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permalink #0 of 6: David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 2 Sep 03 15:03
Comes A Time
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permalink #1 of 6: Alex Allan (alexallan) Tue 2 Sep 03 18:42
Comes A Time 
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission.

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says "don't you see?"
Gotta make it somehow
On the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up
You got an empty cup
Only love can fill
Only love can fill

Been walking all morning
Went walking all night
I can't see much difference
Between the dark and light
And I feel the wind
And I taste the rain
Never in my mind
To cause so much pain


From day to day
Just letting it ride
You get so far away
From how it feels inside
You can't let go
'Cause you're afraid to fall
But the day may come
When you can't feel at all


Additional verse:

When the words come out
Like an angry stream
You hear yourself say
Things you could never mean
When the heat goes down
And you find your mind
You got a lot of words
You've got to stand behind
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permalink #2 of 6: from DANA GARTENLAUB (tnf) Tue 16 Mar 04 19:05

L. Dana Gartenlaub writes:

To the community:

I specifically remember the song "Comes a Time" with the following verse sung
as the SECOND verse:

Words come out, in an angry stream
Find yourself saying things you could never, ever mean
When the heat cools down, and you've found your mind
Got a lot of words you have to stand behind

It makes more sense to me in the second verse position, and it would have to
have been sometime from 1969 to 1971 at the Fillmore East, the University of
Rochester, or the Buffalo concert with all the snow, with the Buffalo

Anyone else have any input?


L. Dana Gartenlaub
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permalink #3 of 6: David Gans (tnf) Tue 16 Mar 04 19:06

I remember that verse.  The first time I heard the song was on a tape from
the Harding Theater in SF 11/7/71, and that verse was in there.
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permalink #4 of 6: not the neil young one (xian) Mon 3 May 04 09:13
I also think it was a good idea to cut it. It scans awkwardly compared
to the other verses and the song is stronger and tighter without,
though I love to hear variations and earlier takes, et.
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permalink #5 of 6: Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Sun 9 May 04 10:48
I dunno. I'm gonna keep the notion in my back pocket.
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permalink #6 of 6: Tim Lynch (masonskids) Mon 12 May 14 09:01
Someone just posted this Rolling Stone article from 9/2/71 that talks
about Lenny Hart getting busted...

After reading it, the first thing that crossed my mind was the lyrics
to Comes a Time, especially the early versions with the original
lyrics.  It seems that the timing could be right.  Do you think this
song may have been inspired about Lenny burning the band and getting
his just due?

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