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The Best Of The Music Never Stopped


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The Music Never Stopped
Lyrics: John Barlow
Music: Bob Weir

There's mosquitoes on the river
Fish are rising up like birds
It's been hot for seven weeks now
Too hot to even speak now
Did you hear what I just heard?

Say, it might have been a fiddle
Or it could have been the wind
But there seems to be a beat now
I can feel it in my feet now
Listen here it comes again

There's a band out on the highway
They're high-stepping into town
It's a rainbow full of sound
It's fireworks, calliopes and clowns
Everybody's dancing

Come on children, come on children
Come on clap your hands

Sun went down in honey
And the moon came up in wine
You know stars were spinning dizzy
Lord the band kept us so busy
We forgot about the time

They're a band beyond description
Like Jehovah's favourite choir
People joining hand in hand
While the music plays the band
Lord they're setting us on fire

Crazy rooster crowing midnight
Balls of lightning roll along
Old men sing about their dreams
Women laugh and children scream
And the band keeps playing on

Keep on dancing through to daylight
Greet the morning air with song
No one's noticed but the band's all packed and gone
Was it ever here at all?
But they kept on dancing

Come on children, come on children
Come on clap your hands

Well the cool breeze came on Tuesday
And the corn's a bumper crop
And the fields are full of dancing
Full of singing and romancing
The music never stopped

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.

Your Top 10 TMNSs are next...

Top 10 Versions of The Music Never Stopped

9/30/76 - St. John Arena, Columbus, Oh.- SBD; AUD

4/29/77 - The Palladium, New York, N.Y.- SBD

5/9/77 - War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, N.Y.- SBD; AUD

6/7/77 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca.- SBD/AUD

6/9/77 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca.- SBD; Bertrando AUD

11/6/77 - Broome County Arena, Binghamton, N.Y.- SBD; AUD

4/24/78 - Horton Field House, Il. U., Normal, Il.- SBD

7/7/78 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Co.- SBD; AUD

1/10/79 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.- AUD

8/14/79 - McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, Co.-

Honorable Mention:

10/14/76 - Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Ca.- SBD; AUD

12/27/77 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca.- SBD

12/28/79 - Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, Ca.- SBD; AUD

10/29/80 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y.- AUD

10/21/83 - The Centrum, Worcester, Ma.- Bertha Remaster; AUD

Note: 9/30/76 and 10/14/76 contain Mind Left Body Jams.


Official Releases:

Blues For Allah
8/13/1975 - One From The Vault
6/18/1976 - Download Series Vol. 4
4/30/1977 - Download Series Vol. 1
5/22/1977 - Dick's Picks Vol. 3
9/3/1977 - Dick's Picks Vol. 15
2/3/1978 - Dick's Picks Vol. 18
10/14/1980 - So Many Roads (1965-1995)
8/7/1982 - Dick's Picks Vol. 32
12/31/1987 - Ticket To New Year's (video/DVD only)
4/2/1989 - Download Series Vol. 9
7/17/1989 - Fallout From The Phil Zone
6/14/1991 - View From The Vault II (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)
9/25/1991 - Dick's Picks Vol. 17 Tapers Section Versions:

9/24/1976 - Drums> Slipknot> Franklin's Tower> The Music Never Stopped> Stella Blue> Around and Around, U.S.Blues

10/3/1976 - Music Never Stopped

4/21/1978 - It's All Over Now, Brown-Eyed Women>Music Never Stopped

4/24/1978 - Music Never Stopped

7/31/1982 - Brown-Eyed Women>The Music Never Stopped>Deal

8/12/1987 - My Brother Esau>Bird Song>Music Never Stopped

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