Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead 1987 - Ballad of a Thin Man. “Stephen” is derived from the Greek for “crown,” (“country garland”?) "St. Stephen" is a song by the Grateful Dead, written by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Robert Hunter and originally released on the 1969 studio album Aoxomoxoa. A cryptic song about Stephen Foster." Love the St. Stephen from this show. And then they all so sharp and shrill, "Oodles" says Hunter. Hey Dead Heads! It was then played regularly through to late Summer 1971. Classic editor History Talk (0) Share. And can’t you just see darkness shrugging, turning, and bidding the day goodbye? Handjive, you remember correctly. What's it all mean? In my box he's the character from the Bible. And I've always felt it was a "worrying" song. The first documented performance, according to DeadBase X, took place on May 24, 1968, at the National Guard Armory (shades of “One More Saturday Night”!) Jerry was gracious enough to say hello and let me shake his hand while I babbled something idiotic. St. Stephen is, to me, a beautiful Hunter song in support of the misunderstood underdog, "all he lost he shall regain". Canyon Road,Santa Fe,New Mexico is where Hunter wrote St. Stephen along with other gems like China Cat. Notably, it was captured and released on Live Dead, as part of a blockbuster suite including “Dark Star,” “The Eleven,” and “Lovelight.” In that performance, the coda (included in italics in Hunter’s Box of Rain lyrics anthology as part of “Saint Stephen”) provided a bridge between “Saint Stephen” and “The Eleven”: “High green chilly winds and windy vines in loops….”. The China Rider is unbelieveable... Then the truckin' and the MONSTER spanish jam... Wow! 1 day ago. Garcia, 1988: “When we stopped doing ‘St. 10/11/83 Did I dream this....anyone? I can't believe how many times Bob Weir screwed up the "St. Stephen will remain" verse during shows in 1971. To go even more off track, I saw DSO cover that 6/9/76 show in Boston a couple of years ago, about 50 yards from the old building where the boys played. & Company, Under The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Garden Aud., Vancouver Canada, Robert F. 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He persistently sang "Did he doubt or did he try..." while Garcia sang the correct verse. 7" Singles Stephen." You scribble it down as fast as it comes, work out the chords, screw around with the words for what seems like forever and there you have it. although stephen may have thought he had the answer, his was probably based a lot on christianity. Complete Dead & Company info, including tour dates, setlists, and songs; also a comprehensive Furthur, The Other Ones, and The Dead archive I'll be the first to admit that I can't possibly understand their songs better than someone who's been listening to them and enjoying them for decades, but isn't it possible that Hunter was having one on us when he insisted that "Saint Stephen" was about Saint Stephen? You also often wonder where in the world they really come from, whether purely from your imagination or from somewhere else. The time things begin to unravel late 77 into early 78 they have to drop it. But there’s that very strong image, staying with us stubbornly, of a finger, dipped in moonlight, writing a question across the morning sky. Stephen” is a song by the Grateful Dead, written by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Robert Hunter and originally released on the 1969 studio album Aoxomoxoa. Who knows? Closest I ever came to hearing that song live. Does it now?”, The Relix interviewer was very likely probing Hunter to see if he would say anything about the speculations over the years that the song was really about Stephen Gaskin, the Haight Ashbury spiritual leader who eventually founded The Farm, and who led a well-attended discussion group during the heyday of the Haight. But neither Hunter, nor anyone else, has had anything positive to say about such speculation. Lyrics No more time to tell how This is the season of what now Now is the time of returning Our thought jewels polished and gleaming Now is the time past believing I was fortunate enough to meet Hunter once, and he graciously signed my copy of that insert. They can get you killed. The song seems to come to some kind of conclusion, only to have its own lyrics undercut that conclusion. The discussion group was known as the Monday Night Class, and at its peak during 1969 and 1970 it drew up to 1500 attendees. Never saw us Deadheads as welcome "customers" here in the Midwest and still don't. I'm pretty certain that this one is actually about or was intended for Stephen Hawking - and Stephen would answer, if he only knew how. Here’s where the song’s own garden appears—appropriately, since our saint is going in and out of said garden holding a rose. I'm sure you've noticed in your own way how the Grateful Dead Music has a way of pulling back the curtains and revealing the unseen Spiritual realm...full of winds both foul and fair... 10/15/83 We know