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The Greatest Story Ever told
    #4555438 - 08/19/05 02:53 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

:scaryshroom:

"Greatest Story Ever Told"
Words by Robert Hunter; music by Bob Weir
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    Moses came riding up on a guitar
    His spurs were a-jingling, the door was ajar
    His buckle was silver, his manner was bold
    I asked him to come on in out of the cold
    His brain was boiling, his reason was spent
    He said if nothing was borrowed then nothing was lent
    I asked him for mercy, he gave me a gun
    Said Now n'again these things just got to be done

    Abraham and Isaac
    sitting on a fence
    You'd get right to work
    if you had any sense
    Y'know the one thing we need
    is a left-hand monkey wrench

    Gideon come in with his eyes on the floor
    Says: Y'ain't got a hinge, you can't close the door
    Moses stood up a full six foot ten
    Says: You can't close the door when the wall's caved in
    I asked him for water, he poured me some wine
    We finished the bottle then broke into mine
    You get what you come for, you're ready to go
    It's one in ten thousand just come for the show

    Abraham and Isaac
    Digging on a well
    Mama come quick
    with the water witch spell
    Cool clear water
    where you can't never tell
--

No Not that story, but the news that David Dodds Annotated Grateful dead web page will be sold has a hardcover book coming this fall:

:scaryshroom:
Annoucning the print publication of The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics, in October 2005. You can pre-order now, and support the Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics website.
($23.10)

in case you never been to the website check it out:

http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/

They have annoatated lyrics, and thematic eassays.
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For example here is the rest of the song above
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"Greatest Story Ever Told"
Recorded on

    * Ace
    * Rolling Thunder, as "The Pump Song"
    * Dead Set
    * Dick's Pick's, vol. 6

According to Hunter's note in Box of Rain,

    "Also known as "Pumpman" and "Moses"--I wrote this to the rhythm of the pump in Mickey Hart's well."

First performed February 18, 1971 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, N.Y. Other firsts in the show included "Bertha," "Johnny B. Goode," "Loser," "Playin' in the Band," and "Wharf Rat."

Also the title of a 1965 film, produced and directed by George Stevens, about the life of Jesus. Based on a book of the same title by Fulton Oursler.

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Moses

A reference to the biblical figure, also alluded to in "Estimated Prophet", by John Perry Barlow.

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guitar
Hunter notes, in Box of Rain:

    "Bob Weir...sings quasar rather than guitar."

This note from a reader:

    Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 8:16 PM
    Subject: Greatest Story ever told

    greetings,

    I love your site, and i visit it all the time.

    Just one very minor point: in the listing for "Greatest Story Ever Told," you point out that "Hunter notes in BOX OF RAIN: 'Bob Weir sings QUASAR rather than GUITAR.'" (referring to the line "moses came riding up on a guitar")

    However, when the song was first sung with the Dead, Weir actually does say "GUITAR" rather than "QUASAR." The very first performance of the song was in Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on February 18, 1971. I do not know when he actually started saying "quasar."

    Again, great site... keep it up!

    [name withheld by request]

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Left-hand monkey wrench
Richard McKenna's book, The Left-Handed Monkey Wrench (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1984), explains that the left-handed monkey wrench is an item every novice sailor is sent to fetch, as an initiation.

This is what's known in the folklore trade as a "fool's errand." Here's a list of similar tools which a new apprentice or recruit may be sent to find: (from Eric Partridge's A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, p. 1381.)

    * Carpenters': crooked straight-edge, round square, rubber hammer for glass nails or flannel hammer.
    * Storemen could often do with a wall-stretcher.
    * Painters': red, white, and blue paint.
    * Printers': cubic type
    * Nautical: galley down-haul, key of the starboard watch.
    * Miscellaneous: left-handed spanner, horse-ladder, yard-wide pack-thread.

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Gideon
Jewish tribal leader, ca. 12th century B.C.E. His story is to be found in Judges, Chapters 6-8. He is

    "remembered for mobilizing a force which at last put an end to annual raids at harvest time..." and "also remembered for having an exceptional penchant for oracle-seeking and divinatory inquiry..." (Anchor Bible Dictionary)

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asked him for water...

Compare the line in the "Cool Drink of Water Blues":

    "Well, I asked for water and
    She gave me gasoline." (Oakley: The Devil's Music, p. 156)

And this note from a reader:

    Steven Doellefeld wrote:

    Hello David -

    I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am to find your site!

