Hunter wrote "Ripple," "Brokedown Palace
," and "To Lay Me Down
" (recorded by Jerry Garcia on Garcia
in 1972) in a single afternoon at the home of Dead friend Alan Trist (also author of The Water of Life: A Tale of the Grateful Dead, a Folk Story
) in Devonshire Terrace, West Kensington, London. It was the second day of his first visit to England. He had drunk half a bottle of Greek Retsina wine and had a case more beside him, which fed his inspiration. Recounting the afternoon many years later in the foreword to The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics
, he recalled it as an uncommonly magical one that stayed in his memory as "the personal quintessence of the union between writer and Muse, a promising past and bright future prospects melding into one great glowing apocatastasis in South Kensington, writing words that seemed to flow like molten gold onto parchment paper." Merriam Webster defines
apocatastasis as "the doctrine of the final restoration of all sinful beings to God and to the state of blessedness."