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Jerry Garcia — Deal
Album: Garcia
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6.9

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Total ratings: 783









Released: 1972
Length: 3:10
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Since it costs a lot to win, and even more to lose,
You and me bound to spend some time wond'rin' what to choose.
Goes to show, you don't ever know,
Watch each card you play and play it slow,
Wait until that deal come round,
Don't you let that deal go down, no, no.

I been gamblin' hereabouts for ten good solid years,
If I told you all that went down it would burn off both of your ears.
Goes to show you don't ever know
Watch each card you play and play it slow,
Wait until that deal come round,
Don't you let that deal go down, no, no.

Since you poured the wine for me and tightened up my shoes,
I hate to leave you sittin' there, composin' lonesome blues.
Goes to show you don't ever know
Watch each card you play and play it slow,
Wait until that deal come round, don't you let that deal go down.

Wait until that deal come round, don't you let that deal go down,
Wait until that deal come round, don't you let that deal go down,
Don't you let that deal go down, don't you let that deal go down.
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 Hinchsta wrote:

I prefer the original... 



Nope.
All this music sound the same but I'll admit he's better by himself!
Well it isn't the LP Giobbi remake. I much prefer the real Deal. 
I prefer the original... 
 bkrans9 wrote:


NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!


YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!
Dancin' in my chair with a big ol' grin on my face! One of my favorites!  
uh oh...

now we're all in a fine mess 
 k-man wrote:


RS does survey musicians when they do their "Best of" series--it's not just the editorial staff making up numbers. Check it out, you might be surprised.

Technically, Garcia might not be amongst the very best to strum six strings, but there are very few who can put emotion into the instrument they play as Jerry did. There's a scant number off folks who can bring me to tears of joy/sadness with the notes they pick. Many times over, Jerry, with and without the Dead, did just that for me.


Maybe Mariah Carey does that for you, and that's great. Find the joy where you can. ;-)

Very well put! Always been one of my favorites... one hellova banjo player ta boot!  
 RSF wrote:

Please play more GD. One of my favorite bands of all time. GD/Jerry's songs always make me feel good. Trying to get over my addiction to gdradio.net!



NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
Please play more GD. One of my favorite bands of all time. GD/Jerry's songs always make me feel good. Trying to get over my addiction to gdradio.net!
 ick wrote:
Pfft!  How is Rolling Stone the authority on guitar players?  Judge him by a group of his peers I say and see where he comes out on a list.
 

RS does survey musicians when they do their "Best of" series--it's not just the editorial staff making up numbers. Check it out, you might be surprised.

Technically, Garcia might not be amongst the very best to strum six strings, but there are very few who can put emotion into the instrument they play as Jerry did. There's a scant number off folks who can bring me to tears of joy/sadness with the notes they pick. Many times over, Jerry, with and without the Dead, did just that for me.


Maybe Mariah Carey does that for you, and that's great. Find the joy where you can. ;-)
You know....since you played this...I realize that you don't play much GD...which is one of the greaest American RnR bands ever.


So please consider playing more GD. They have songs for every day of the week!  
I have two very cool neckties designed by Jerry Garcia -- yes, THIS Jerry Garcia.
 ick wrote:

Pfft!  How is Rolling Stone the authority on guitar players?  Judge him by a group of his peers I say and see where he comes out on a list.

 
Yeah, he should definitely be in the top 10.
psd this crap

{#Dance}
 johnjconn wrote:
hummmm
your saying Dead is better dead than Dead alive?
interesting
 
Just wait until the Zombie Apocalypse, then you will see that the Dead are much better when they stay dead. 
Where did Garcia get that twang in his accent. Did he live in Tennessee for a while?
 thewiseking wrote:
actually like the Dead now way more than when they were alive
 
Some of them still are ya know — I'm going to see them next weekend! {#Bounce}
actually like the Dead now way more than when they were alive
Check out this song by the Jerry Garcia Band on the live double CD circa 1991.  It ain't GD.

 macadavy wrote:
I'm a deadhead myself, but I don't know why all the talk
about the Grateful Dead with respect to this song.
This is one of Jerry Garcia's solo albums without the Dead.
Great stuff, displaying Garcia's jugband, folk and country roots,
which influenced the Dead's sound, of course.
But this album is just Jerry: put that doob down & listen up, folks!
As for musicianship, commented on below, Jerry Garcia is ranked 13th
among the all time greatest guitarists according to Rolling Stone magazine.

 
Pfft!  How is Rolling Stone the authority on guitar players?  Judge him by a group of his peers I say and see where he comes out on a list.

 macadavy wrote:
I'm a deadhead myself, but I don't know why all the talk
about the Grateful Dead with respect to this song.
This is one of Jerry Garcia's solo albums without the Dead.
Great stuff, displaying Garcia's jugband, folk and country roots,
which influenced the Dead's sound, of course.
But this album is just Jerry: put that doob down & listen up, folks!
As for musicianship, commented on below, Jerry Garcia is ranked 13th
among the all time greatest guitarists according to Rolling Stone magazine.

