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Best of Truckin'


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 Truckin'

5/3/72 - Olympia Theater, Paris, France - STREAM SBD

5/26/72 - The Strand Lyceum, London, England - STREAM SBD

12/31/72 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

3/24/73 - The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA - STREAM SBD

5/19/74 - Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR -STREAM SBD

6/16/74 - State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA - STREAM SBD

7/31/74 - Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT - STREAM SBD; AUD

11/6/77 - Broome County Arena, Binghamton, N.Y.- STREAM SBD; AUD

11/21/78 - Community War Memorial, Rochester, N.Y.- STREAM AUD

5/9/79 - Broome County Arena, Binghamton, N.Y.- STREAM AUD

Honorable Mention:

4/11/72 - City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England - STREAM SBD

6/20/74 - The Omni, Atlanta, GA - STREAM SBD

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

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

9/20/90 - Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.- STREAM SBD

Historically Significant:

8/18/70 - Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (first acoustic) - STREAM AUD

10/4/70 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (First Electric) - STREAM SBD

4/29/71 - Fillmore East, New York, N.Y. (Last Fillmore East) - STREAM AUD

9/15/73 - Providence Civic Center, Providence, R.I. (Horns) - STREAM AUD/SBD

9/28/75 - Lindley Meadows, Golden Gate Pk, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

9/3/77 - Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J. (Bustout) - STREAM SBD

1/8/78 - Golden Hall, Community Concourse, San Diego, CA (Jer’yngitis show) - STREAM SBD

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


Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia/Bob Weir/Phil Lesh

Truckin' got my chips cashed in
Keep truckin' like the doodah man
Together, more or less in line
Just keep truckin' on

Arrows of neon and flashing marquees out on Main Street
Chicago, New York, Detroit and its all the same street
Your typical city involved in a typical daydream
Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings

Dallas got a soft machine
Houston too close to New Orleans
New York got the ways and means
But just won't let you be

Most of the cats that you meet on the street speak of true love
Most of the time they're sitting and crying at home
One of these days they know they gotta get going
Out of the door and into the street all alone

Truckin' like the doodah man
Once told me gotta play your hand
Sometimes the cards ain't worth a dime
If you don't lay them down"

Sometimes the lights all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it's been

What in the world ever became of sweet Jane?
She lost her sparkle you know she isn't the same
Living on reds and vitamin C and cocaine
All her friends can say is ain't it a shame

Truckin' up to Buffalo
Been thinking you got to mellow slow
Takes time, you pick a place to go
Just keep truckin' on

Sitting and staring out of the hotel window
Got a tip they're gonna kick the door in again
Like to get some sleep before I travel
But if you got a warrant I guess you're gonna come in

Busted down on Bourbon Street
Set up like a bowling pin
Knocked down, it gets to wearing thin
They just won't let you be

You're sick of hanging around, you'd like to travel
Get tired of traveling you want to settle down
I guess they can't revoke your soul for trying
Get out of the door, light out and look all around

Sometimes the lights all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it's been

Truckin' I'm a going home
Whoa, whoa, baby, back where I belong
Back home, sit down and patch my bones
And get back truckin' on