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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 Help On The Way> Slipknot!> Franklin's Tower:

6/14/76 - Beacon Theatre, New York, NY - STREAM SBD

6/24/76 - Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA - STREAM SBD; MTX

6/27/76 - Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL - STREAM AUD

9/24/76 - College Of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA - STREAM AUD

10/1/76 - Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN - STREAM AUD

4/23/77 - Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield, MA - STREAM SBD

5/22/77 - Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, FLA - STREAM SBD

9/2/83 - BSU Pavilion, Boise State University, Boise, ID - STREAM AUD

10/12/83 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY - STREAM SBD

3/25/85 - Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield, MA - STREAM AUD

Honorable Mention:

5/9/77 - War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY - STREAM SBD

10/11/77 - Lloyd Noble Center, U. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK - STREAM SBD

10/22/89 - Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC - STREAM SBD

3/30/90 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - STREAM SBD

9/19/90 - The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA - STREAM SBD

Historically Significant:

2/22/74-2/23/74 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (origins of Slipknot!) - STREAM SBD

6/20/74 - The Omni, Atlanta, GA (first Slipknot!) - STREAM SBD

6/17/75 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (first/instrumental Help, first Franklin's, first trio ) - STREAM AUD

8/13/75 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA (Blues for Allah release party) - STREAM SBD

10/9/76 - Oakland Coliseum Stadium, Oakland, CA (Day On The Green #8) - STREAM AUD

3/25/83 - Compton Terrace Amphitheatre, Tempe, AZ (Bust out! last was 10/11/77) - STREAM AUD

5/15/83 - Greek Theatre, U. of California, Berkeley, CA (w/Airto Moreira) - STREAM AUD

10/8/89 - Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA (Bust out!) - STREAM SBD

10/14/89 - Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (Bust out! last first set 10/11/77) - STREAM SBD

9/10/91 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (w/Branford Marsalis) - STREAM SBD

10/31/91 - Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA (Bill Graham's Halloween!) - STREAM SBD

6/22/95 - Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY (Last time played) - STREAM AUD

Help On The Way
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Paradise waits
On the crest of a wave her angels in flame
She has no pain
Like a child she is pure, she is not to blame
Poised for flight, wings spread bright
Spring from night into the sun
Don't stop to run
She can fly like a lie, she can't be outdone

Tell me the cost
I can pay, let me go, tell me love is not lost
Sell everything
Without love day to day, insanity's king
I will pay, day by day
Anyway, lock, bolt and key
Crippled but free
I was blind all the time I was learning to see

Help on the way
Well I know only this, I've got you today
Don't fly away
'Cause I love what I love and I want it that way
I will stay, one more day
Like I say, honey, it's you
Making it too
Without love in the dream it'll never come true

Music: Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Keith Godchaux

An instrumental forming the transition between Help On The Way and Franklin's Tower. The title may have come from a fragment of lyric that Hunter wrote for "Help On The Way" that was never used:

Beautiful lie
You can pray
You can pay
Till you're buried alive

Blackmailer blues
Everyone in the room
Owns a part of the noose
Slipknot gig
Slipknot gig
Slipknot gig

Did someone say
Help on the way
Well, I know
Yeah, I do
That there's help on the way

Franklin's Tower:
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann

In another time's forgotten space
Your eyes looked from your mother's face
Wildflower seed on the sand and stone
May the four winds blow you safely home

Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew

I'll tell you where the four winds dwell
In Franklin's tower there hangs a bell
It can ring, turn night to day
It can ring like fire when you lose your way


God save the child who rings that bell
It may have one good ring, baby, you can't tell
One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused, listen to the music play


Some come to laugh their past away
Some come to make it just one more day
Whichever way your pleasure tends
If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind


In Franklin's tower the four winds sleep*
Like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep
Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again


* This is the line from the studio recording, but Jerry mostly sang "I'll tell you where the four winds sleep."

The Annotated Help on the Way
The Annotated Slipknot!
The Annotated Franklin's Tower