 
{#Yes} {#Clap} {#Dance}
never heard a gd song I liked
 Just a classic tune from Jerry, and for all those who saw dozens of shows, a GD staple.
{#Cowboy}
 slartibart_O wrote:

 
Not appropriate to this song, but well played nonetheless...

 gatorade wrote:
Had so many good times at shows! Just do not understand how this song isn't rated better. Are you guys listening to it really? WE ARE EVERYWHERE!
 
here we go, 10.  It is Jerry after all.........

Had so many good times at shows! Just do not understand how this song isn't rated better. Are you guys listening to it really? WE ARE EVERYWHERE!
I laughed out loud when I saw this cover but having discovered it's from the early 70's, not early 80's, I'm mildly impressed - it's cheesy and cliched a dozen years ahead of it's time.
 aelfheld wrote:
<...> dead head or music lover.


I don't think the terms are interchangeable.
 

tsk, tsk! {#Moon}
<...> dead head or music lover.


I don't think the terms are interchangeable.


Not a bad song on this entire album. A must have to any dead head or music lover.
I'm a deadhead myself, but I don't know why all the talk about the Grateful Dead with respect to this song. This is one of Jerry Garcia's solo albums without the Dead. Great stuff, displaying Garcia's jugband, folk and country roots, which influenced the Dead's sound, of course. But this album is just Jerry: put that doob down & listen up, folks! As for musicianship, commented on below, Jerry Garcia is ranked 13th among the all time greatest guitarists according to Rolling Stone magazine.
wanderlust wrote:
NICE Intro into a really diverse LP... would LOVE to hear more from this one. "Sugaree"; "Spidergawd"; "To Lay Me Down"
A couple or more years later, my response is YES! I just listened to the album tonight. What has always has impressed me is the soaring pedal steel guitar solos. There are not very many examples of his work on this instrument (New Riders, CSN&Y Teach Your Children for two), but he did not play it in anything like a traditional way. There are several really good instances of this on the Garcia album.
hmmm... I think they were accomplished musicians...you must have partied too hard. The_Enemy wrote:
I only saw the Dead once. Half the experience is partying with tens of thousands of strangers in the parking lot. The other half is dancing with tens of thousands of strangers inside the stadium listening to the music. The Dead were good but not great musicians. However, their concerts were among the best parties ever. They get points just for that.
ahh...like the song ... not this version...any live version would be better.
milehighYinzer wrote:
How many of us Dead Heads are over there in Germany?
+1
slartibart_O wrote:
Nice!!!!
I only saw the Dead once. Half the experience is partying with tens of thousands of strangers in the parking lot. The other half is dancing with tens of thousands of strangers inside the stadium listening to the music. The Dead were good but not great musicians. However, their concerts were among the best parties ever. They get points just for that.
jbtidwell wrote:
I'm driving down 78 going from Athens to Atlanta to see the Dead at the Omni, its 2 weeks before the end of Spring Semester --- the windows are down, Jerry is blasting and I can't get to the lot fast enough! those were simple, good times
You can never travel too far to hear the Dead!
Great tune -- love the album cover..
brandog wrote:
Too late to see them live, there's no explaining it, otherwise
I saw them live once in 1976. It was horrible. They couldn't even tune their instruments. I had been playing guitar for about 2 years. I was disgusted and have loathed them ever since. My brother said it was because they were coming off a long break . The only decent thing for them to do would have been to apologize and offer everyone refunds but of course they didn't because they suck.
DJac wrote:
How 'bout passing through an invisible membrane into a plasma of some unknown origin that, in all actuality, is more truly like the way humans and this planet's groking order is supposed to be like... !!! And right now, there's only those of us that carry the seed, not the circumstance... Here's to all us DEAD HEADS!! May we each find a circumstance, and pass the seed... D'Jac
Classique.
plundis wrote:
I never understood why young and alternative types liked the Dead and Jerry so much... Maybe they just knew their shows were the best place to find their drugs... or maybe the best place to find other tripped out space folks.
You're the definition of ignorance.
afd wrote:
Too bad there's no 11 to top the already given 10
You only get one 11.
Too bad there's no 11 to top the already given 10
wanderlust wrote:
NICE Intro into a really diverse LP... would LOVE to hear more from this one. "Sugaree"; "Spidergawd"; "To Lay Me Down"
I agree!
nu-GFX wrote:
Jerry, we Dead Heads miss you... *sigh*
How many of us Dead Heads are over there in Germany?
a real beaut
Vince died today. RIP
WTF, a melody!
"Doncha let that wheel go round." That's how I heard it for years of Dead shows.
thrazzle wrote:
Watch each card you play and play it slow... (pimp)
YES!
Jerry, we Dead Heads miss you... *sigh*
ANNE_MARIE wrote:
