David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 2 Sep 03 15:14
The Eleven w: Hunter m: Lesh AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/eleven.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/ELEVEN.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Tue 2 Sep 03 19:40
The Eleven Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Phil Lesh Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. No more time to tell how This is the season of what Now is the time of returning With our thought jewels polished and gleaming Now is the time past believing The child has relinquished the reign Now is the test of the boomerang Tossed in the night of redeeming Eight-sided whispering hallelujah hatrack Seven-faced marble eye transitory dream doll Six proud walkers on jingle-bell rainbow Five men writing in fingers of gold Four men tracking the great white sperm whale Three girls wait in a foreign dominion Ride in the whalebelly Fade away in moonlight Sink beneath the waters To the coral sands below Now is the time of returning
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Sat 25 Oct 03 11:24
Fwiw, my favourite lyric in a particular way... beyond fully fathoming thanks to its' mirror-hall structure of references to references to reference... well, I guess that was the point. "Paging Mssrs Joyce, Elliot, Melville, all contirbutors to the various Bibles of Human-kind, to the Saffron Buddha-phone. Please walk in step and wait your turn.. Your call is waiting."
Christian Crumlish (xian) Tue 28 Oct 03 15:28
plus, now really is the test of the boomerang
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Wed 29 Oct 03 11:24
...Tossed in the night of redeeming...
and the bees made honey in Delilah's jaw (xian) Wed 29 Oct 03 16:37
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Thu 30 Oct 03 08:16
Tom Kozal (tkozal) Mon 10 Nov 03 11:19
from my old studies of Schubert Leider, I must know this, as it will be essential to analysing the song: What came first? the riff in 11: 3-3-3-2, or the words? Didn't the guys have a jam in 11, and Hunter came up with words later?
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 13 Nov 03 14:22
Always a good question! Almost impossible to get it answered, except by chance luck. I'd say it's extremely likely that they had the jam, and Hunter came up with the words. But who knows?
the hunter gets captured by the gamers (xian) Sat 15 Nov 03 15:58
only the shadow do
Adam Perry (adamice9) Mon 1 Dec 03 16:30
I like how Weir altered the lyric, specifically in the version thats on the "Strange Remain" Other Ones live album. I think the altered version really showed that "the Eleven" is a wonderful song on its own and not just a transition, as Garcia so humbly called it interviews when asked why they stopped playing it.
David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 25 Feb 08 08:47
Posted on behalf of Joe Vanucci: Hi David, I wanted to offer the idea that perhaps there *is* unity in The Eleven. Hunter's counting starts at 8, not 11, but it could be thought of like this: 8 7 6 | 5 4 3 or 8 7 6 3 4 5 where the sums of the columns each equal 11. Like bookends. Or, as Hunter alludes "Now is the time of returning". Returning to 3, the closure for 8, if you will.
David Gans (tnf) Mon 25 Feb 08 10:16
David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 11 May 09 13:39
The Dead played The Eleven at Shoreline last night, and sang all the words quite audibly. Wonderful to hear. The verse was sung more than once, and Weir came out with a new coda: "This is the season of 'what now?'" Then he riffed for awhile on "What now?" Fun!
from DAVID KLEIN (tnf) Fri 8 Feb 13 14:50
David Klein writes: I'm surprised that you don't reference the famous song lyric, "Eleven are the stars in Yosef's dream" from the Pesach song, "One is HaShem" David Klein, Southfield, Michigan
Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 21 Mar 13 02:34
No one has mentioned Hunter's little book of poems "Idiot's Delight", which has 11 sections of 11 poems each of 11 lines. XI,3 A wandering device--I've said my piece & wish to shut up & repaint the sky but this work requires exact count of verses. Eight more to be precise.
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Thu 21 Mar 13 14:29
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