Might As Well
Composer: Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter

Might As Well was first performed live by the Grateful Dead on June 3, 1976. It was regularly played through 1976 but then performed only 5 times in 1977, not at all in 1978 and twice in 1979. The song returned to the repertoire in 1981 and was performed regularly through the first half of the 1980's. From 1986 onwards it was played a few times some years and not at all in others. The last performance was in March 1994. In total it was performed just over 100 times.

Robert Hunter comments on the origins of this song in Box Of Rain: Lyrics 1965 - 1993:

In the early seventies a train was leased for a trip across Canada, stopping in major cities to throw music festivals. On board were Delaney and Bonnie, Ian & Sylvia, The Band, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Charlesbois, the New Riders, and various other acts that boarded from time to time. Everyone agreed we had just about the best time of our collective lives in that week of non-stop music and partying. Nearing her last days, Janis, for one, wished aloud that the ride would never have to stop.

Grateful Dead

info Dick's Picks, Vol. 33, 2004
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 34, 2005
info Spirit of '76 bonus CD, 2006
info Road Trips: Vol 4, No. 4: Spectrum 4.6.82, 2011
info Dave's Picks Vol. 4: Williamsburg, VA, 9/24/76
info Giants Stadium 1987/1989/1991, 2019
info Saint Of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, 6/17/91, 2019
info Dave's Picks Vol 33: Dekalb, 10/29/77, 2020
info June 1976, 2020
info In and Out of the Garden: '81, '82, '83, 2022


info March 25, 2011, New York, NY
info July 21, 2011, Mansfield, MA
info Oct 2, 2013, Las Vegas, NV


info Ridgefield CT, April 25, 2005
info Baltimore, MD, November 2, 2005
info Atlanta, GA, November 15, 2005
info Danbury, CT, March 21, 2006
info Providence, RI, April 3, 2006
info Westbury NY, November 1, 2006
info Lowell MA, November 10, 2006
info Peekskill NY, March 6, 2007
info Springfield MA, March 15, 2007
info Lincoln RI, July 11, 2007
info Columbus OH, July 17, 2007
info Santa Fe NM, July 25, 2007
info Bristow VA, August 14, 2007
info Norfolk, VA, November 7, 2007
info Saratoga Springs, NY, August 19, 2008
info Westbury, NY, October 30, 2008
info Clearwater, FL, November 18, 2008
info New York, NY, October 23, 2009

Jerry Garcia

info Reflections, Jerry Garcia, 1976
info All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions, Jerry Garcia / Jerry Garcia Band, 2004
info The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia, Jerry Garcia, 2006
info Might As Well: A Round Records Retrospective, Jerry Garcia, 2023

Robert Hunter

info Holmdel, NJ, August 10, 2004

Other recordings

info Might as Well...The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead, The Persuasions, 2000
info Persuasions Of The Dead, The Persuasions & Friends, 2011
info A Grateful Dead NYE 19-20, Being Grateful, 2020

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