Music: Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Kreutzmann, K Godchaux

An instrumental nearly always forming the transition between Help On The Way and Franklin's Tower. It grew out of a jam that featured in 1974 performances of "Eyes Of The World" (thanks to Mike Scheier for pointing this out). The title may have come from a fragment of lyric that Hunter wrote for "Help On The Way" that was never used:

Beautiful lie
You can pray
You can pay
Till you're buried alive

Blackmailer blues
Everyone in the room
Owns a part of the noose
Slipknot gig
Slipknot gig
Slipknot gig

Did someone say
Help on the way
Well, I know
Yeah, I do
That there's help on the way
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     studio 1975 Blues For Allah
     13 Aug 1975 One From The Vault
     28 Sep 1975 30 Trips Around The Sun
     17 Jun 1976 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
     24 Sep 1976 Dave's Picks Vol 4 (note 2)
      9 Oct 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 33
     31 Dec 1976 Live At The Cow Palace
      9 May 1977 May 1977: Get Shown The Light Box
     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
      1 Apr 1984 30 Days Of The Dead (2014)
      8 Oct 1989 Warlocks Box
     22 Oct 1989 30 Days Of The Dead (2017)
     24 Mar 1990 Spring 1990
     30 Mar 1990 Without A Net (note 1)
     24 Mar 1991 30 Days Of The Dead (2016)
      5 May 1991 30 Days Of The Dead (2010)
     14 Jun 1991 View From The Vault II (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)
     10 Sep 1991 30 Trips Around The Sun
     25 Sep 1991 Dick's Picks Vol 17
      1 Oct 1994 30 Trips Around The Sun
      3 Jul 2015 Fare Thee Well (CD and DVD)
Phil Lesh and Friends Recordings
     19 May 2006 Live At The Warfield
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1996 Blues For Allah Project Joe Gallant & Iluminati
     1997 Jake's Leg Jake's Leg
     1998 Blue Light Rain Jazz Is Dead
     2001 Live At The Green Mill Sabertooth
     2012 D'Eadphibians D'Amphibiand
     2015 Twangin' The Dead Matt Rae
     14 May 2015 Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia Billy & The Kids
     2016 Better Left Unsung Holly Bowling

(1) also on the box set Spring 1990
(2) also made available for download on 30 Days Of The Dead (2011)

Further 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 David Dodd's discussion of this song on see Greatest Stories Ever Told
For online chords and TAB see
For sheet music, see:
          Without A Net Songbook (piano arrangement)


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