Brokedown Palace

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Fare you well, my honey
Fare you well, my only true one
All the birds that were singing
Are flown, except you alone

Gonna leave this brokedown palace
On my hands and my knees, I will roll, roll, roll
Make myself a bed by the waterside
In my time, in my time, I will roll, roll, roll

In a bed, in a bed
By the waterside I will lay my head
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul

River gonna take me, sing me sweet and sleepy
Sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home
It's a far gone lullaby sung many years ago
Mama, Mama, many worlds I've come since I first left home

Going home, going home
By the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul

Going to plant a weeping willow
On the bank's green edge it will grow, grow, grow
Singing a lullaby beside the water
Lovers come and go, the river will roll, roll, roll

Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Studio 1970 American Beauty
      6 Aug 1971 Road Trips Number 1, Volume 3 (bonus disc)
     24 Aug 1971 Dick's Picks Vol 35
     15 Nov 1971 Road Trips Number 3, Volume 2
      7 Dec 1971 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
     28 Mar 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 30
     11 Apr 1972 Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 (note 1)
     25 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     27 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 11
     10 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     21 Nov 1973 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 3
     10 Dec 1973 Download Series Vol 8
     11 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
      8 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
     14 Oct 1977 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 2
     26 Dec 1979 Dick's Picks Vol 5
      3 Sep 1980 Download Series Vol 7
      3 Oct 1980 Dead Set
      1 Apr 1988 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 2
     19 Mar 1990 Spring 1990
     26 Mar 1990 Dozin' At The Knick (note 2)
     20 Jun 1991 Download Series Vol 11
Notes
(1) also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
(2) also on the box set Spring 1990

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Robert Hunter Concert Recordings

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Bob Weir Solo Acoustic Live!

Mickey Hart Downloads
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1995 Eternity Blue Henry Kaiser
     1996 I Love Everything Will Hale
     1997 Wind River Crossing Keith Greeninger
     1998 Into The Now Into The Now
     2000 Reel Life, Vol 1 Wild Colonials
     2000 Dead Grass Vassar Clements
     2000 Might As Well The Persuasions (note 1)
     2001 Solo Acoustic David Gans
     2001 Gratefully Yours Jim Hudak
     2001 Built To Grass Grass Is Dead
     2002 Electronic Tribute To The Grateful Dead Various (Kinetika)
     2005 Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Mel Brody
     2005 The Art Of Virtue Adrienne Young & Little Sadie
     2006 Pretty Little Stranger Joan Osborne
     2008 Act Live Kate Lamont and Blueprintmusic
     2008 Before This Time Ollabelle
     2010 Erleichda Roy Scheider
     2012 Run For The Roses Tim Bluhm et al (Rex Foundation)
     2012 Double Down Dead EP Band Of Heathens
     2013 Keys Keller Willams
     2013 The Grateful EP Jackie Greene
     1 Dec 2012 A Buckdancer's Choice Mickey Hart Band
     2013 The Tri Sessions, Vol. 1 Fog

Notes
(1) 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 2 (piano arrangement)
          Grateful Dead Songbook Volume 1 (piano arrangement)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)

 


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