"Estimated Prophet" as written by Robert Hall Weir and John Barlow....
My time coming, anyday, don't worry about me, no
Been so long I felt this way, I'm in no hurry, no
Rainbows and down that highway where ocean breezes blow
My time coming, voices saying they tell me where to go.

Don't worry about me, nah nah nah, don't worry about me, no
And I'm in no hurry, nah nah nah, I know where to go.

California, preaching on the burning shore
California, I'll be knocking on the golden door
Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine.

My time coming, any day, don't worry about me, no
It's gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so
Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passin' slow
Still I know I lead the way, they tell me where I go.

Don't worry about me, no no no, don't worry about me, no
And I'm in no hurry, no no no, I know where to go.

California, a prophet on the burning shore
California, I'll be knocking on the golden door
Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine.

You've all been asleep, you would not believe me
Them voices tellin' me, you will soon receive me
Standin' on the beach, the sea will part before me
Fire wheel burning in the air!

You will follow me and we will ride to glory, way up, the middle of
The air!

And I'll call down thunder and speak the same and my work fills the
Sky with flame
And might and glory gonna be my name and men gonna light my way.

My time coming, any day, don't worry about me, no
It's gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so
Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passin' slow
My time coming, any day, don't worry about me, no

Don't worry about me, no no no, don't worry about me, no
And I'm in no hurry, no no no, don't worry about me, no.


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"Estimated Prophet" as written by Robert Hall Weir John Barlow

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    Song MeaningThis song is about people who interpret the Grateful Dead's music as divine and see themselves a "prophet" for said divinity. The Dead have (or at least had) a great many fans who take their music a bit too seriously. You could, perhaps, call them zealots. Members of the band were often a little freaked out by this crazy type of fan. Bob Weir and John Barlow decided to pen a song about it. However in typical Grateful Dead fashion the song is highly nuanced. So much so that most people who hear the song don't understand its meaning. This is great example of the way lyrics to Grateful Dead songs operate on such a sophisticated level. While lots of fans write songs about crazy fans the song meaning is rarely veiled.

    Lets contrast Weezer's 'Freak Me Out' which is somewhat thematically similar. Freak Me Out is not subtle. Even the title pretty much says all you need to know. Also, Freak Me Out is told from the point-of-view of the band. It is an ok song but is thematically rather shallow.

    Estimated Prophet, on the other hand, expresses itself through as religious rant through the eyes of the crazy fan. It is a brilliant and mostly misunderstood song.
    zombywoof33on March 18, 2015   Link
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    General CommentSorry man this song is not about somebody who is just laid back relaxed and groovin on life.Listen to it again
    This song is about people who have some sort of altered experience and decide that they are prophets of god.it's satire. a common sight at dead shows over the years have been people who trip out ,anbd decide the represent the deity- And I'll call down thunder and speak the same-my word fills the sky with flamemight and glory gonna be my naem ,and they'll light my way. Musically it's an intricate groove in 7 Pink Floyd did a song in 7 around the same time-Money,their first big hit ,and the first hit in 7 .But they couldn't improvise in 7 the instrumental jam is in 6 then 4 ,The Dead can wail in complex odd meter.
    sambaon February 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis may possibly be my fav. dead song. He's layin the allegory on so thick, and the harmonies are awesome. Not to mention the background is so full of bass, it makes the song like rubber, amazing. I of course won't forget to mentions just how buttery Jerry's voice is. Beautiful song, lyrical arrange is perfect.
    heroinjesson February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBobby sang Estimated.
    gr8ful_kenon April 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the sof tguitar solos with this song. I wish "Terrapin Station" would be more popular. This is one of my fav. Grateful Dead songs.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, haven't worked out what every line means according to the central theme but I'd say it's just about how this guy is in no hurry to get wherever he's going and that whatever happens when he gets there won't bother him at all. "I'll be knocking on the golden door" makes me think that it's about him dying and he's not worried about it, he feels safe and he's going to enjoy life until his time comes, while everyone else is all worried.
    loser_1992on August 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's a great song that is not mentioned very much. But the guitar in this song is just great.
    Ummagumma69on March 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAbout a person who's been cast out from a group of people while they seek to have fun amongst themselves-because he stands out in a different sort of way. This person's quest in life is not driven by a quest for material things or popularity, but by things that make his soul feel good. This many times is not the case with the people in the world-not just the politicians and warmongers, but even everyday people who claim to be peaceful and free loving, but in reality are selective in who the choose to share their love with. "Don't worry about me": you guys are having fun now, but the "voices" (spirit of the earth-or god) seems to tell me that my path is the right one-and you soon find out that it is, long after I am gone-that's my estimation. The bridge: "calling down thunder" that is him in his anger (I'll have my revenge)-everyone feels this when they are rejected. California is metaphor; he has something that he is looking forward to in the near future (probably an actual trip to CA-if Bob actually wrote it). This guy realizes he is destined for great things in life-he's taking his time because there is a reason why he's here, and when it comes to realization, he's gonna shine-you'll see.
    jd0221on April 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentprobably my favorite song by the dead. i love the grooving around the "you've all been asleep, you would not believe me." i also love the allusion in this part to the book of exodus ("standin' on the beach, the sea will part before me.) i'm not a christian but i believe wisdom and good insights into life can be taken from the bible. for me the story of moses (baby in the basket, parting of the red sea) is just a way of "god" reassuring the faithful: if there's no way out of an impossible situation, "god" will create one for you.
    AKAtheREDon July 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAccording to Weir while on the road they would skip through the Bibles that were in hotel rooms. One night Garcia called Weir and told him to check out the books of Ezekiel and Daniel, they thought it was a reference to aliens visiting earth and other interesting strange things, so the song was wrote about that and people that would meet them after shows and share their spaced out trip experiences. Some of these people were so persistent it got annoying, so part of what Weir is singing is "I have heard it all before so please keep your mouth shut"

    There's a book about what each dead song means but I can't remember the name, that is my source for info, as well as interviews.
    jackstraw27on November 04, 2010   Link

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