David Dodd (ddodd) Wed 3 Sep 03 12:53
Greatest Story Ever Told w: Hunter m: Weir, Hart AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/greatest.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/GREATEST.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 4 Sep 03 19:10
Greatest Story Ever Told Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Bob Weir, Mickey Hart Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Moses come riding up on a quasar His spurs was a-jingling, the door was ajar His buckle was silver, his manner was bold I asked him to come on in out of the cold His brain was boiling, his reason was spent Nothing is borrowed, nothing is lent I asked him for mercy, he gave me a gun Now and again these things just got to be done Abraham and Isaac sitting on a fence Get right to work if you have any sense You know the one thing we need is a left-hand monkey wrench Gideon come in with his eyes on the floor Says, "you ain't got a hinge, you can't close the door" Moses stood up a full six foot ten Said "you can't close the door when the wall's caved in" I asked him for water he poured me some wine We finished the bottle then broke into mine You get what you come for, you're ready to go And it's one in ten thousand done come for the show Abraham and Isaac digging on a well Mama come quick with the water witch spell Cool clear water where you can't never tell
David Gans (tnf) Fri 18 Aug 06 07:42
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Kosher Swan (shmo) Fri 18 Aug 06 09:07
Isaac is Abraham's son with Sarah. Ishamael is Abraham's son with Hagar. Isaac and Ishmael are the two brothers often seen as representing the diverging lines of Judaism and Islam.
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Fri 18 Aug 06 14:03
Yes. Those would be the brothers in question. Made quite a lot of trouble even after their day, if the story be true. Oh, and for what it's worth, there was a night in 1974 when I "got it". The lyric "you can't close the door when the wall's caved in" came throbbing out of some seriously huge and ridiculous speakers in a true dump of a dorm room in a place called ADPhi. My buddies, Dance'a'More, Abbott, and Mateo were grinnin' like jack'o'laterns, 'cuz they knew what was gonna happen to their tenderfoot pal. I haven't been quite right since ;-)
Christian Crumlish (xian) Mon 28 Aug 06 21:16
that line made a huge impression on me at my third show, hampton '85. i was on the rail and the dynamics of that moment were monstrous. monstrous good.
David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 29 Aug 06 10:46
I remember it clearly from the final Keith & Donna show at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, in a benefit for the Campaign for Economic Democracy. Whatever I may have consumed that evening, the entire show seemed tinged by the political benefit, and Greatest Story was no exception. In particular, the search for a left-hand monkey wrench seemed extremely significant.
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Mon 4 Sep 06 20:37
I always wondered about Hunter's state of mind, point of view, that when this guy came to the door he resembled Moses (!), the great and powerful Oz, I mean law-giver. Its great imagery, this psychoative tussel between him and "Gideon" who Moses has to explain "obvious" things to from his 6'10" height. Sheepish Gideon was hiding in a winepress when the raiders came into Israel, and threw out fleeces in unbelief at God's command and his own ability to lead Israel to victory. No wonder Moses had to stand 6'10". then the other guys in the corner with the monkey-wrench, makikng grad plans to do nothing in particular. But they had, mmm...mmm, good clean water.
David Gans (tnf) Mon 2 Feb 09 09:35
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