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The Best Of Stella Blue

Stella Blue
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

All the years combine
They melt into a dream
A broken angel sings
From a guitar

In the end there's just a song
Comes crying up the night
Through all the broken dreams
And vanished years

Stella Blue
Stella Blue

When all the cards are down
There's nothing left to see
There's just the pavement left
And broken dreams

In the end there's still that song
Comes crying like the wind
Down every lonely street
That's ever been

Stella Blue
Stella Blue

I've stayed in every blue light cheap hotel
Can't win for trying
Dust off those rusty strings just one more time
Gonna make them shine

It all rolls into one
And nothing comes for free
There's nothing you can hold
For very long

And when you hear that song
Come crying like the wind
It seems like all this life
Was just a dream

Stella Blue
Stella Blue

The Annotated "Stella Blue"

This list differs from similar lists 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.

In looking for ways to transport the Grateful Dead's "Wall of Sound" they embarked on many obstacles in moving and transporting all of their gear. Many of the moving companies not only set up the sound, but hauled all the gear that ultimately Owsely "Bear" Stanley started. Listed below from California to New York are some really killer shows, including the notable 10/17/74 show, notable for being part of The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack.

Without furthur ado...

The Top 10 Of Stella Blue:

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

10/17/74 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack

11/4/77 - Cotterell Gym, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY - SBD

10/21/78 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - SBD

5/8/80 - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY - SBD

6/28/88 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY - Matrix

9/19/90 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY - SBD; Streaming Video

3/21/94 - Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH - SBD

8/1/94 - The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI - SBD

10/1/94 - Boston Garden, Boston, MA - Bertha Remaster

Honorable Mention:

4/21/78 - Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY - SBD

1/11/79 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - Gotto AUD

5/16/81 - Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Wise AUD

8/10/82 - Fieldhouse, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - SBD

6/14/91 - Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, DC - SBD

Historically Significant:

6/17/72 - Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA (first) - AUD

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


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