Terrapin Transit

Lyrics: [none]
Music: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann

An instrumental part of the Terrapin Station Suite. The album does not show track splits, and it is not entirely clear which part of the suite should be identified as "Terrapin Transit."

Aaron Donovan's analysis suggests that it is the swooping Jerry Garcia guitar line immediately before the lyrics in At A Siding. However, the songbook "Grateful Dead Anthology" shows the music for "At A Siding" as including both the swooping guitar introduction and the part with lyrics. Todd Corey's analysis suggests that "Terrapin Transit" is the short instrumental portion just before "At A Siding," with tinkling glass and gongs (from 8:43 to 9:20).

It was only played live once by the Dead, on 18 March 1977, along with an instrumental version of "At A Siding" and a short attempt at Terrapin Flyer - the three are often listed as "Alhambra" on track lists.

Ratdog have recently begun playing the full "Terrapin Transit">"At A Siding">"Terrapin Flyer" sequence.

Grateful DeadRecordings
     Date Album
     1977 Terrapin Station

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Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1996 Play Terrapin Station The Mudkats
     1999 Terrapin Joe Gallant & Illuminati (note 1)
Notes
(1) Listed as "At A Siding - Orchestra" on the album.

 


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