When You Awake

Lyrics: Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel
Music: Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel

Sung by Tim Bluhm with Phil Lesh & Friends as part of their tribute to Levon Helm.

Ollie told me I'm a fool
So I walked on down the road a mile
Went to the house that brings a smile
Sat upon my grandpa's knee
And what do you think he said to me

When you awake you will remember everything
You will be hanging on a string from your
When you believe
You will relieve the only soul
That you were born with to grow old and never know

Ollie showed me the fork in the road
You can take to the left or go straight to the right
Use your days and save your nights
Be careful where you step, and watch what you eat
Sleep with the light on and you got it beat


Ollie warned me it's a mean old world
The street don't greet you, yes, it's true
But what am I supposed to do
Read the writing on the wall
I heard it when I was very small


Wash my hand in lye water
I got a date with the captain's daughter
You can go and tell your brother
We sure gonna love one another

You may be right and you might be wrong
I ain't gonna worry all day long

Snow's gonna come and the frost gonna bite
My old car froze up last night
Ain't no reason to hang your head
I could wake up in the morning dead

And if I thought it would do any good
I'd stand on the rock where Moses stood

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


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