"Melissa (Allman Brothers cover)" as written by Gregg Allman and Stephen Alaimo....
They seem to come and go, yeah
The gypsy flies from coast to coast

Knowing many, loving none
Bearing sorrow, having fun
But back home he'll always run
To sweet Melissa

Freight train
Each car looks the same, yeah
And noone knows the gypsy's name

Noone hears his lonely sigh
There are no blankets where he lies
In all his deepest dreams the gypsy flies
With sweet Melissa

Again the morning's come
Again he's on the run
Sunbeam shining through his hair
Appearing not to care

Pick up your gear,
Gypsy roll on
Roll on

Will you ever let him go?
Lord, lord
Will you hide the dead man's ghost?

Or will he lie beneath the clay?
Or will his spirit float away?

But I know he won't stay
Without Melissa

Yes, I know he won't stay
Without Melissa

Lyrics submitted by T_D_Phoenix

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    General CommentThis one's only been performed 3 times. The first time was at Piedmont Park in Atlanta 9/8/07, a concert that got released later that year. It was performed as a duet with Greg Allman himself, who was in the house having opened for DMB. Greg sang the first verse, Dave sang the second, Greg sang the bridge, Dave sang the third, and they traded off the last stanza.

    It was also performed 2 more times early in the 08 Summer tour, but has been MIA since June 4 2008. Which was the 3rd or 4th show of the tour.

    I miss it already. Piedmont's was so good. Just the subtle little lyrical change from "fall away" to "float away" made a world of a difference. This was a great cover. Top 5, IMHO.
    T_D_Phoenixon September 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAHhh man duet tonite at the garden with Greg Allman fucking amazing!! kicking off the tour
    doggins21on April 15, 2009   Link

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