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Days Between
Composer: Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter

Days Between was first performed by the Grateful Dead in February 1993. It was played regularly through to June 1995. The song was performed over 40 times.


Grateful Dead

info So Many Roads (1965-1995), 1999

The Dead

info Morrison, CO, July 6, 2003
info Ft Lauderdale, FL, July 29, 2003
info Darien Center, NY, August 8, 2003
info Mountain View, CA, September 19, 2003
info Morrison, CO, June 15, 2004
info Detroit, MI, July 27, 2004
info Holmdel, NJ, August 10, 2004
info Dead '09: Worcester, MA April 18, 2009
info Dead '09: E. Rutherford, NJ, April 29, 2009
info Dead '09: Quincy, WA, May 16, 2009

Furthur

info Dec 8, 2009, New York, NY, 2009
info Feb 12, 2010, Hampton, VA, 2010
info Feb 23, 2010, New York, NY, 2010
info Mar 8, 2010, Portland, OR, 2010
info July 4, 2010, Oxford, ME
info July 10, 2010, Philadelphia, PA
info September 20, 2010, Santa Barbara, CA
info September 26, 2010, Morrison, CO
info November 14, 2010, Cincinnati, OH
info March 8, 2011, Wallingford, CT
info March 27, 2011, New York, NY
info July 29, 2011, Simpsonville, SC
info Oct 5, 2011, Los Angeles, CA
info Nov 10, 2011, New York, NY
info April 14, 2012, New York, NY
info July 11, 2012, Cary, NC
info July 18, 2012, Rochester Hills, MI
info September 29, 2012, Troutdale, OR
info December 30, 2012, San Francisco, CA
info January 18, 2013, Mill Valley, CA
info February 24, 2013, Broomfield, CO
info April 21, 2013, Port Chester, NY
info April 27, 2013, Atlantic CIty, NJ
info Sept 6, 2013, Arrington, VA
info Sept 19, 2013, Morrison, CO
info Sept 28, 2013, Berkeley, CA
info Oct 6, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Ratdog

info Albany, NY, November 3, 2007
info Orlando FL, November 16, 2007
info Royal Oak, MI, March 28, 2008
info New York, NY, April 5, 2008
info Quincy, CA, July 5, 2008
info Holmdel, NJ, August 15, 2008
info Atlantic City, NJ, July 11, 2009
info Bridgeport, CT, July 25, 2009
info New York, NY, October 23, 2009

Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio

info May 30, 2012, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, 2012
info June 4, 2012, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO, 2012

Other Dead related

info Move Me Brightly performance/documentary, 2013

Other recordings

info 20 Of Solitude, Grass Is Dead, 2004

 
Genesis of the song

This was the last song written together by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia. The song looks back to the days and attitudes of the formative period (1960/61) in their lives that eventually gave rise to the Grateful Dead;

There were days
There were days
And there were days I know
When all we ever wanted
Was to learn and love and grow
Hunter discussed the genesis of the song in an interview;
I wrote a verse while Jerry was working out something on piano. I gave it to him, he said he liked the rhyme scheme and idea, and began working out the melody. As he was doing that I wrote the rest of the verses. An hour's work.
In an interview in 1993 Garcia referred to Days Between whilst talking about working with Hunter;
... I feel like I can discuss anything with Hunter, any idea, without any difficulty at all. And we are both very comfortable with each other on the level of changing stuff. Sometimes I insist that he do something over and over ..... One of the songs we wrote recently was The Days Between. I had an idea there - it had to do with the length of the phrases and how I wanted the phrases to work. I had a hard time communicating it. But with Hunter it's a matter of finding the key. I'll sort of scat sing the way I want it to work.
Later in the interview he discusses the repetition of words in the song;
The phantom thing was funny, because the first line went, When ships with phantom sails set to sea on phantom tides. I said that I wanted it to be 'When something ships with phantom sails set to sea on phantom tides. I want another two syllables.' So Hunter came up with a bunch of things, but then he said, 'What about phantom, use phantom again.' Yeah, right, When phantom ships with phantom sails set to sea on phantom tides. It worked perfectly. It has this ghostly, hollow quality - it's skeletal. So singing that song is like, ooh, it works for me. I get chills. It's that happy marriage of setting and sense. Hunter - he's so good at that. We're really hitting some nice spaces lately.
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