"Without love in the dream it will never come true"

The Annotated "Help on the Way"

An installment in The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics.
By David Dodd

"Help on the Way"
Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission

Paradise waits
on the crest of a wave
her angels in flame
She has no pain
Like a child, she is pure
She is not to blame

Poised for flight
Wings spread bright
Spring from night
into the sun

Don't stop to run
She can fly like a lie
She cannot be outdone

Tell me the cost
I can pay
Let me go
Tell me love is not lost
Sell everything
Without love, day to day,
insanity is king

I will pay
day by day
Lock, bolt and key
Crippled but free
I was blind
all the time
I was learning to see

Help on the way
I know only this
I've got you today
Don't fly away
'cause I love what I love
and I want it that way

I will stay
one more day
Like I say
Honey, it's you
Making it too
Without love in the dream
It will never come true

"Help on the Way"

Hunter has posted the manuscript for this song.

Musical details: (to come)

Recorded on

First performance: at the Bob Fried Memorial Boogie, June 17, 1975, at Winterland, San Francisco. "Help" appeared in the first set, following "Me and My Uncle," and preceding "Slipknot!" It was performed without its lyrics. Other firsts in the show included "Crazy Fingers" and "Franklin's Tower."

Lock, bolt, and key

Reminiscent of the expression "lock, stock and barrel." According to the Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins,
"The meaning of this phrase--the whole of anything--should be instantly apparent to any huntsman, for the lock, stock and barrel are the three parts of a firearm and together they make up the whole gun." (p. 218)

Keywords: @disability
DeadBase code: [HELP]
First posted: January 20, 1996
Revised: July 9, 2007