"Dark Star" as written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter....
Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes
Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis
Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?

Mirror shatters in formless reflections of matter
Glass hand dissolving in ice, petal flowers revolving
Lady in velvet recedes in the nights of good-bye
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?


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"Dark Star" as written by Michael S. Hart Jerome J. Garcia

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  • +2
    General CommentPeople say this (along with other GD songs) is just about drugs. This song is actually about a certain feeling of meaninglessness. When you feel like your whole life was totally wasted, and you notice it at one point.
    Shark Bait XXXon March 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe Robert Hunter wrote this line on an acid trip.
    "Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds"
    Its pretty much an acid trip if you ask me "Mirror shatters in formless reflections of matter.
    Glass hand dissolving to ice petal flowers"
    these thing only happen on acid.
    i do understand though people interpret songs differently but if any song is a trip it's Dark Star everyone knows that and frankly i cant believe there are not more posts about this song maybe that is because it is so obvious the meaning that is.
    peace and love and legalize marijuana dont just say it do it get out there take some signatures.
    lowlifeclownon January 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthough the song is notoriously reminiscent of drug-related imagery, it also describes what it would look like to see a dark star implode or crash into another object in space.
    the-albatrosson January 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit might not have anything to do with the song, but one of the many designs of blotter paper(paper soaked in LSD)is a dark star.
    bob_longon March 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written from the perspective of an acid trip. It's a metaphor for the cosmic forces which seem to control your life, and what causes us to perservere through our brief nihilistic existence. In the end, the nightfall of diamonds is exceedingly transitory but that takes nothing away from it's breathtaking beauty. If this song could be distilled into one emotion, it would be that of awe. The composition that was followed for this song drives the point home further, with a dramatic build up of energy which sometimes would explode with apocalyptic fury, and other times simply fade out, like a dying star.
    floppywoknoodleon May 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just bought my first GD album (live/dead) and this has got to be some of the longest and best guitar sex i've ever heard at just over 23 min.

    Does anybody else hear a phone ring or some shit at around like 14:45?
    CheeseSandwhichon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs is the case with many concepts we don't understand, it's all too easy just to dismiss this song as drug-induced and therefore nonsensical. I actually did a school project, so I researched this song in a lot of depth. (arts.ucsc.edu/Gdead/AGDL/…) This song is really more about the patterns of our lives; how most of the time we go about our business doing nothing much in particular, but then there are rare moments of bliss or happiness that make life worth living.

    A "dark star" is actually a star at the end of its life. It is an oxymoron: the brightest of objects, seen as the absence of brightness. This can represent out dull, "brightless" lives that are illuminated by the crashing of a dark star; again, one of those rare moments that makes life more livable.

    [feeling rather unmotivated now... to be continued if anyone actually wants to hear it]
    gumcounteron June 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about the loss of ego, and a sudden and awe filled access to a greater consciousness.
    MorayEelon October 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favourites,and i don't think it's about drugs either,i don't realy what is about,but i like the jazzy rythem of it.
    eshtaryuson December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a song where the lyrics don't really matter that much at all. The purpose of the song is for the band to stretch out live, a foundation to jam around.
    nooooooooon January 29, 2006   Link

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