Written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter after Mickey Hart's father ran off with the band's money in 1972 but came to be used to memorialize any great rock and roll figure (Duane Allman, Bob...
Rat in a drain ditch, caught on a limb, you know better but I know him
Like I told you, what I said, steal your face right off your head

Now he's gone, now he's gone, Lord he's gone, he's gone
Like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track
He's gone, he's gone and nothin's gonna bring him back, he's gone

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride, hot as a pistol but cool inside
Cat on a tin roof, dogs in a pile
Nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile

Now he's gone, now he's gone, Lord he's gone, he's gone
Like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track
He's gone, he's gone and nothin's gonna bring him back, he's gone

Goin' where the wind don't blow so strange
Maybe off on some high cold mountain chain
Lost one round but the price wasn't anything
A knife in the back and more of the same

Same old, rat in a drain ditch, caught on a limb
You know better but I know him
Like I told you, what I said
Steal your face right off your head

He's gone, now he's gone, Lord he's gone, he's gone
Like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track
He's gone, he's gone and nothin's gonna bring him back, he's gone
Like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track
He's gone, he's gone and nothin's gonna bring him back, he's gone

Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back (he's gone for good)
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back
Ooh, nothin's gonna bring him back


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"He's Gone (Live in Veneta, OR, 8/27/72)" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General CommentSpeaking to me in the moment... This song is so literal the meaning was elusive( never could reach it... just slipped away when i tried...)

    Like I told you... what i said. steal your face right off your head.

    In the true moment. with out ego... naked truth.
    this is a compass for that experience. reminding you where it's at.

    Nine mild skiddin... reminding us, we are not in control altogether.... but it's alright. ( hot as a pistol... but cool inside.)

    listen... Jerry says it... YOU KNOW BETTER... BUT I KNOW HIM.

    truth is... who knows what the people who wrote this song thought it meant to them at that time.... and who knows all the different things it has meant to people since.

    ooh... nothings gonna bring him back
    harmony7777on September 12, 2007   Link

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