Last year was a monumental one for the Grateful Dead. The 20th February concert included the second ever appearance of the classic Wharf Rats , a song that later gave name to Deadheads who were living alcohol and narcotic free. Hunter and Garcia both had a certain amount of experience to draw on in writing and singing about being homeless, on at least semi-indigent, living in cars in their early years of first acquaintance, crashing where they could. Aug 20, 2015 - Greatest Stories Ever Told - "Wharf Rat" | Grateful Dead Add to these three show the first two Grateful Dead performances at Red Rocks in Colorado, a run widely considered the best of the year, and you have one of the most compelling boxed sets the Grateful Dead have ever released. It's a Fun place with a nice atmosphere. So, many thanks for delving deep. Reading your post has given me renewed energy. The night of February 18th, 1971 marked an exciting night for the Dead and the Deadheads alike, as the band debuted a bevy of new songs including “Wharf Rat”. An Epic Tale of finding the way to Pearly's Place. See Rita Wilson's Colorful New Video for 'I Wanna Kiss Bob Dylan', The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner have unveiled the full details of their massive Grateful Dead, Taylor Swift Moved Her Album Release Date for Paul McCartney, ‘Kind of Blue’ Apron: Disney Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Teams Up With Blue Apron to Deliver Dinner and a Movie, An EMT Joined OnlyFans to Make Ends Meet. We've all been there. Thanks to Ed Abahoonie and Mike Scheier for pointing this out The group’s name is a reference to a 1971 song from The Grateful Dead called The Wharf Rat, which sings the story of a down-and-out dockside alcoholic. In fact, it was written as a gospel song composed in 1929 by Albert Brumley. This is another of those shows that included a number of firsts: “Bertha,” “Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Loser,” and “Playing In the Band.” This is the beginning of the songwriting period in which Hunter and Garcia collaborated on a series of great story songs set in an America peopled by outlaws, the down-and-out, and a range of more or less disreputable characters. The song was never given full studio treatment, although the version released on “Skull and Roses” did benefit from some studio enhancement, with Merl Saunders’s organ track overdubbed after the fact. I mentioned a guy named Augustus Caesar, to no avail. Bravo. Wharf Rats started out as a group of people in recovery on tour. -Fact-man. He taught me to find The Wharf Rat table, outdoors, from the pit (where else?) Keep on keeping on! “‘Wharf Rat’ had its highest moments in 1978, and this boxed set features three versions of this Garcia-Hunter epic song, played at the box’s first, third, and fifth shows. Wharf Rat was first performed by the Grateful Dead in February 1971. With Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Spottiswoode Aitken, Lillian Langdon. He chuckled, and said "Yea... good luck with that" (or something to that effect.) In June and July, the band both celebrated its 50th anniversary and marked the ostensible end of its live-performance career with its series of Fare Thee Well shows. But musically, the chords for Dark Star and Wharf Rat are exactly the same! Such a sad moment in the song—you know, listening, that August West will never get back on his feet again, much less fly away, and even less that Pearly has been true to him to his dying day. Some of us feared disclosing our status as Deadheads at our AA and NA meetings. Sugar Magnolia [9:57] 2. The song's all ambiguity, sure, except August's description, the facts of the encounter, and the given circumstances of these fellows ("nowhere to go but just to hang around," and so on). One bad break or bum steer can ruin a person. The function of man is to live, not to exist. “The first three shows in this boxed set are completely uncirculated in soundboard format, and this boxed set will give the world its first taste of these three magnificent, previously thought-to-be-lost Grateful Dead concerts. The story about Augustus West and Alexander Beatty is one of the coolest stories Ive heard in a while. The fact that Hunter has Garcia sing a song, one of whose characters is named August, seems possibly significant in light of Garcia’s birthday: he would have been 71 years old this week—born on August 1, 1942. and he’s asking the woman (and/or group) to believe him/them OR August is affirming she/they already believeD. (The complete July 8th, 1978, Red Rocks show will also be available as a separate three-CD set.) And I think someone sent me a photo once of a bar ironically named “Purley Baker’s.” Possibly in upstate New York. This year is another busy one for the legendary group. Anyways, thanks for bringing life to many of the Dead's songs. And here at the Historic Gardens, we’re part of … They aren't; they are all the Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus. employed this money making scam and their story became the basis for a One hell of a trip.