Keep On Growing

Lyrics: Clapton, Whitlock
Music: Clapton, Whitlock

The Grateful Dead played this a few times in 1985-86. The version below is from 30 June 1985. More recently, The Dead have played it in 2004 and Phil Lesh & Friends played it in November 2013 as part of their (and American Jubilee's) cover of the album "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".

I was laughing, playing in the streets
I wasn't moving, I didn't know my fate (note 1)
Playing the game of love but never really showing
I didn't know anything (note 2)
I was a young man and I was sure to go astray
You walked right into my life and told me "Love would find a way"
Keep on growing, keep on going, keep on flowing, yeah, yeah, yeah

I was standing looking in the face of one who loved me
Feeling so ashamed
Hoping and praying, Lord, that she would understand me
And I didn't know her name
She took my little hand in hers and she told me I was wrong (note 3)
She said "You're gonna be all right boy, whoa, goin' to take so long" (note 4)
Keep on growing, keep on going, keep on flowing, yeah, yeah, yeah

Baby, someday baby, who knows where or when girl
Just you wait and see (note 5)
We'll be walking together hand in hand alone as lovers
Will it still be me?
Time is gonna change us, Lord I know it's true
Our love is gonna keep on growing, growing is all we're gonna do
All we're gonna do is
Keep on growing, keep on going, keep on flowing, yeah, yeah, yeah
Keep on growing, keep on knowing, keep on flowing, yeah, yeah, yeah
(1) I think the Clapton version is "I was unknowing ..."
(2) The Clapton version is "I thought that love would wait" - I suspect Phil/Brent's line is a mistake
(3) Phil/Brent miss out the first half of this line
(4) The Clapton version is "You're gonna be all right boy, just as long as you keep on growing ..."
(5) Either Phil or Brent sings "Just you and me" while the other sings "Just you wait and see"

     Date Album Recorded By
     1970 Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Derek and the Dominoes

The Eric Clapton version was on the Derek and the Dominoes' album "Layla And Other Love Songs."

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography


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