Run For The Roses

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Played regularly by the Jerry Garcia Band from 1981 onwards.

Reach for the sun, catch hold of the moon
They're both too heavy but what can you do?
Reach for the stars, smack into the sky
You don't want to live but you're chicken to die
Chicken to die

Run, run, run for the roses
Sooner it opens, the quicker it closes
Man, oh, man, oh friend of mine
All good things in all good time
All good things in all good time

Reach for the rose, get caught on the briar
You're warming to love, next thing there's a fire
The trouble with love is its other face
You just want the cup, you don't want the race
No, you don't want the race


Run for the money, caught short on the rent
Big ideas but the money's all spent (note 1)
If you got the do-re, I got the mi
And I got a notion we're all at sea
Yeah, we're all at sea

(1) on several occasions (eg 5 May 1982 and 9 November 1991) Jerry sang "... but the cash is all spent" (thanks to Lucius Kuert and an anonymous correspondent for pointing this out)

Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1982 Run For The Roses Jerry Garcia Band (note 2)
     27 Jan 1986 GarciaLive Volume 14 Jerry Garcia/John Kahn
     28 Feb 1986 Pure Jerry: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium Jerry Garcia/John Kahn
     29 Aug 1987 Electric On The Eel Jerry Garcia Band
     28 Oct 1987 On Broadway: Act One Jerry Garcia Band
     31 Oct 1987 Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne Jerry Garcia Band
     10 Jun 1989 Electric On The Eel Jerry Garcia Band
      1 Sep 1989 Pure Jerry: Merriweather Post Pavilion Jerry Garcia Band
      5 Sep 1989 Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound Jerry Garcia Band
     20 May 1990 Garcia Live Volume 10 Jerry Garcia Band
      5 Aug 1990 Garcia Live Volume 2 Jerry Garcia Band
      1 Sep 1990 Live At Shoreline (DVD) Jerry Garcia Band
      9 Nov 1991 Pure Jerry Seven: Hampton Coliseum Jerry Garcia Band
Other Recordings
     2004 20 Degrees Of Solitude The Grass Is Dead
     2012 Run For The Roses Greg Anton et al (Rex Foundation)
(2) also on the compilation The Best Of Jerry Garcia

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For online chords and TAB see
For sheet music, see:
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)


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