-greatest story was played a bunch before this show-Anonymous. The 12-CD version of July 1978: The Complete Recordings — featuring artwork from renowned comic-book artists Paul Pope — is limited to 15,000 numbered copies and is available via dead.net. Listened to it a hundred times a hundred years ago. Always want to hear another version of this one-esp. Take the gold pill. Either way he knows he’d come to no good (or is it he’d come to “know” good?) Best to Cosmic Charlie all the folks who meet at Holy Innocents in SF on Thursday nights. to travel back south, sell West back into slavery, help him escape and We may conquer our demons or we may be consumed by them. We went with my step-brother and his girlfriend, (now wife of 15 + years -- the met in line for JGB tix!) It's just exactly perfect on account that they're the Absolutely Perfect Brothers Band. On stage that night, the Dead debuted a whole new batch of songs, five in all: “Wharf Rat,” “Playing In The Band,” “Bertha,” “Greatest Story Ever Told” and “Loser.” Fans were also treated to a few standbys from the previous decade, including “St. I found it long and monotonous and heavy. Stephen” and an inspired “Dark Star>Wharf Rat>Dark Star” jam. Then this morning, Wharf Rat came on GD Radio, almost as if it was answering my question. Andrew it is. 6. The final show of the tour, and the boxed set, includes plenty of crowd-pleasing songs, including this spectacular version of ‘Wharf Rat.'”. “These five shows are from one of the best weeks of the one of the best years in the Grateful Dead’s 30 years performing career. It came to my attention thanks to a reader sending a contribution to The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics website. So you may ask, what the hell does this have to do with Wharf Rat, Jerry sings with conviction and soul to heavens and cries out the warning to the bowels of hell. I thank my lucky stars for my work, for a warm place to live. I got time to hear his story A few good breaks can help a man make a decent life for himself. Their motto is "One show at a time." The author may be from the Purly organization and August may be saying, I know Purly’s been true, the way a supporter or loved one can be. THANK YOU. These rats range in length from 13 to 18 inches. Some other fuckers crime, but it's okay to drink yourself to death...I'll get a new star....Live the life I should.... Then worry about your girl cheatin on you... What a great song...I have a "Friend of August West" sticker on my big book...and a "Let Go and Let Jerry" was on my old Subaru that I passed on to a friend before I left the States. (I’ll consider requests for particular songs—just private message me!). This song has a special place in my head and heart. that has become a part of both the area's and the nation's history. His spirit of survival and passion for life burned bright. In my book and on my website, I compared these lines to the song “I’ll Fly Away,” which I incorrectly identified as a folk song. We are the captains of our own ship. You sort of think that maybe some were his crimes, but at least some other dudes were doing time for some of THIS f'ers crime. I guess I'm an in the darkie, I loved when the bridge would come,and Brent,Jerry,and Bob would nail it with their gruff harmonies. One of the largest muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a head and body length of up to 28 cm long, and a tail slightly shorter than that. Anyway, not really about WR, but I know that it was one of the tunes that hooked me from the beginning, and I haven't looked back since! Games, Furniture & Come winter it hits below zero on some nights. There is additional power these days, given all the innocent people being released from prison and death row who were wrongfully convicted. It speaks of addiction,a chance at benediction, jealousy. some other f'ers crime. Tomorrow's another day. Hear Grateful Dead’s Sublime ‘Wharf Rat’ From First-Ever Red Rocks Run Track appears on upcoming boxed set, ‘July 1978: The Complete Recordings,’ drawn from legendary Betty Boards tapes then split the profits. Warf Rat keeps getting better and better with each listen; both lyrically and musically. Either Pearly already believed them (just like August) or he’s asking her to believe them. 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