)
      3 Apr 1989 Download Series Vol 9
     12 Jul 1989 RFK Stadium 1989 Box
      8 Oct 1989 Warlocks Box
     16 Oct 1989 Nightfall Of Diamonds
     14 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     21 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     23 Jun 1990 Dave's Picks Volume 44
     26 Mar 1990 Spring 1990
     30 Mar 1990 Spring 1990
      8 Jul 1990 View From The Vault (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)
     16 Sep 1990 Dick's Picks Vol 9
     16 Jun 1991 Giants Stadium 1987, 1989, 1991 Boxed Set
     20 Jun 1991 Download Series Vol 11
     10 Sep 1991 30 Trips Around The Sun
      8 Dec 1995 Furthur (Ratdog)
Covers By Other Artists
     Date Album Recorded By
     2015 Songs Of Their Own Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah

(1) also on the compilations The Arista Years and The Best Of The Grateful Dead.

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 David Dodd's discussion of this song on dead.net see Greatest Stories Ever Told
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 2 (piano arrangement)


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