Mission In The Rain

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

I turn and walk away
Then I come round again
Looks as though tomorrow
I'll do pretty much the same

I must turn down your offer
But I'd like to ask a break
You know I'm ready to give anything
For anything I take

Someone called my name you know I turned around to see
It was midnight in the mission and the bells were not for me
Come again
Walking along in the mission in the rain
Come again
Walking along in the mission in the rain

Ten years ago I walked this street, my dreams were riding tall
Tonight I would be thankful Lord, for any dreams at all
Some folks would be happy just to have one dream come true
But everything you gather is just more that you can lose


All the things I planned to do, I only did half way
Tomorrow will be Sunday, born of rainy Saturday
There's some satisfaction in the San Francisco rain
No matter what comes down, the mission always looks the same

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     10 Jun 1976 June 1976 Box Set
     12 Jun 1976 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 5
     18 Jun 1976 Download Series Vol 4
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1976 Reflections Jerry Garcia Band (note 1)
     21 May 1976 Don't Let Go Jerry Garcia Band
      8 Nov 1976 Garcia Live Volume 7 Jerry Garcia Band
     19 Feb 1978 San Francisco Bay Area 1978 Jerry Garcia Band
     18 Mar 1978 Pure Jerry 6: Warner Theatre Jerry Garcia Band
     22 Mar 1978 Garcia Live Volume 4 Jerry Garcia Band
     28 Feb 1980 After Midnight Jerry Garcia Band
      1 Mar 1980 Garcia Live Volume 1 Jerry Garcia Band
     26 Jun 1981 Garcia Live Volume 1.5 Jerry Garcia Band
     23 Oct 1987 Pure Jerry 3: Lunt-Fontanne: Best Of The Rest Jerry Garcia Band
     10 Jun 1989 Electric On The Eel Jerry Garcia Band
      1 Sep 1989 Pure Jerry 5: Merriweather Post Pavilion Jerry Garcia Band
      5 Sep 1989 Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound Jerry Garcia Band
     11 Nov 1993 Garcia Live Volume 11 Jerry Garcia Band
(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
      1998 Welcome To Our World JGB (without Jerry)
     26 Apr 2001 Live At The Roseland Ratdog
     20 Jun 2004 Live: Morrison, CO Robert Hunter (note 2)
     13 May 2006 Jerry Jams for Rex II New Monsoon with Steve Kimock
     2008 Fennario: Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter Emory Joseph
     2009 Sick Of Me Allen Thompson
     2012 Run For The Roses Greg Anton et al (Rex Foundation)
     2013 Move Me Brightly Bob Weir et al (DVD)
     2015 The Promised Land Sagol 59 & Ami Yares
     2015 Songs Of Their Own Brian Dolzani
(1) also on the compilation The Best Of Jerry Garcia
(2) The list above includes only one illustrative example of the series of live recordings by these bands. For a full list see the Grateful Dead Family Discography.

In a 1979 interview on WMMR in Philadelphia, Jerry Garcia gave some background to this song:
"It's about me in San Francisco, that's what it's about. It's as close to autobiographical as it's possible for me to get working with another guy. Hunter and I both grew up around the Bay Area, and lived in San Francisco, and Hunter is able sometimes to write what I would say, you know what I mean, if it were possible for me to say something in that medium. Every once in a while he's able to do it for me. So that's one of those songs where it's very personal. It's him speaking about me. So when I do the song, for me it's a very personal thing, I'm talking about myself, my life."
In an interview in Relix Volume #5 Issue #2, Robert Hunter was also asked about the background:
Relix: How about "Mission in the Rain"? That's a side of you that has to be there.
Hunter: Well, yeah. I used to live over in the Mission when I was just starting to write for the Dead full time. I wasn't living at 710 - I was living over on 17th and Mission and that was very much a portrait of that time, looking backward at 10 years. I like that song a lot - that's one of my favorite things I've come up with.
Relix: Garcia seems to feel it a lot when he sings it.
Hunter: He lived in the Mission too. He knows just what it's about, like he was brought up in the Mission.

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 online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
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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