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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 its not an invitation to debate. Its a list of solid versions that you all ought to hear. For more information about the processes used to create these lists, please check the, About the Projects section on the home page.

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The Top 10 Versions of Eyes Of The World:

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

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

10/19/73 - Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, OK - STREAM SBD

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

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

8/6/74 - Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ - STREAM MTX

9/11/74 - Alexandra Palace, London, England - STREAM MTX

10/19/74 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

12/31/76 - Cow Palace, Daly City, CA - STREAM SBD

9/3/77 - Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ - STREAM SBD; AUD; MTX

Honorable Mention:

10/29/73 - Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO - STREAM SBD; AUD; MTX

11/30/73 - Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA - STREAM SBD; MTX

6/26/74 - Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI - STREAM MTX; AUD

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

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

Historically Significant:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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"