Franklin's Tower

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann

In another time's forgotten space
Your eyes looked from your mother's face (note a)
Wildflower seed on the sand and stone
May the four winds blow you safely home

Chorus
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew
Roll away the dew

I'll tell you where the four winds dwell (note b)
In Franklin's tower there hangs a bell
It can ring, turn night to day
It can ring like fire when you lose your way

[chorus]

God save the child who rings that bell (note c)
It may have one good ring, baby, you can't tell (note d)
One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused, listen to the music play

[chorus]

Some come to laugh their past away
Some come to make it just one more day
Whichever way your pleasure tends
If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind

[chorus]

In Franklin's tower the four winds sleep (note e)
Like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep
Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again

[chorus]
[chorus]
[etc]
Notes
(a) Robert Hunter's lyrics in "Box Of Rain" are "Your eyes looked through your mother's face"
(b) the lyrics in "Box Of Rain" are "You ask me where the four winds dwell"
(c) the lyrics in "Box Of Rain" are "God help the child ..."
(d) the lyrics in "Box of Rain" are "It may have one good ring left ..."
(e) this is the lyrics in "Box Of Rain" and the studio recording, but Jerry mostly sang "I'll tell you where the four winds sleep." Thanks to Dan Franzen for pointing this out.

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1975 Blues For Allah
     13 Aug 1975 One From The Vault
      9 Jun 1976 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 5
     17 Jun 1976 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
     24 Sep 1976 Dave's Picks Vol 4 (note 5)
      9 Oct 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 33
     22 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 3
      9 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
     11 Oct 1977 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 2
      9 May 1978 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
      5 Nov 1979 Road Trips Full Show: Spectrum 11/5/79
      9 Nov 1979 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 1
     15 May 1980 Go To Nassau
      3 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
     25 Oct 1980 Dead Set (note 1)
     31 Oct 1980 Dead Ahead (video/DVD)
      8 Oct 1989 Warlocks Box
     24 Mar 1990 Spring 1990
     30 Mar 1990 Without A Net (note 4)
      5 May 1991 30 Days Of The Dead (2010)
     14 Jun 1991 View From The Vault II (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)
     25 Sep 1991 Dick's Picks Vol 17

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads
 
Phil Lesh and Friends Recordings
      5 Jun 1999 Love Will See You Through
     19 May 2006 Live At The Warfield

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Bob Weir Solo Acoustic Live!

Mickey Hart Downloads

Scaring The Children Downloads
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1985 Live '85 Robert Hunter
     1990 Box Of Rain Robert Hunter
     1990 Fast Food For Thought Henry Rollins and Wartime (note 2)
     1996 Fire On The Mountain Vol 1 Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead (Steel Pulse)
     1996 Blues For Allah Joe Gallant and Illuminati
     1996 Live Medicine Mighty Manatees Medicine Show
     1998 Blue Light Rain Jazz Is Dead
     1999 Tie-Die Yippie Ki Yay McEuen and Salazar
     1999 Meat Puppets Meat Puppets
     2001 Live At The Green Mill Sabertooth
     2005 Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Matt Angus Thing
     2005 Live At Berkner Hall Great Caesar's Ghost with G.E.Smith
     2006 One More Ride Great Caesar's Ghost
     2006 Trials And Tribulations In-Cog-Nito
     28 Mar 2009 Live, Beacon Theater Allman Brothers Band
     2010 Songs Of The Grateful Dead Jesse McReynolds
     2011 The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia Jesse McReynolds, David Nelson et al
     2012 Live At The 2012 Peach Music Festival Dark Star Orchestra
     1 Dec 2012 A Buckdancer's Choice Mickey Hart Band
     2013 Harpin' On The Dead Anela Lauren
     2013 Move Me Brightly Bob Weir et al (DVD)
Notes
(1) also on the compilations The Arista Years and The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead
(2) also on the compilation "Stolen Roses"
(3) versions of "Franklin's Tower" are on various of the Allman Brother's "Instant Live" CDs, and on String Cheese Incident "On The Road" releases.
(4) also on the box set Spring 1990
(5) also made available for download on 30 Days Of The Dead (2011)


Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For information on references in the lyrics see David Dodd's Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 1 (piano arrangement)
          Grateful Dead Songbook Volume 2 (piano arrangement)
          Without A Net Songbook (piano arrangement)
          Very Best Of The Grateful Dead (guitar TAB)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)

 


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