(alexallan) Wed 10 Sep 03 23:49
Black Muddy River w: Hunter m: Garcia AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/bmr.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/BLACKMUD.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Wed 10 Sep 03 23:50
Black Muddy River Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Jerry Garcia Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. When the last rose of summer pricks my fingers And the hot sun chills me to the bone When I can't hear the song for the singer And I can't tell my pillow from a stone I will walk alone by the black muddy river And sing me a song of my own I will walk alone by the black muddy river Sing me a song of my own When the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain And the stars seem to splatter in the sky When the moon splits the south west horizon And scream of an eagle on the fly I will walk alone by the black muddy river And listen to the ripples as they moan I will walk alone by the black muddy river Sing me a song of my own Black muddy river Roll on forever I don't care how deep and wide If you got another side Roll muddy river Roll muddy river Black muddy river, roll When it seems like the night will last forever And there's nothing left to do but count the years When the strings of my heart start to sever And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears I will walk alone by the black muddy river And dream me a dream of my own I will walk alone by the black muddy river Sing me a song of my own And sing me a song of my own
David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 8 Jun 04 09:02
Posting this on behalf of Tim White: Date: 8 Jun 2004 13:24:08 -0000 From: Tim White <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: More on the Watersons/GD Hi Waterson:Carthy have a new CD just out, "Fishes and Fine Yellow Sand" (Topic TSCD542 in the UK)which includes another beautiful version of Black Muddy River sung by Norma with Eliza and (need I say?) a great guitar part from Martin. There's already been some discussion about W:C and the GOGD on the And We Bid You Goodnight thread, here's an extract from the notes to the new CD, written by Martin and Norma: "Somebody - and neither Norma nor I knows who - sent us a ninety minute tape with just one song on it. Black Muddy River. Norma found the tape when she was hunting around for songs to put on her first solo CD for Ryko in 1996. Every gig we do we say that some unknown person sent it and as yet no-one has come forward to claim it as their gift. Whoever you are, thank you very much. She didn't recognise the band at the time nor did she recognise the singer, neither did Liza nor did I. It was John Chelew - who produced the CD - who identified the band as the Grateful Dead and the singer as Jerry Garcia, who wrote the song along with Robert Hunter. I think it sums up, but in uniquely American terms, what we all do and what it feels like. Thank him very much indeed as well." So there you go - though I must have seen them perform BMR half a dozen times and I don't recall the mystery tape story. The new CD is great BTW, standout for me is Eliza's hypnotic reading of Captain Kidd, perhaps her best vocal yet on record. Tim "Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of justice for all people." Martin Luther King Jr.
from DANIEL COHEN (tnf) Sat 4 Sep 04 08:15
From Daniel Cohen: I was recently at the Mythic Journeys conference in Atlanta. One of the presentations was called "Orpheus: shamanic singer", and the speaker read many poems relating to Orpheus. In my report on the conference and this workshop in particular I wrote Something else that came to my mind in that workshop was the song Black Muddy River, sung so beautifully by Norma Waterson. This song was originally one of the Grateful Dead's songs. They were certainly shamanic performers (and knew it), and it occurred to me that the river could be one of the rivers of Hades, and that the "I" of the song could even be Orpheus. Indeed, the writer of the lyrics of this song (and many others of the Grateful Dead's songs) was Robert Hunter, a poet who has also published a translation of Rilke's "Sonnets to Orpheus", so such resonances could well have been in his mind when he wrote the song. Even if such resonances were not consciously in Hunter's mind, I think they may still have been there unconsciously. -- Daniel Cohen
David Gans (tnf) Sat 13 Aug 11 08:54
Interesting observation/question from a musical colleague: I was thinking about "Black Muddy River" (which was a blast to perform, btw): Black muddy river Roll on forever I don't care how deep or wide If you've got another side One of the first songs I ever heard by the Dead (I was a newbie when I bought "In The Dark" at age 14), and this song continues to be one of the most personally moving for me. Intriguing, I think, how those particular lines could be interpreted in virtually opposite ways, either spiritual/suggesting the comfort of afterlife, or fundamentally nihilistic and stoic. Is Hunter saying he's able to accept the blackness of the river *because* it has another side, or that he truly doesn't care if it has another side ? Such an interesting song because it could really be interpreted as almost Christian, or defiantly Atheistic, or really anything in between. Maybe from the number of times you undoubtedly saw Jerry sing the song, you have an opinion on how he might have felt those lines ?
Steve Biederman (sbied) Sun 14 Aug 11 20:50
Not sure about the rest, but definitely spiritual and comforting.
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