"It's nothing they can explain, It's like a diesel train..."

The Annotated "They Love Each Other"

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

Merry run around
sailing up and down
just looking for a shove
in some direction--
got it from the top
it's nothing you can stop
Lord, you know they
made a fine connection
They love each other
Lord, you can see it's true

He could pass his time
'round some other line
But you know he
chose this place beside her
Don't get in the way
there's nothing you can say,
Nothing thay you need
to add or do
They love each other
Lord, you can see it's true

It's nothing they explain
it's like a diesel train--
you better not be there
when it rolls over
And when that train rolls in
you don't know where it's been
You gotta try and see
a little further


Though you'll make a noise, just can't hear your voice.
All the dizzy ride on your cold shoulder

Won't you believe what I say is true?
Everything I did I heard it first from you.

Everything I tell you, I heard it first from you.
Heard your news report, you know you're falling short.
Pretty soon, we'll trust you for the weather.
When that ship comes in, you won't know where it's been.
You got to try to see a little farther.

"They Love Each Other"

Recorded on

First performance: February 9, 1973 at Roscoe Maples Pavilion, Stanford University. "They Love Each Other" apeared in the number four spot in the second set, following "Jack Straw" and preceding "Truckin'". Other firsts in the show:

Keywords: @train, @love
DeadBase code: TLEO
First posted: January 29,1995
Last revised: October 8, 1996