stop trying...you're way off. it was all about family, fantastic music and love.
Mugro wrote:
I agree. It is like trying to explain the concept of the internet to a dog or a cat.
How 'bout passing through an invisible membrane into a plasma of some unknown origin that, in all actuality, is more truly like the way humans and this planet's groking order is supposed to be like... !!! And right now, there's only those of us that carry the seed, not the circumstance... Here's to all us DEAD HEADS!! May we each find a circumstance, and pass the seed... D'Jac
This Saturday here in San Francisco............. Jerry Garcia Amphitheater dedication and celebration McLaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, John F. Shelley Dr; www.jgamp.org. 11am-5pm, free. Rock legend Jerry Garcia is remembered and honored with an amphitheater named after him. Mayor Gavin Newsom, Wavy Gravy, Jefferson Starship and the Jefferson (Airplane) Family Galactic Reunion, Grapefruit Ed, Little Wheels Band, Mystery Cats, Michael John Ahern and Jerry Rigged, David Gans, and Ben Fong-Torres appear at this event.
I'm driving down 78 going from Athens to Atlanta to see the Dead at the Omni, its 2 weeks before the end of Spring Semester --- the windows are down, Jerry is blasting and I can't get to the lot fast enough! those were simple, good times
NICE Intro into a really diverse LP... would LOVE to hear more from this one. "Sugaree"; "Spidergawd"; "To Lay Me Down"
OK I am not a deadhead - will never be. But on a purely musical level, I will never understand how this band made it. I would rather hear white noise.
:sunny.gif:
to quote Ren Hoek; "I think I am going to be seek!"
madtowner11 wrote:
This is the same song Al Franken uses as the lead in for his liberal radio show on Air America. Therefore I love it.
Oh! So you're the guy that Al calls his "audience".....
ANNE_MARIE wrote:
stop trying...you're way off. it was all about family, fantastic music and love.
I agree. It is like trying to explain the concept of the internet to a dog or a cat.
This is the same song Al Franken uses as the lead in for his liberal radio show on Air America. Therefore I love it.
A great song sounds even better when it follows a significantly inferior composition. Guess I'll have to go home and play this song on my own guitar tonight....
Man, I played this record a lot. I still remember many a night as a teenager getting yelled at to turn this album down. ....that was a long way ago! Still like it....
ANNE_MARIE wrote:
stop trying...you're way off. it was all about family, fantastic music and love.
You said it Anne Marie. That's what it was and still is all about.
Gone but not forgotten-love ya Jerry!
Gimme the Dead Set version over this one any day... his voice sounds too clear and clean in this one, IMO. But I do like that slide guitar in the background.
jbwiv wrote:
Great song, great artist. Don't think this version does it much justice (Dead Set version is much better, for example), but this is still great. Thanks!
Another fan of the live album Dead Set. Agree with the above, but I like this too. I think it is from the recently released compilation of Jerry's solo work. You can find me in the old farts section.
joe1 wrote:
As bad as it gets!.... Slide geeeeetar?...how naff is that?..... Absolute shocker but I gave it a '2' because I felt sorry for the South.....
lame post alert.
plundis wrote:
I never understood why young and alternative types liked the Dead and Jerry so much... Maybe they just knew their shows were the best place to find their drugs... or maybe the best place to find other tripped out space folks.
Well, I don't care for The Dead, personally, but I am able to refrain from insulting those who do..........
I never understood why young and alternative types liked the Dead and Jerry so much... Maybe they just knew their shows were the best place to find their drugs... or maybe the best place to find other tripped out space folks.
As good as it gets
A few years ago, my friends and our families were vacationing at the Mt. Washington hotel in NH. All the menfolk decided to retire to this lovable, grungy basement crypt/bar and enjoy a few drinks. There was this local guy playing Dead tunes on his guitar and everyone was having a good time. Someone gets up to use the men\'s room and he passes by the beautiful people\'s lounge where there\'s a TV. He notices that Jerry Garcia had just died and he comes back into the bar and says \"too bad about Jerry\" to the guitarist. He didn\'t know! He looked like someone had shot his dog. I thought the guy was putting us on but then he started to cry! All that time we thought it was a tribute to Jerry. It was probably one of those \"moments\" in his life that he\'ll never forget (...where were you when...) and he had the news broken to him by a bunch of bozos who could have cared less about the whole scene. Wierd.
I don\'t think I\'ve ever listened to the pedal steel in this song before, very nice, excellent groove, Thanks RP! (pimp)
Watch each card you play and play it slow... (pimp)
Great song, great artist. Don't think this version does it much justice (Dead Set version is much better, for example), but this is still great. Thanks!
Nothin like Jerry. May he rest in peace.