He's Gone

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Rat in a drain ditch, caught on a limb
You know better, but I know him

Like I told you, like I said
Steal your face right off your head

Chorus
And now he's gone
Now he's gone, Lord he's gone
He's gone
Like a steam locomotive rolling down the track
He's gone, gone, and nothing's gonna bring him back
He's gone

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Hot as a pistol but cool inside

Cat on a tin roof, dogs in a pile
Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile

[chorus]

Going where the wind don't blow so strange
Maybe off on some high cold mountain range (note 1)
Lost one round but the price wasn't anything
A knife in the back and more of the same

Same old
Rat in a drain ditch, caught on a limb
You know better, but I know him

Like I told you, like I said
Steal your face right off your head

[chorus]

Ooh, nothing's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothing's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothing's gonna bring him back
[etc]
Notes
(1) the Hunter lyrics are "... mountain range" but it certainly sounds as if the Dead sing "... mountain chain." For what it's worth, it's "chain" in the sheet music in the Grateful Dead Anthology Vol 1.
(2) Hunter's manuscript includes some verses that never made it into the final version:
So long baby, rip it up today
Write me a letter when you mend your ways

Hanging on a meat hook, coolin' my heels
Sign no papers and make no deals

Take me to the kickshop, hang me up for poor
Just try to see you don't shame me no more
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     17 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     24 Apr 1972 Rockin' The Rhein (note 4)
     26 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     29 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      3 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      4 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      7 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     10 May 1972 Europe '72 (note 4)
     13 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     23 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     26 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     21 Jul 1972 Download Series Vol 10
     27 Aug 1972 Sunshine Daydream (CD only)
      3 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 36
     17 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 23
     21 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 36
     27 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 11
     17 Nov 1972 Dave's Picks Volume 11
     18 Nov 1972 Houston, Texas 11-18-1972
     28 Feb 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 28
      2 Dec 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 14
     19 Dec 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 1
     29 Jul 1974 Dave's Picks Volume 2 (Bonus disc)
      5 Aug 1974 Dick's Picks Vol 31
     17 Oct 1974 Grateful Dead Movie (CD only)
     19 Oct 1974 Grateful Dead Movie (CD only)
     21 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 29
     25 May 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 1
      7 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
      3 Sep 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 15
      5 Nov 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 34
     19 Apr 1978 30 Days Of The Dead (2011)
     21 Oct 1978 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 4 ("From Egypt With Love") (bonus disc)
      9 Nov 1979 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 1
     26 Dec 1979 Dick's Picks Vol 5
      6 May 1980 Road Trips Volume 3, Number 4
      3 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
     30 Oct 1980 Dead Ahead (DVD)
      6 May 1981 Dick's Picks Vol 13
     18 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     16 Sep 1990 Dick's Picks Vol 9
      1 Nov 1985 Dick's Picks Vol 21
     26 Mar 1987 30 Days Of The Dead (2010)
     21 Mar 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
      2 Apr 1990 Spring 1990
      6 Jul 1990 View From The Vault (DVD & CD soundtrack)
     20 Jun 1991 Download Series Vol 11

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Bob Weir Solo Acoustic Live!
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2000 Crazy Fingers The Grass Is Dead
     2000 Might As Well The Persuasions (note 5)
     2003 Undone Randy Midwood
     2007 Blue Light Cheap Hotel Wake The Dead
     2013 Keys Keller Willams
     2013 Move Me Brightly Bob Weir et al (DVD)
     2013 Follow The Sound The Unseen Strangers
Notes
(3) the track listing on the cover of the Grateful Dead Movie includes "He's Gone," but that seems to be a mistake - it's not on the video.
(4) also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
(5) re-released in 2011 on "Persuasions of the Dead"


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)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)

 


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