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The Best Of Morning Dew

 

Morning Dew

 

"I think it must have been maybe 1960 or 1959, I can't remember, when I saw a film called 'On The Beach' and it made a tremendous impression on me, that film. Particularly at that time because everybody was very worried about the bomb and whether we were going to get through the next 10 years. It was a very immediate problem and I remember I was singing in Los Angeles at the Ashe Grove and I sat up all night talking with some friends. I was staying with a girl...whom I lost contact with, nice woman she was. And I don't know, she went to bed or something and I just sat and suddenly I just started writing this song. I had never written anything in my life. I'd written some poetry as a kid. I'd never written songs and this song just came out and really it was a kind of re-enactment of that film in a way where at the end there is nobody left and it was a conversation between these two people trying to explain what's happening. It was really apocalypse, that was what it was about."

- Bonnie Dobson

Morning Dew
Lyrics: Bonnie Dobson
Music: Bonnie Dobson

Walk me out in the morning dew, my honey
Walk me out in the morning dew today
Can't walk you out in the morning dew, my honey
I can't walk you out in the morning dew today

I thought I heard a baby cry this morning
I thought I heard a baby cry today
You didn't hear no baby cry this morning
You didn't hear no baby cry today

Where have all the people gone, my honey?
Where have all the people gone today?
There's no need for you to be worrying about all those people
You never see those people anyway

I thought I heard a young man mourn this morning
I thought I heard a young man mourn today
I thought I heard a young man mourn this morning
I can't walk you out in the morning dew today

Walk me out in the morning dew, my honey
Walk me out in the morning dew today
Can't walk you out in the morning dew, my honey
I guess it doesn't matter anyway
Well I guess it doesn't matter anyway



STANDARD DISCLAIMER:
The Best Versions Project differs from the lists in the Grateful Dead Taper's Compendium in what Ribot_for_President calls "good taste and common sense." This 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.

On with the show (and it may take a minute b/c the links are a mess)...

TOP 10 MORNING DEW:

2/28/69 - Fillmore West - San Francisco, CA; Fillmore West '69 Box Set


5/2/70 - Harpur College - Binghamton, NY - Dick’s Picks #8

2/28/73 - Salt Palace - Salt Lake City, UT - Dick's Picks #28


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


9/10/74 - Alexandra Palace - London, XEngland - Dick’s Picks #7


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


4/27/77 - Capitol Theater - Passaic, NJ- SBD


5/8/77 - Barton Hall - Ithaca, NY-Matrix; Maizner AUD


6/18/83 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY - Wise AUD


9/18/87 - Madison Square Garden - New York City, NY- SBD



Honorable Mention:

8/6/71 - Hollywood Palladium - Hollywood, CA - Dick’s Picks #35; Bertrando AUD


6/10/73 - Robert F. Kennedy Stadium - Washington DC,
-SBD

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

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


2/24/74 - Winterland Arena - San Francisco, CA - SBD



Historically Significant:

1/14/67 - Polo Field, Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA (first, inconclusive) - SBD


4/29/71 - Fillmore East - New York City, NY (last Fillmore East show) - Ladies and Gentlemen...The Grateful Dead; Weinberg AUD


12/31/72 - Winterland Arena - San Francisco, CA (w/ David Crosby) - SBD

3/23/74 - Cow Palace - Daly City, CA (Wall of Sound Soundcheck show) - Dick’s Picks #24

10/18/74 - Winterland Arena - San Francisco, CA (Retirement run) - The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack


6/14/85 - Greek Theater, University Of California - Berkeley, CA
(20th Anniversary) - SBD; Oade AUD

6/21/89 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
(w/ Clarence Clemons) - SBD

7/10/89 - Giants Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ
(w/ Neville Brothers) - SBD

6/21/95 - Knickerbocker Arena - Albany, NY (last) - AUD

LISTEN TO MORNING DEW FROM MAY 8th 1977



Official releases:

Studio 1967 The Grateful Dead
24 Feb 1968 Dick's Picks Vol 22
24 Aug 1968 Two From The Vault
28 Feb 1969 Fillmore West 1969 -The Complete Recordings
2 Mar 1969 Fillmore West 1969 - The Complete Recordings
17 Apr 1969 Download Series Vol 12
27 Apr 1969 Dick's Picks Vol 26
2 May 1970 Dick's Picks Vol 8
29 Apr 1971 Ladies And Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead
6 Aug 1971 Dick's Picks Vol 35
26 May 1972 Europe '72
22 Jul 1972 Download Series Vol 10
21 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 36
27 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 11
28 Feb 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 28
19 Oct 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 19
30 Nov 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 14
2 Dec 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 14
23 Mar 1974 Dick's Picks Vol 24
10 Sep 1974 Dick's Picks Vol 7
18 Oct 1974 Grateful Dead Movie (video, DVD & CD)

22 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 3
2 Sep 1980 Dick's Picks Vol 21
7 Aug 1982 Dick's Picks Vol 32
4 Jul 1989 Truckin' Up To Buffalo (DVD & CD soundtrack)
16 Sep 1990 Dick's Picks Vol 9

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