Standing on the Moon

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Standing on the moon, I got no cobweb on my shoe
Standing on the moon, I'm feeling so alone and blue
I see the Gulf of Mexico as tiny as a tear
The coast of California must be somewhere over here
Over here

Standing on the moon, I see the battle rage below
Standing on the moon, I see the soldiers come and go
There's a metal flag beside me someone planted long ago
Old glory standing stiffly, crimson, white and indigo
Old glory standing stiffly, crimson, white and indigo

I see all of South East Asia; I can see El Salvador
I hear the cries of children and the other songs of war
It's like a mighty melody that rings down from the sky
Standing here upon the moon I watch it all roll by
All roll by
All roll by
All roll by

Standing on the moon, I see a shadow on the sun
Standing on the moon, the stars go fading one by one
I hear a cry of victory, another of defeat
A scrap of age-old lullaby down some forgotten street

Standing on the moon, where talk is cheap and vision true
Standing on the moon, but I would rather be with you
Somewhere in San Francisco on a back porch in July
Just looking up to heaven at this crescent in the sky
In the sky

Standing on the moon with nothing left to do
A lovely view of heaven but I'd rather be with you
A lovely view of heaven but I'd rather be with you
Be with you
I'd rather be with you
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1989 Built To Last (note 1)
      7 Jul 1989 Crimson, White and Indigo (DVD & CD)
     17 Jul 1989 Downhill From Here (video only)
     21 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     30 Mar 1990 Spring 1990
      8 Jul 1990 View From The Vault (DVD & CD soundtrack)
     16 Sep 1990 Dick's Picks Vol 9
     20 Jun 1991 Download Series Vol 11
     10 Sep 1991 30 Trips Around The Sun
     20 Mar 1992 30 Trips Around The Sun
      4 Jul 2015 Fare Thee Well (CD and DVD)
(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
     2001 Built To Grass Grass Is Dead
     2003 Live Vince Welnick and Gent Treadly
     2005 Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Mike Montrey
      9 Nov 2009 Jerry Jams for Rex II Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (note 2)
     2009 Acoustic Sessions Vol 1 Real Eyes
     2010 Songs Of The Grateful Dead Jesse McReynolds
     2011 The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia Jesse McReynolds, David Nelson et al
     2011 Bride of the Noisemakers Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
     2015 Songs Of Their Own Jakedown Street
     2016 Day Of The Dead Phosphorescent & Friends
     2018 Cut The Dead Some Slack Stephen Inglis
     2018 Grateful Dub Roots of Creation
     2020 ... but I'd rather be with you Molly Tuttle
(1) also on the compilations The Arista Years and The Best Of The Grateful Dead.
(2) The list above includes only one illustrative example of the series of live recordings by these artists. For a full list see the Grateful Dead Family Discography.

On 18 Nov 2002, Robert Hunter added what seems to be a different song between the last two verses. These are the words as best I can make them out:
[It's lost] into life
A place where I've been living, living, living
Tell you I happened to [?]
Now may [?]
[?] playing to the [swift]
All these places
That some of you, hi folks, I know you [?]
Well it could be silly
But here, say it this time
You know it's just the same old folks
[?] and multiply
And I'm just so glad to be here with you
Yes I do
That's how it works out fine
We settle down
Now it's another time
You know it's getting dark
It's getting much too late
You know, I figure, if everybody was in love
There wouldn't be no war
But they have left for [days]
Maybe if everybody was a Deadhead there wouldn't be any war
Just one ray of green [?] and we're all [?]

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
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 2 (piano arrangement)
          Built To Last Songbook (piano arrangment)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)


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