Eternity

Lyrics: Willie Dixon
Music: Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman

Played by Bob Weir with the Dead, Ratdog and Weir/Wasserman

I'm lookin' out my window
I watch the clouds go by
I look to see eternity
The endless rolling sky

You cannot think of eternity
Think of it like time
You try to think, you try to count
You just mess up your mind

Eternity, eternity
Honey, I love you, you love me
Let's love each other through eternity

Since before man could see
There was eternity
After man is come and gone
Eternity lingers on, eternity lingers on

Everything crawl, creep, or fly
Just live until they die
I love you, honey you love me
Let's love each other through eternity

Eternity, eternity
I love you, you love me
Let's love each other through eternity
Through eternity

Well I think about life, we don't know
Whether it all could be in vain
Look through time, it's for sure
It's the greatest gift to man

Music and Love, you can't explain
Try and understand
The greatest thing could ever be
We make love through eternity
Make love through eternity

When the world think our defeat
Think that we are gone
We'll still have our place of peace
Our love will linger on, linger on

We won't care just what who said
If it's truth or lie
We'll still have our greatest gift
Our love won't ever die
Love won't ever die
Love won't ever die
[etc]
Recordings
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     rehearsal 18 Feb 1993 So Many Roads (1965-1995)

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section
 
Bob Weir Recordings
      fall 1988 Weir/Wasserman: Live Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman
 
Other Recordings
     2010 Electric Willie: A Tribute To Willie Dixon Henry Kaiser et al
Background
Bob Weir told a nice story about the writing of this song in an interview with David Gans on "Dead To The World" on KPFA:
One of the reasons that Willie wanted to work with us is he wanted to sort of bust out of the blues bag. And he wanted to go into, you know, some more extended chord changes and stuff like that. And so we started working this thing up, and he liked it, and he started writing stuff. And by the time we had sort of fluffed up a verse and a chorus, musically, he handed me a sheet of paper. "Now, you go ahead and sing this." And I was reading it, and it was so simple, and I was thinking to myself, this is awful simple, this is really pretty simple-minded stuff. And it's really a great honor to be working with the legendary Willie Dixon and stuff like that, but you know, maybe he's gettin' old or something like that. Maybe he doesn't have the grip that he used to have, the edge that he used to have. And he was sitting back there, saying, "Go ahead and sing it now. You know, you play it and sing it, too." And so I figured, well, I gotta to that, you know. We're working with him. And so we started playin' it. And I read the lyrics off the page, and when I was done, I was transported somewhere else. I was speechless at what had just happened. Just the elegance of the statement that had just come through my lips. And he'd been watching me. You know, he's an old guy, he's seen me go through all these changes, he'd been watching me. And so, I'm sitting there with my mouth open and my eyes just sort of *wide* open, and he's just crackin' up. "Now you see, now that's the wisdom of the blues."

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

 


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