"Deal" as written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter....
Since it costs a lot to win, and even more to lose,
You and me bound to spend some time wondering what to choose.
Goes to show, you don't ever know,
Watch each card you play and play it slow,
Wait until that deal come round,
Don't you let that deal go down, no, no.

I been gambling hereabouts for ten good solid years,
If I told you all that went down it would burn off both of your ears.
Goes to show you don't ever know
Watch each card you play and play it slow,
Wait until that deal come round,
Don't you let that deal go down, no, no.

Since you poured the wine for me and tightened up my shoes,
I hate to leave you sitting there, composing lonesome blues.
Goes to show you don't ever know
Watch each card you play and play it slow,
Wait until that deal come round, don't you let that deal go down.

Wait until that deal come round, don't you let that deal go down,
Wait until that deal come round, don't you let that deal go down,
Don't you let that deal go down, don't you let that deal go down.


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"Deal" as written by Bob Weir Robert Hunter

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    General CommentOut on tour, and running hot, you knew what this song meant.

    Jerry always spoke straight.

    Either way it goes for you out here, you will pay a price, so think before you act...

    Jerry had been gamblin there, for more than ten good solid years, more like 30... and yes, if anyone could here every story, it would burn off both their ears.

    He says, since you poured the wine for me..... Hate to see you singin lonesome (prison) blues.

    Asking us to please be safe and smart. Watch each card you play, and please children... Play it slow!!

    You and me gotta spend some time!
    harmony7777on September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe, it could deal with cards and doing some gambling, I think he might of wrote this while playing cards with the other members
    PFVeraon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRobert Hunter was big on western outlaw and gambler themes... and I think that harmony hit the connotations on the head...
    jimmyjackjoneson March 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI feel this to be about making careful decisions that don't result in a win or a loss for anyone, because a win for you is another man's loss. Such is the nature of gambling, you have to value yourself more than someone else in order to feel good about taking their money. I doubt this is an anti-gambling tune, but the first line "it costs a lot to win and even more to lose" speaks a lot to this negative view of gambling, but the tip to "watch each card you play" certainly doesn't discourage gambling.
    shwaggaon April 03, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationallmusic.com/song/deal-mt0003692033/…

    This is a funny song... i like how the grateful dead has songs that reference old country or folk or blues songs, with their own lyrics in place. It always seems like double entendre, but also like sage advice.
    C_Edward_Con January 04, 2014   Link

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