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The Grateful Dead Play The Beatles

The Grateful Dead played at least 14 songs written by George Harrison, John Lennon or Paul McCartney during their 30 year performing career. Two additional songs were possibly performed but their existence is recorded on paper rather than tape. One John Lennon song was soundchecked but not performed live. Only 5 of the songs were performed 10 or more times by the Grateful Dead. Furthur, The Dead, Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends and various Jerry Garcia bands all performed a number of Beatle songs and, in some cases, continue to do so.

This page documents the 47 Beatles related songs played by the Grateful Dead and associated groups.

Across The Universe

Across The Universe was played by Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released on a benefit album in 1969 and then on the Let It Be LP in 1970.

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Any Road

Any Road was played by Phil Lesh & Friends and by Furthur.

The song was originally released on the George Harrison album Brainwashed in 2002.

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Because

Because was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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Behind That Locked Door

Behind That Locked Door was played by Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released on the All Things Must Pass album in 1970.

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Blackbird

Blackbird was performed twice by the Grateful Dead in 1988. The song was also performed by The Dead, the Other Ones, Ratdog, Weir/Wasserman, Scaring The Children and the Weir / Robinson / Greene Trio.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the White Album in 1968.

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Carry That Weight

Carry That Weight was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.

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Come Together

Come Together was performed by the Garcia/Saunders band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Ratdog, The Dead and Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on a single and on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.

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Day Tripper

Day Tripper was performed by the Grateful Dead in the mid-1980's.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on a single in 1965.

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Dear Prudence

The Grateful Dead played a jam based on Dear Prudence in 1982 but did not play the song with vocals. The Jerry Garcia Band played Dear Prudence nearly 200 time between 1979 and 1995. The song was also performed by Reconstruction, Furthur, Ratdog, Scaring The Children and the Weir / Robinson / Greene Trio.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the White Album in 1968.

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Dig A Pony

Dig A Pony was performed by Phil Lesh & Friends in 2012.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Let It Be LP in 1970.

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Don't Let Me Down

Don't Let Me Down was performed by Phil Lesh & Friends.

Don't Let Me Down was recorded by the Beatles during the sessions that finally resulted in the Let It Be album though the song was not included on the released album. Don't Let Me Down was originally released by the Beatles as the B-side of the Get Back single in 1969.


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Eleanor Rigby

Eleanor Rigby was performed by the Jerry Garcia Band in 1980 and by Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on a single and on the Revolver album in 1969.

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The End

The End was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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Get Back

Get Back was performed once by the Grateful Dead in 1987. It has subsequently been performed a number of times by Furthur and by Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on a single in 1969 and then on the Let It Be LP in 1970.

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Golden Slumbers

Golden Slumbers was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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Good Day Sunshine

Good Day Sunshine was possibly performed once by the Grateful Dead but no recording of the performance exists.

The song was originally released on the Revolver LP in 1966.

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Her Majesty

Her Majesty was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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Hey Jude

Hey Jude was performed twice by the Grateful Dead in 1969 and about 30 times in the 1985-1990 period. It has subsequently been performed a number of times by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on a single in 1968.

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I Am The Walrus

I Am The Walrus was performed by Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released by the Beatles as the B-side of a single in 1967 and was included on the Magical Mystery Tour LP and EP.

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I Saw Her Standing There

I Saw Her Standing There was recorded by the Jerry Garcia Band and performed by Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Please, Please Me album in the UK in 1963.

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I Want To Tell You

I Want To Tell You was performed a few times by the Grateful Dead in 1994. The song was also performed about a dozen times by the Jerry Garcia Band.

The song was originally released on the Beatles LP Revolver in 1966.

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I Want You (She's So Heavy)

I Want You (She's So Heavy) was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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I've Just Seen A Face

I've Just Seen A Face appears on a written setlist of a 1969 Grateful Dead show but no recording of the performance exists.

The song was originally released in 1965 on the Help! LP in the UK and on the Rubber Soul LP in the US.

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Imagine

Imagine was performed by the Garcia / Saunders group, The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released by John Lennon in 1971 as a single and on the Imagine album.

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It's All Too Much

It's All Too Much was performed a few times by the Grateful Dead in 1995. The song was also performed by Phil Lesh & Friends and Ratdog.

The song was originally released in the Yellow Submarine movie.

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Let Me Roll It

Let Me Roll It was performed by the Jerry Garcia Band in the 1977 to 1978 period.

The song was originally released on the Band On The Run LP in 1973.

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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds was performed a dozen times by the Grateful Dead in 1993-94. The song was also performed by Phil Lesh & Friends and The Dead.

The song was originally released on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP in 1967.

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Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Maxwell's Silver Hammer was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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Mean Mr. Mustard

Mean Mr. Mustard was performed by Phil Lesh & Friends and Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.

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Mother Nature's Son

Mother Nature's Son was noodled during tuning by the Jerry Garcia Band in 1975 but was not performed in full.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the White Album in 1968.

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Octopus's Garden

Octopus's Garden was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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Oh Darling

Oh Darling was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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Paperback Writer

Paperback Writer was performed by the Grateful Dead during a soundcheck in 1995. They did not perform the song during a show.

The song was originally released on a Beatles single in 1966.

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Rain

Rain was performed by the Grateful Dead during the 1992 to 1994 period.

The song was originally released as the B-side of the Paperback Writer single in 1966.

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Revolution

The Grateful Dead performed Revolution about a dozen times mainly in the 1983 to 1985 period. The song has also been been performed by The Dead, Furthur and Ratdog.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on a single in 1968 a second, slower version, was released on the White Album.

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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.


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She Said, She Said

She Said, She Said was performed by The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Revolver LP in 1966.

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Something

Something was performed by the Garcia/Saunders band and Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on a single and on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever was performed by the Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dead and Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on a single and then on the Magical Mystery Tour LP (in the US) in 1967.

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Sun King

Sun King was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.

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That Would Be Something

That Would Be Something was performed by the Grateful Dead in the 1990s.

The song was originally released on the Paul McCartney LP McCartney in 1970.

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Tomorrow Never Knows

Tomorrow Never Knows was performed by the Grateful Dead in the 1992-1994 period. The song was also performed by The Dead, the Other Ones, Ratdog and Phil Lesh & Friends

The song was originally released on the Beatles LP Revolver in 1966.

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Watching The Wheels

Watching The Wheels was performed by the Grateful Dead during a soundcheck in 1995. They did not perform the song during a show.

The song was originally released on John Lennon's Double Fantasy album.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

While My Guitar Gently Weeps was performed by Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the White Album in 1968.


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Why Don't We Do It In The Road

Why Don't We Do It In The Road was performed by the Grateful Dead during the 1984 to 1986 period. The song was also performed by The Dead, Furthur and Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the White Album in 1968.

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You Never Give Me Your Money

You Never Give Me Your Money was performed by Furthur.

The song was originally released by the Beatles on the Abbey Road LP in 1969.

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You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away was played by Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released in 1965 on the Help! LP.

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Last updated October 2012