"St. Stephen" as written by Robert C. Hunter, Jerome J. Garcia and Philip Lesh....
Saint Stephen with a rose, in and out of the garden he goes
Country garden in the wind and the rain
Wherever he goes the people all complain

Stephen prospered in his time, well he may and he may decline
Did it matter, does it now? Stephen would answer if he only knew how
Wishing well with a golden bell, bucket hanging clear to hell
Hell halfway twixt now and then
Stephen fill it up and lower down and lower down again

Lady finger, dipped in moonlight, writing "What for?" across the morning sky
Sunlight splatters, dawn with answer, darkness shrugs and bids the day goodbye

Speeding arrow, sharp and narrow
What a lot of fleeting matters you have spurned
Several seasons with their treasons
Wrap the babe in scarlet colors, call it your own
Did he doubt or did he try? Answers aplenty in the bye and bye
Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills
One man gathers what another man spills

Saint Stephen will remain, all he's lost he shall regain
Seashore washed by the suds and foam,
Been here so long, he's got to calling it home

Fortune comes a crawlin', calliope woman, spinnin' that curious sense of your own
Can you answer, yes I can
But what would be the answer to the answer man?

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"St. Stephen" as written by Philip Lesh Jerome J. Garcia

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Comment"Lady finger, dipped in moonlight, writing "What for?" across the morning sky.
    Sunlight splatters, dawn with answer, darkness shrugs and bids the day goodbye. "

    Greatest lyric of all time
    sexwax310on May 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsexwax, i may agree with you on that. great imagery!
    BarryKardonon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthaha ya. that's my favourite part of the song..
    givepeaceachanceon November 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgood call...my favorite dead song of all time...and those lyrics are the most amazing
    sucks_at_lifeon December 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song may or may not be about Stephen Gaskin, a late sixties San Francisco counterculture figure who later moved (along with quite a few other hippies) to Tennessee where they founded the commune/intentional community called "The Farm" which still exists and where Stephen is still living. I have met him several times and nominated him to be the Green Party candidate for President in 2000.
    Jerrybearon December 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've seen this song refered to as "the forgoten song" or "the other one" anyone know why?
    Drucker Truckeron January 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDrucker: that might be b/c the bridge (that lady finger part talked about above) was becoming difficult for the band to play correctly so they dumped it from the song rotation, adding to the song's legend among fans.
    *Merlin*on February 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThanks merlin. Thats interesting. It makes sense though.
    Drucker Truckeron March 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite part of this song is when he yells yyeeehaw
    tenneseejedon June 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is definately about Stephen Gaskin, if you don't know who he is than look him up.

    the 'trippy' part of the song really baffles me. It just seems like a dream (or a trip) from one of the mebers that they decided to put in.
    thedanman344on April 13, 2006   Link

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