    I've been reading over some of the lyrics, and I think I have an annotation to add in "Greatest Story Ever Told"

    I suspect that, in staying with the tonal quality of the rest of the song, the reference "asked him for water he poured me some wine" is not, related to the soug you suggest (Compare the line in the "Cool Drink of Water Blues": "Well, I asked for water and She gave me gasoline." (Oakley: The Devil's Music, p. 156) ).

    Rather, I'd postulate that it's much simpler than that - another biblical reference. - Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine. Then again, maybe I'm full of it!

    Cheers,

    Steven

Another note:

    From: Patrick Donnelly [mailto:smilnoncloudyday@hotmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 9:27 AM
    Subject: AGDL: Greatest Story Ever Told

    Hi David,

    I know everyone begins their submissions with this, but I wholeheartedly agree: Your site is an invaluable and fantastic resource! Thanks for all the hard work!

    I was reading through the Greatest Story Ever Told entry, and another reader had mentioned that Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine, a possible interpretation of the line "I asked him for water, he poured me some wine". However I would think that it is related to a different passage in the bible. When Jesus was hanging from the cross, he asked the Roman guards for a drink of water. Instead, they filled a sponge with old wine (vinegar) and put it to his lips. This might be something your readers would be interested in.

    Keep up the good work! Peace

    -Patrick Donnelly
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Cool clear water
This note from a reader:

    From: clifford stephens [mailto:cliffrojousa@netscape.net]
    Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 8:49 AM
    Subject: Greatest Story ever told

    Love your site.

    I married a farm girl who listens to C&W. (Go figure) But was listening to some of her Marty Robbins (El Paso, Big Iron) stuff the other day and the song "Cool Water" and the last line in his song is "Cool clear water" repeated twice.

    Keep up the great work!
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keywords: @bible, @water, @wine
DeadBase code: [GREA] First posted: March 23, 1995
Last revised: November 27, 2002
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Re: The Greatest Story Ever told [Re: C20H25N3O]
    #4555464 - 08/19/05 03:04 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

awesome!

i love that site...im gonna have to pick up that book!


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Love like you never been hurt.

Dance like nobody is watching.


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Re: The Greatest Story Ever told [Re: C20H25N3O]
    #4555475 - 08/19/05 03:09 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Both me, and my co-author on 7 published shroom papers, Dr. Mark D. Merlin of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, were both extras in the movie, "the Greatest Story Ever told." It was filmed partially at Desilu Studios in Culver City, California in 1962. WE worked as both Jews and Roman soldiers with Max von Sydow, Van Heflin and Sal Mineo on the set where we filmed and many other actors in and out of the set.

It was where I found my very first marijuana.

I had been out of cigarettes for a few days and was bumming smokes from evryone. I noticed a pack of Pall mall's ont he ground of the set and I took them home that morning after filming all night. So many extras failed to show up on the 2nd and 3 day of filming and so we had to double as Jews byu putting togas over out fiberglass Roman unirorms.

I also ran into a grade school frined form Illinois ont he set. He didtch the movie and was wall climbing. He would come in. Turn in his vouocher and then climb the wall and go somewher else.

Anyway, I took the Pall Mall pack home and opened it as it was bent down in the top corner of the pack. Inside were about a dozen home rolled fags. I smoked about six puffs and that was my first high on pot.

At first i thought they were like bull durham or bugglet, but nce the effects hit me I wanted more.

God, do I love pot.

have a shroomy day.

mj

But then that is a tale for another day.

mj

Just a bit of trivia when I saw the title of this post.


Edited by mjshroomer (08/19/05 03:16 PM)


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Re: The Greatest Story Ever told [Re: mjshroomer]
    #4637538 - 09/09/05 01:08 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

that sounds like a good time mjshroomer. But I must tell you I would never of discoverd pot if i was that guy. I don't smoke ciggeretes, and I would only wish somebody would be that free with joints, besides me of course.


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Calico Kahlia come tell me the news
Calamity's waiting for a way to get to her
Rosy red and electric blue
I bought you a paddle for your paper canoe

Say you'll come back when you can
Whenever your airplane happens to land
Maybe I'll be back here too
It all depends on what's with you


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