that R. D. Thomas did the cover art. Saint Stephen had such an experience. Hey, me too! hide. Hunter: No, it was just Saint Stephen. At 59, I can't lay claim to being a Deadhead, just someone who came late to an appreciation of their music. View concert statistics of Dark Star by Grateful Dead played live. the song is narrow and deep, like the arrow being shot... I don't know what to say about this song, except that it was very important to me. Pretty sure not this one, mustin321.... "Easy Wind" and "It Must Have Been the Roses," both music by Hunter. Stephen’ we stopped doing it – we used it up… ‘St. It was a lean-and-mean year of quality over quantity, arriving 10 years after the band debuted the song in … Watch the video for St. Stephen from Grateful Dead's Skeletons From the Closet: The Best of the Grateful Dead for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Then someone like Stephen comes along and blows the lid off of our personal little Boxes of Rain. I mean, there was a moment of complete darkness in the middle of an outdoor, sunlit Day on the Green show at the Oakland Coliseum, and then the sun came back on. It’s got little idiosyncrasies and verses that are different from each other, and if you don’t remember every bit of it – it’s a piece of material that is unnecessarily difficult. The coda that follows seems like some lost fragment of Celtic song, or maybe that’s just the memory I have of staring at the words that were including as an insert to the Live Dead LP, which were written in a very Celtic-looking script with large elaborate capitals. Every Time Played. Strange Trip, Pacific Northwest “St. He also discussed the song in an interview with Jeff Tamarkin: I had been working on this a long time before I gave it to the Grateful Dead, before I took off for New Mexico, which is where I originally sent them the lyrics from. About St. Stephen "St. Stephen" is a song by the Grateful Dead, written by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Robert Hunter and originally released on the 1969 studio album Aoxomoxoa. Well, he's going to wrap the babe in scarlet covers and call it his own for what that's worth. It seemed to be saying oodles. "St. Stephen" is a song by the Grateful Dead, written by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Robert Hunter and originally released on the 1969 studio album Aoxomoxoa. The Dead opened their 1969 Woodstock performance with "St. But, I prefer the early versions, the pre 1971 versions best. this dawn has the all-important "what for?" That impression is based on a few factors, not the least being that the title "saint" could be a facetious way of giving false honor to a man who is often cited as the greatest early American composer but is also suspected of stealing much of his material from slaves. He was the first deacon ordained by the apostles, one of seven deacons. (thanks to Brian Schnapp for this). Indeed, one did not get this song nearly often enough! Grateful Dead - St. Stephen (1969) Alex Nesic. (It was held at a location out by the Great Highway. It definitely seems to be saying oodles. To me this has always been one of the deepest, most basic Dead songs. RiRiIII, adamos, marmalade166 and 2 others like this. 89% Upvoted. I have seen it played by The Other Ones, The Dead, and Furthur multiple times. [4] After being played frequently in live concerts from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, the song fell out of regular performance. Interestingly, both Stephens were preachers, in a way. Stephen is a Radical. It's power to set souls to sailing is beyond all reason, so I won't even try to explain it. Décor, Long Hi! an attempt by man to grasp something that we hope helps us explain our existence. Dead frontman Jerry Garcia later said he was disappointed and frustrated with their set. Unable to process your request at this time. By putting my ear up to the crack in the door to the hall, I could clearly hear the band practicing the tricky parts to St. Stephen over and over. '73-'74, Cornell Unlike the studio version, live versions usually included a section of the song called the "William Tell Bridge", which was used to segue into "The Eleven". St. Stephen Lyrics: Saint Stephen with a rose / In and out of the garden he goes / Country garland in the wind and the rain / Wherever he goes, the people all complain / Stephen prospered in his time I thought I once read somewhere that Robert Hunter actually wrote the music to this song. ... St. Stephen (185) Stagger Lee (146) Stander on the Mountain (3) Standing on the Corner (4) ... First Played in Concert January 17, 1968 by Grateful Dead at Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA; 1977, 50th And as well documented by Mr. Dodd et al., the rose that opens the song can be seen as a masculine symbol of love. Where all we've lost we shall regain. Meanwhile ; as I attempt to compose my thoughts; I find I have an annoying Muse on my shoulder who looks curiously like Eric Idle. for all of the historical info. 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