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Best of Let it Grow


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.

And now...

The Top 10 Versions of Let It Grow:

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

6/28/74 - Boston Garden, Boston, Ma - STREAM AUD

7/19/74 - Selland Arena, Fresno, Ca - STREAM SBD

8/4/74 - Civic Convention Hall Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pa - STREAM AUD

7/18/76 - Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, Ca - STREAM SBD

10/29/77 - Evans Field House, Northern Illinois U, DeKalb, Il - STREAM SBD

1/11/78 - Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Ca - STREAM SBD

5/14/78 - Providence Civic Center, Providence, R.I. - STREAM AUD

8/3/82 - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo. - STREAM SBD

6/27/84 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md. - STREAM SBD

Honorable Mention:

11/4/77 - Cotterell Gym, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y. - STREAM SBD; AUD

1/31/78 - Uptown Theatre, Chicago, Il - STREAM SBD

9/11/82 - West Palm Beach Auditorium, West Palm Beach, Fl. - STREAM SBD

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

3/14/90 - Capital Centre, Landover, Md. - STREAM SBD

Historically Significant:

- Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Ca. - WRS: Prelude tease in The Other One - STREAM AUD

11/17/72 - Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, Ks. - First WRS: Prelude - STREAM SBD

9/7/73 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y - First LIG - STREAM SBD

9/8/73 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y - First Full WRS - STREAM SBD

3/23/74 - Cow Palace, Daly City, Ca. - Wall of Sound-check - STREAM SBD

10/18/74 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca - STREAM SBD

9/19/90 - Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. - First second set LIG since 12/31/86 - STREAM SBD

07/02/95 - Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, In. - Last - STREAM AUD

Let It Grow
Lyrics: John Barlow
Music: Bob Weir

Morning comes, she follows the path to the river shore
Lightly sung, her song is the latch on the morning's door
See the sun sparkle in the reeds
Silver beads pass into the sea

She comes from a town where they call her the woodcutter's daughter
She's brown as the bank where she kneels down to gather her water
And she bears it away with a love that the river has taught her
Let it flow, greatly flow, wide and clear

Round and round, the cut of the plow in the furrowed field
Seasons round, the bushels of corn and the barley meal
Broken ground, open and beckoning
To the spring; black dirt live again

The plowman is broad as the back of the land he is sowing
As he dances the circular track of the plow ever knowing
That the work of his day measures more than the planting and growing
Let it grow, let it grow, greatly yield

What shall we say, shall we call it by a name
As well to count the angels dancing on a pin
Water bright as the sky from which it came
And the name is on the earth that takes it in
We will not speak but stand inside the rain
And listen to the thunder shout
I am, I am, I am, I am

So it goes, we make what we made since the world began
Nothing more, the love of the women, work of men
Seasons round, creatures great and small,
Up and down, as we rise and fall


The Annotated Let It Grow.