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Eyes of the World

Eyes of the World

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Right outside this lazy summer home
You ain't got time to call your soul a critic, no
Right outside the lazy gate
Of winter's summer home
Wondering where the nuthatch winter's
Wings a mile long
Just carried the bird away

Chorus
Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world
But the heart has its beaches, its homeland and thoughts of its own
Wake now discover that you are the song that the morning brings
But the heart has its seasons, its evenings and songs of its own

There comes a redeemer and he slowly, too, fades away
And there follows his wagon behind him that's loaded with clay
And the seeds that were silent all burst into bloom and decay
And night comes so quiet, its close on the heels of the day

[chorus]

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own
And sometimes we visit your country and live in your home
Sometimes we ride on your horses, sometimes we walk alone
Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own

[chorus]
Notes
Iin at least one early performance of the song (28 Feb 1973, on Dick's Picks Vol 28), Jerry sings "Right outside this lazy country home"


The Annotated "Eyes Of The World"

STANDARD DISCLAIMER:
This list differs from the list in the GD Taper's Compendium in what Ribot_for_President calls "good taste and common sense." As with the Top 100 GD shows, the Best Versions project isn't necessarily definitive, and it’s not an invitation to debate. It’s a list of solid versions that you all ought to hear.

Without further ado...

Top 10 Eyes Of The World:

5/26/73 - Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA - SBD


8/1/73 - Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ - SBD


10/19/73 - Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, OK - Dick's Picks #19


11/11/73 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - SBD


6/18/74 - Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY- SBD


8/6/74 - Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ - Dick's Picks #31 - AUD


9/11/74 - Alexandra Palace, London, England - SBD


10/19/74 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack


12/31/76 - Cow Palace, Daly City, CA - Live At The Cow Palace


9/3/77 - Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ - Dick's Picks #15



Honorable Mention:


10/29/73 - Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO - SBD


11/30/73 - Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA - Dick's Picks #14


6/26/74 - Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI - Dick's Picks #12
; AUD

6/23/90 - Autzen Stadium, U. of Oregon, Eugene, OR - SBD


3/31/91 - Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC - SBD

 

Historically Significant:


2/9/73 - Roscoe Maples Pavilion, Stanford U., Palo Alto, CA (First) - SBD


8/13/75 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (Retirement) - SBD


3/29/90 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (Branford Marsalis) - SBD


7/6/95 - Riverport Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO (Last) - SBD

 

LISTEN TO EYES OF THE WORLD FROM JUNE 18th 1974

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