David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:44
Unbroken Chain w: Petersen m: Hunter AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/chain.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/UNBROKEN.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Mon 8 Sep 03 19:09
Unbroken Chain Lyrics: Bobby Petersen Music: Phil Lesh Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Blue light rain, whoa, unbroken chain Looking for familiar faces in an empty window pain Listening for the secret, searching for the sound But I could only hear the preacher and the baying of his hounds Willow sky, whoa, I walk and wonder why They say love your brother but you will catch it when you try Roll you down the line boy, drop you for a loss Ride out on a cold railroad and nail you to a cross November and more as I wait for the score They're telling me forgiveness is the key to every door A slow winter day, a night like forever Sink like a stone, float like a feather Lilac rain, unbroken chain Song of the Saw-Whet owl Out on the mountain it'll drive you insane Listening to the winds howl Unbroken chain of sorrow and pearls Unbroken chain of sky and sea Unbroken chain of the western wind Unbroken chain of you and me
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Sun 14 Sep 03 08:37
Well, this is the song that got me on the bus in 1974. I didn't see my first show until 1978, but this got me into buying albums and checking the band out. Me and one of my closest friends, Mike, and several others were sitting around in his apartment in Hampton, Va. the summer of 1974 and were listening to about a half dozen different albums dropping on the turntable. I think John Prine's album with "Illegal Smile" on it was one of them. It was a loud, boisterous group of folks having fun and I wasn't paying attention to what was playing. After awhile, the room got quiet and I found myself captivated by a long (nearly 7 minutes) sonic adventure that started at one place, went other places, and I could feel it coming back around to rejoin the place it started, and then it finished. I'd never been exposed to that kind of music before. I was amazed. I broke the silence by saying, "Who in the hell was THAT?" and Mike's girlfriend (now wife of over 25 years) said, "There's nobody like the good ole Grateful Dead".
Steven Solomon (ssol) Sun 14 Sep 03 11:55
Hee! http://arts.ucsc.edu/GDead/AGDL/chain.html#owl for info on the "song of the Saw Whet owl", thanks to David Dodd and "Birds of North America", by Chandler S. Robbins, et al.
Christian Crumlish (xian) Sun 14 Sep 03 12:34
Quoting myself, re a live Phil & Friends performance - my review currently archived at http://thedeadbeat.com/Phil%20&%20Friends/8-8-98 ... Unbroken Chain! At last. Phil named his foundation after this song. It already carries all that voodoo baggage. I half-expected them to break it out a 2/27. Then I realized, it ain't easy. I'd caught one of the better, if not the best, versions in '95, the one at Shoreline, and even it was tentative, labored, a weary triumph. This time, there was no hesitation at the threshhold of each new section, and Phil sang it beautifully. Yes, he muffed a few lines but he really put the song across for me. I was consumed with a vision. Certain lyrics in the song put me in mind of the Beats (specifically, "they say love your brother/but you'll catch it when you try" and "ride you out on a cold railroad/and nail you to a cross") - and I realized that Bobby Petersen, who wrote the song's lyrics, was another of those figures who bridged the old North Beach Beat scene and the Haight-Ashbury Hippie moment. Suddenly, I understood the image of the unbroken chain, heard the lyrics as a manifesto, a claim to a great lineage, a shadow culture, a loyal opposition down through the ages. Here the beat went on. My vision had other corridors. Some of the stuff I saw then is in the works even now....
David Gans (tnf) Sun 14 Sep 03 13:47
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Melinda Belleville (mellobelle) Sun 14 Sep 03 19:04
I thought the vers. I heard at the '95 LV show was wonderfully done. Once the crowd stopped roaring and you could actually hear it again. Altho' the look on the security guys faces, the ones at the front of the stage, was priceless when the crowd roared. I was so happy to have heard this live by them, finally. It's been one of my favorites since I first heard it.
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Mon 15 Sep 03 19:38
I finally got to hear it live, just once, at Charlotte in 95 with Hornsby on grand piano. I think it's the first show I just let go and cried at.
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Tue 24 Feb 04 08:34
I note that the lyrics in post # 1 contain a typo: "Looking for familiar faces in an empty window pain" when of course it is "empty window pane", with its allusion to window pane acid (thin gelatin squares infused with LSD). Happy Trails
David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 24 Feb 04 11:16
Right. Good catch!
Julie Ellen Anzaldo (jewel) Wed 25 Feb 04 09:51
I always thought it was "in any empty window pane"
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Thu 26 Feb 04 13:29
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Thu 26 Feb 04 15:53
They are very good at that! I should have posted this over at So Many Roads, but So many roads to ease my soul So many roads tease my soul
Brian Penney (bpenney) Thu 20 May 04 05:30
my money's on jerry saying "tease" at least once.
Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Sat 22 May 04 12:18
Yeah, I think he alternated it.....saying whatever he was feeling at the time.
everybody look what's going down (xian) Mon 24 May 04 07:38
I may have been hallucinating <snrk> but at Shoreline I at one point thought he was saying "so many roads to fill my soul" and possibly even "so many roads fulfill my soul" but probably not...
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