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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 Terrapin Station:

5/17/77 - Memorial Coliseum, U. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL - STREAM SBD

11/1/77 - Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI - STREAM SBD

1/22/78 - McArthur Court, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR - STREAM SBD; AUD

10/18/78 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

11/24/79 - Golden Hall, Community Concourse, San Diego, CA - STREAM SBD

4/29/80 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA - STREAM AUD

7/27/82 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO - STREAM SBD; AUD

9/18/83 - Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA - STREAM SBD; AUD

4/14/84 - Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA - STREAM SBD; AUD

3/24/90 - Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY - STREAM SBD

Honorable Mention:

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

10/6/80 - Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA - STREAM AUD

3/15/90 - Capital Centre, Landover, MD - STREAM AUD

7/18/90 - Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN - STREAM SBD; AUD

6/23/93 - Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN - STREAM SBD

Historically Significant

2/26/1977 - Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA - First Time Played - STREAM SBD

5/22/1977 - Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, FL - Terrapin does not include "Lady With A Fan" - STREAM SBD

12/31/1978 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

12/30/1983 - San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA - MLB Jam - STREAM SBD

12/15/1986 - Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA - Jerry comeback show - STREAM SBD

12/6/1989 - Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA - With Clarence Clemons - STREAM SBD

12/30/1989 - Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA - With Airto Moreira - STREAM SBD

7/23/1990 - World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, IL - Brents last show - STREAM SBD

2/21/1991 - Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA - With Airto Moreira - STREAM SBD

3/28/1991 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - Last Terrapin Encore: 070/81978 [907] STREAM SBD

4/5/1991 - The Omni, Atlanta, GA - Final Stir It Up Jam out of Terrapin - STREAM SBD

3/18/1993 - Capital Centre, Landover, MD - With Bruce Hornsby on accordion - STREAM SBD

12/10/1993 - Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA - With Branford Marsalis - STREAM SBD

7/8/1995 - Soldier Field, Chicago, IL - Final Version - STREAM SBD

Lady with a Fan

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Let my inspiration flow, in token rhyme suggesting rhythm
That will not forsake me, till my tale is told and done
While the fire lights aglow, strange shadows from the flames will grow
Till things we've never seen will seem familiar

Shadows of a sailor forming winds both foul and fair, all swarm
Down in Carlisle he loved a lady many years ago
Here beside him stands a man, a soldier by the looks of him,
Who came through many fights, but lost at love

While the story teller speaks, a door within the fire creaks,
Suddenly flies open, and a girl is standing there
Eyes alight, with glowing hair, all that fancy paints as fair
She takes her fan and throws it in the lion's den

Which of you to gain me, tell, will risk uncertain pains of hell?
I will not forgive you if you will not take the chance
The sailor gave at least a try; the soldier, being much too wise,
Strategy was his strength, and not disaster

The sailor, coming out again, the lady fairly leapt at him
That's how it stands today. You decide if he was wise
The story teller makes no choice, soon you will not hear his voice
His job is to shed light, and not to master

Since the end is never told we paid the teller off in gold
In hopes he will come back, but he cannot be bought or sold

Terrapin Station

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Inspiration, move me brightly
Light the song with sense of colour
Hold away despair
More than this I will not ask
Faced with mysteries dark and vast
Statements just seem vain at last
Some rise, some fall, some climb
To get to Terrapin

Counting stars by candlelight
All are dim but one is bright
The spiral light on Venus
Rising first and shining best
Oh, from the north-west corner
Of a brand new crescent moon
Where crickets and cicadas sing
A rare and different tune
Terrapin Station
In the shadow of the moon
Terrapin Station
And I know we'll be there soon

I can't figure out
If it's the end or beginning
But the train's put it brakes on
And the whistle is screaming

The Annotated "Lady With A Fan" & "Terrapin Station"