"Help On The Way" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Paradise waits
On the crest of a wave
Her angels in flame
She has no pain
Like a child, she is pure
She is not to blame

Poised for flight
Wings spread bright
Spring from night
Into the sun
Don't stop to run
She can fly like a lie
She cannot be outdone

Tell me the cost
I can pay
Let me go
Tell me love is not lost
Sell everything
Without love, day to day,
Insanity is king

I will pay
Day by day
Lock, bolt and key
Crippled but free
I was blind
All the time
I was learning to see

Help on the way
I know only this
I've got you today
Don't fly away
'Cause I love what I love
And I want it that way

I will stay
One more day
Like I say
Honey, it's you
Without love in the dream
It will never come true

Lyrics submitted by itsmyownmind, edited by Samroski

"Help on the Way" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    My InterpretationParadise waits, on the crest of a wave, her angels in flames.
    She has no pain, like a child she is pure, she is not to blame.
    Poised for flight, wings spread bright, spring from night into the sun.
    Don't stop to run, she can fly like a lie, she can't be outdone.

    -The song begins after Eve has eaten from the tree of knowledge. Satan is the voice and is speaking to Adam prior to him having eaten from the tree himself. Satan refers to Adam’s lover Eve as ‘paradise’, for to him, she is more important than the physical garden of eden.
    Satan states that Eve is now in a different state of mind, in a new world that Adam, in his current mindset, cannot understand and that she is lost to him now.

    Tell me the cost; I can pay, let me go, tell me love is not lost.
    Sell everything; without love day to day insanity's king.
    I will pay day by day, anyway, lock, bolt and key.

    -The voice shifts to Adam’s now and he offers to pay anything, to ‘sell everything’ to be with Eve.

    Crippled but free, I was blind all the time I was learning to see.
    Help on the way, well, I know only this, I've got you today.
    Don't fly away, cause I love what I love and I want it that way.

    -This verse takes place after Adam eats from the tree of knowledge to be with Eve. He is now mortal but is ‘free’. Adam begs Eve to stay with him one final day. This is contrary to the biblical story of Adam and Eve in that Adam seems to sold everything for just one more day with Eve.

    I will stay one more day, like I say, honey it's you.
    Making it too, without love in a dream it will never come true.

    -Eve agrees to spend one last day with Adam in the garden of eden, knowing that tomorrow, they may never see each other again.
    -I don't know the meaning of the final line.
    Deadhead1on November 19, 2019   Link
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    General Commentfirst, i love thi song. it is one of my favorite dead songs. when i listened to the lyrics, i think thaT EVERYONE HAS had a dream like this. he is in a dream and sees a beautiful angel girl and falls in love with her. He wil pay any price to be with her. When it is almost time to wake up, he doesnt want to cuz he wants to be with her.
    Do You Know Fat Maxon March 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely LOVE this song. Still cannot figure out what it is about though. I can appreciate the interpretation of falling in love in a dream (more likely a trip)- but tbh it still makes no sense...

    Regardless, I cannot get enough of this song!
    Samroskion October 06, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionAbout these 2 lines:

    Tell me the cost; I can pay, let me go, tell me love is not lost.
    Sell everything; without love day to day insanity's king.

    At time I hear the following:

    Tell me the cost; I can bear any load, tell me love isn't lost.
    Sell everything; without love every day insanity's king.

    I'm pretty sure about the 2nd line. The first line I'm probably hearing wrong, and is probably correct in the original lyrics.

    I'll just leave this opinion here for a year or so, and keep listening to this song. If there are no other comments, I may edit the lyrics.
    Samroskion June 07, 2013   Link

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