Dark Star

Album: Dick's Picks (1968)
  • Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes.
    Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis.
    Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion.
    Shall we go, you and I while we can

    Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?
    Mirror shatters in formless reflections of matter.
    Glass hand dissolving to ice petal flowers revolving.
    Lady in velvet recedes in the nights of goodbye.

    Shall we go, you and I while we can
    Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds? Writer/s: Jerome J. Garcia, Michael S. Hart, Robert C. Hunter, William Kreutzmann, Philip Lesh, Ronald Charles McKernan, Robert Hall Weir
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 13

  • Michael Martino from Seattle WaAll the Dark Stars mentioned are amazing!!! Although 1984 was not the boys greatest year try out 7/13/84 at the Greek Theater during a lunar eclipse, it is exceptional!
  • Thomas from Berlin, GermanyDark Star was also magic in Filmore, or Winterland 1973 although it looses a little bit the track. 35 minutes are long enough to get lost? Does anybody know about the Port Chester N. Y. concert on 2/18/71? There is a beautiful improvisation that finishes in ... the opening of Dark Star.
  • Alph from Bridgeport, CtShould I correct my prior post concert date to February 18, 1971? Anyway it goes to show that although the tightest most energetic exploratory Dark Stars are August 1968 to early 1970, others are very noteworthy.
  • Alph from Bridgeport, CtSo many amazing versions. My 2 cents is the February 19, 1971 version from Port Chester NY's Capitol Theater, which breaks into the 'Beautiful Jam' out of the first ever playing of Wharf Rat. I am also very partial to that Dick's Pick 2 version from October 1971.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdAnother illustration of titles not being copyrightable -- There's another, quite different song of this title from the 1980's by CSN.
  • Seth from Bethesda, MdThe version of Dark Star on Dick's Picks Vol. 2 is epic.
  • Stooper from Flowing Springs, PaBrilliant, masterful guitar improvisational work on the Live/Dead version which is the only one I am familiar with
  • Mike from Philadelphia, PaAlso... Check out the versions from Live/Dead and Dick's Picks Volume 4. These versions are considered by Deadheads to be the greatest performances of "Dark Star" ever.
  • Mike from Philadelphia, PaActually, "Dark Star" was first released as a single in 1968, with "Born Cross-Eyed" as the b-side. The band had been working on the chord progression for some time when Robert Hunter heard the tune and wrote the first verse in about 20 minutes. He worked on the second verse while in Golden Gate Park, when somebody came up to him and asked what he had been writing. He said that he was writing a piece called "Dark Star", and retorted "This will be important, remember this." Whether joking or not, Hunter was certainly right.
  • Dave from Ocala, FlThere was a Grateful Dead special on the radio back around 1980 (possibly a Westwood One production)and I believe it was Jerry who commented on walking by - I think - golden Gate Park, where Hunter was tripping and scribbling down some words that later morphed into the lyrics for Dark Star
  • Colleen from Bedford, NyJosh is a phony. He is no dead head.
  • William from Half Moon Bay, CaActually this song was not only written by Garcia and Hunter but also Weir, Pig Pen, Lesh, Hart and Kreutzmann.
  • Zach Anderson from Medway, MaClosing of Winterland version is amazing
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