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Best of Shakedown Street

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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.

And now...

The Top 10 Versions of Shakedown Street:

11/24/78 - Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ - STREAM SBD

1/15/79 - Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield, MA - STREAM AUD

5/7/79 - Kirby Fieldhouse, Lafayette College, Easton, PA - STREAM AUD

10/25/79 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT - STREAM SBD/AUD

10/31/79 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - STREAM SBD

3/24/81 - Rainbow Theater, London, England - STREAM AUD

7/5/81 - Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK - STREAM SBD

12/5/81 - Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN - STREAM SBD

12/31/84 - San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

6/30/85 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD - STREAM SBD

Honorable Mention:

12/28/78 - Golden Hall, Community Concourse, San Diego, CA - STREAM SBD

10/7/80 - Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD
 
9/12/81 - Greek Theatre, U. of California, Berkeley, CA - STREAM AUD

4/6/82 - The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA - STREAM SBD

7/6/87 - Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA - STREAM AUD


Historically Significant:

8/31/78 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (First) - STREAM SBD

9/16/78 - Gizah Sound and Light Theater, Cairo, Egypt (Egypt) - STREAM SBD

2-17-79 - Oakland Coliseum - Oakland, CA (Keith & Donna's Last Show) - STREAM SBD

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

7/9/95 - Soldier Field, Chicago, IL (Last) - STREAM SBD

We tussled a bit at the end of this project, and we would be remiss if we didn't at least mention two great versions that just missed the cut:

11/25/79 - Pauley Pavilion, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles, CA - STREAM SBD; MTX
5/16/81 - Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - STREAM SBD; MTX

Shakedown Street

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

You tell me this town ain't got no heart
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
The sunny side of the street is dark
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
Maybe that's 'cause it's midnight
And the dark of the moon besides
Maybe the dark is from your eyes
(Maybe the dark is from your eyes)
Maybe the dark is from your eyes
(Maybe the dark is from your eyes)
Maybe the dark is from your eyes
(Maybe the dark is from your eyes)
You know you got such dark eyes

Chorus:
Nothing shaking on Shakedown Street
Used to be the heart of town
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart
You just got to poke around

You think you've seen this town clear through
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
Nothing here could interest you
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
It's not because you missed out
On the thing that we had to start
Maybe you had too much too fast
(Maybe you had too much too fast)
Maybe you had too much too fast
(Maybe you had too much too fast)
Maybe you had too much too fast
(Maybe you had too much too fast)
And just overplayed your part

[chorus]

Since I'm passing your way today
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
I just stopped in 'cause I want to say
(Well, well, well, you can never tell)
I recall your darkness
When it crackled like a thunder cloud
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart
(Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart)
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart
(Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart)
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart
(Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart)
I can hear it beat out loud

[chorus]

Notes: Jerry sang "Maybe because it's sunlight on 15 April 1983.

The Annotated "Shakedown Street"

Official Releases featuring Shakedown Street:

Studio 1978 Shakedown Street (note 2)
8/13/79 - Beyond Description: Bonus CD
12/26/79 - Dick's Picks Vol. 5
10/7/80 - Dead Set (note 3)
10/30/80 - Dead Ahead (DVD)
12/31/84 - So Many Roads Box Set (1965-1995)
4/2/89 - Download Series Vol. 9
12/16/92 - Dick's Picks Vol. 27