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Standing On The Moon
Composer: Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter

Standing On The Moon was first performed by the Grateful Dead on February 5, 1989. It was then played regularly through to the last performance of the song in June 1995. In total the song was played just over 50 times.

Robert Hunter commented on the creation of Standing On The Moon in an interview with Steve Silberman;

Standing On The Moon was one of those neat, sweet, quick things, like It Must Have Been The Roses, where the whole picture just came to me, and I grabbed a piece of paper and got it down. No changes, no nothin'. Out of the head of Zeus, full-born and clad in armor.
Jerry Garcia spoke about Standing On The Moon in an interview with Blair Jackson in 1989;

.... it's one of those thing where I don't know what it is I like about it, but there's something I like about it very much. It's an emotional reality; it isn't linguistics. It's something about that moment of the soul. To have those words coming out of my mouth puts me in a very specific place, and there's a certain authenticity there that I didn't want to disturb. By keeping it simple it allows what actually produced the song to be visible as possible to the listener, so just the song is there.


Grateful Dead

info Built To Last, 1989
info The Arista Years, 1996
info Downhill from Here (video), 1997
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 9, 1997
info View From The Vault, 2000
info View From The Vault (DVD), 2000
info Beyond Description, 2004
info Grateful Dead Download Vol 11, 6/20/91, 2006
info Crimson, White and Indigo, 2010
info Flashback With The Grateful Dead, 2011
info Spring 1990 (box set), 2012
info Spring 1990 (The Other One), 2014

Robert Hunter

info Morrison, CO, June 19, 2004
info Sacramento, CA, June 27, 2004
info Holmdel, NJ, August 10, 2004

The Dead

info Vernon, NY, June 29, 2003
info Somerset,WI, August 3, 2003
info George, WA, September 21, 2003
info San Diego, CA, June 23, 2004
info Boston, MA, July 31, 2004
info Wantagh, NY, August 14, 2004
info Dead '09: Charlottesville, VA, April 15, 2009
info Dead '09: Chicago, IL, May 4, 2009
info Dead '09: Mountain View, CA, May 14, 2009

Furthur

info Dec 30, 2009, San Francisco, CA
info Feb 14, 2010, Ithaca, NY
info Feb 26, 2010, Uncasville, CT
info May 28, 2010, Angels Camp, CA
info July 2, 2010, Columbus, OH
info July 30, 2010, Bridgeport, CT
info September 22, 2010, Las Vegas, NV
info November 12, 2010, Chicago, IL
info March 5, 2011, Boston, MA
info March 17, 2011, Fairfax, VA
info March 29, 2011, Binghamton, NY
info June 4, 2011, Mountain View, CA
info July 15, 2011, Masontown, WV
info July 31, 2011, Alpharetta, GA
info Oct 2, 2011, Morrison, CO
info Nov 13, 2011, Buffalo, NY
info Dec 29, 2011, San Francisco, CA
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info April 17, 2012, New York, NY
info July 5, 2012, Pawtucket, RI
info July 15, 2012, Bethel, NY
info September 21, 2012, Morrison, CO
info October 5, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
info December 29, 2012, San Francisco, CA
info February 23, 2013, Broomfield, CO
info April 19, 2013, Port Chester, NY
info July 14, 2013, Cooperstown, NY
info Sept 8, 2013, Arrington, VA
info Sept 21, 2013, Morrison, CO
info Oct 1, 2013, Las Vegas, NV

Ratdog

info Cleveland OH: October 31, 2003
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info Washington, DC, March 27, 2006
info Providence, RI, April 3, 2006
info Alpine, CA, June 26, 2006
info Philadelphia, PA, July 11, 2006
info Mariaville, NY, August 19, 2006
info Cleveland OH, October 24, Ratdog, 2006
info Westbury NY, November 1, 2006
info Atlanta GA, November 13, 2006
info Anaheim CA, February 13, 2007
info Concord NH, March 12, 2007
info Milwaukee WI, July 5, 2007
info Morrison CO, July 24, 2007
info Wantagh NY, August 21, 2007
info Hampton Beach NH, October 26, 2007
info Raleigh, NC, November 11, 2007
info St. Paul, MN, March 21, 2008
info Baltimore, MD, April 8, 2008
info Seattle, WA, June 21, 2008
info Hiram, ME, August 10, 2008
info Munhall, PA, November 1, 2008
info Clearwater, FL, November 18, 2008
info San Francisco, CA, December 31, 2008
info Negril, Jamaica, January 29, 2009
info Glen Allen, VA, July 8, 2009
info Denver, CO, August 31, 2009
info New York, NY, October 20, 2009
info Negril, Jamaica, January 26, 2010
info Upper Darby, PA, February 14, 2014
info Boston, MA, February 25, 2014
info Hunter Mountain, NY, June 6, 2014

Phil Lesh & Friends

info April 9, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014
info April 20, 2014, Las Vegas, NV, 2014

 
Other recordings

info Built To Grass (Grass Is Dead, Vol. 2), Grass Is Dead (Crazy Fingers), 2001
info Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares, Various Artists, 2005
info Bruce Hornsby Live: December 3, 2005, Williamsburg, VA, Bruce Hornsby, 2006
info Bruce Hornsby Live: August 9, 2008, Buffalo, NY, Bruce Hornsby, 2008
info Acoustic Sessions, Vol. 1, Real Eyes, 2009
info Songs of the Grateful Dead: A Tribute to Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Jesse McReynolds & Friends, 2010
info Bride Of The Noisemakers, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, 2011
info The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia, Various Artists, 2011
info Jerry Jams For Rex, Vol. Two, Various Artists (Bruce Hornsby), 2011

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