"Standing On The Moon" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Standing on the moon
I got no cobweb on my shoe
Standing on the moon
I'm feeling so alone and blue
I see the gulf of Mexico
As tiny as a tear
The coast of California
Must be somewhere over here, over here

Standing on the moon
I see the battle rage below
Standing on the moon
I see the soldiers come and go
There's a metal flag beside me
Someone planted long ago
Old glory standing stiffly
Crimson, white and indigo, indigo

I see all of southeast Asia
I can see El Salvador
I hear the cries of children
And the other songs of war
It's like a mighty melody
That rings down from the sky
Standing here upon the moon
I watch it all roll by, all roll by

Standing on the moon
With nothing else to do
A lovely view of heaven
But I'd rather be with you

Standing on the moon
I see a shadow on the sun
Standing on the moon
The stars go fading one by one
I hear a cry of victory
And another of defeat
A scrap of age old lullaby
Down some forgotten street

Standing on the moon
Where talk is cheap and vision true
Standing on the moon
But I would rather be with you
Somewhere in San Francisco
On a back porch in July
Just looking up to heaven
At this crescent in the sky

Standing on the moon
With nothing left to do
A lovely view of heaven
But I'd rather be with you, be with you


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"Standing On the Moon" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General CommentHey i'll be the first to comment on this Great song.

    To me it's about wanting to get away from all the crap in the world (war, children starving etc) and dreaming about standing on the moon and being happy to be away from all the garbage. Then the singer realizes that the person he loves is still on earth, and despite all the uglieness of the world, he wants to be back there (despite the lovely view of heaven) because that is where the person he loves is. it's sort of a hidden love song.

    Just another example of why the man is one of the best at what he does, Robert Hunter only gets better with age ... like a fine wine.
    Hedgeson June 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcouldn't have said it any other way Hedges
    holtyon January 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto me this song feels for a hidden message... it could be a declaration of love but I see it as rather a messge of love and also solitude. I could go on, but not right now.
    whateverifeellikeon December 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me so much of my mother.... it was her favorite dead song and she listened to it all the time... it's so sad and solemn
    i don't know why but i really like when he says the gulf of mexico is as tiny as a tear
    sourire0947on January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy mom passed away recently and this song seems to keep me connected to her...she's up there with a lovely view of heaven although she'd rather be here. I love the Grateful Dead.
    stevefsuon June 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs-
    One of the few songs that the Dead decided to make a political statement-it is an anti-war song for them.
    Like so many of their songs it is easy to take it and make it have a personal meaning for yourself.
    For me it reminds me of my cousin who was more like a brother to me-we would go to the shows and have a great time-well he passed almost seven years ago and I think about him everyday-I believe he is up there loving the sights but just like the song I think he would rather be down here with me still going to and loving the shows
    ltrainon October 14, 2009   Link

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