"All I know, she sang a little while and then flew on"

The Annotated "Bird Song"

An installment in The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics.
By David Dodd
Library, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
"Bird Song"
Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission.

All I know is something like a bird
within her sang
All I know she sang a little while
and then flew on

Tell me all that you know
I'll show you
Snow and rain

If you hear that same sweet song again
will you know why?
Anyone who sings a tune so sweet
is passing by

Laugh in the sunshine
cry in the dark
through the night

Don't cry now
Don't you cry
Don't you cry
in the stars
don't you cry
dry your eyes
on the wind

"Bird Song"

Recorded on

First performance: February 19, 1971, at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. "Bird Song" appeared in the third spot in the second set, following "Johnny B. Goode," and preceding "Easy Wind." Also premiered in the show was "Deal." The song remained in the repertoire steadily through September of 1973, then was dropped until September of 1980, after which it remained in steady rotation.

Hunter includes the dedication "...for Janis" with the lyric as it appears in Box of Rain. He also lists the title as "Birdsong" (all one word).

keywords: @snow, @rain, @bird, @music
DeadBase code: [BIRD]
First posted: January 20, 1996
Last revised: April 26, 1996