If I Had The World To Give

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

If I had the world to give
I'd give it to you, long as you live
Would you let it fall
Or hold it all in your arms?

If I had a song to sing
I'd sing it to you, long as you live
Lullaby
Or maybe a plain serenade
Wouldn't you laugh, dance and cry or be afraid
At the change you made?

I may not have the world to give to you
But maybe I have a tune or two
Only if you let me be your world
Could I ever give this world to you
Could I ever give this world to you

But I will give what love I have to give
I will give what love I have to give
I will give what love I have to give
Long as I live

If I had a star to give
I'd give it to you, long as you live
Would you have the time
To watch it shine, watch it shine?
Or ask for the moon and heaven too?
I'd give it to you

Maybe I've got no star to spare
Or anything fine or even rare
Only if you let me be your world
Would I ever give this world to you (note 1)
Could I ever give this world to you
When the song was being developed, it had another verse, starting:
If I had a golden chime
And made it sing, in perfect rhyme
I believe this circulates as a studio outtake from the Shakedown Street sessions, but it's not on the outtake I have. If anyone has the full lyrics, I'd be very grateful.

Notes
(1) Jerry sings "Could I ..." here, though the Hunter lyric is "Would I ...". (Thanks to Larry Bingo for pointing this out)

Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1978 Shakedown Street
     21 Oct 1978 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 4 ("From Egypt With Love") (bonus disc)
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1997 Fire On The Mountain Vol 2 Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead (Ras Michael And The Sons Of Regus)
     2003 Grateful Guitar David Cullen
      2007 Dead Symphony Lee Johnson