"So Many Roads" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Thought I heard a blackbird singing
Up on Bluebird Hill
Call me a whinin' boy if you will
Born where the sun don't shine
And I don't deny my name
Got no place to go, ain't that a shame?

Thought I heard that KC whistle
Moaning sweet and low
Thought I heard that KC when she blow
Down where the sun don't shine
Underneath the Kokomo
Whinin' boy got no place to go

So many roads, I tell you
So many roads I know
So many roads, so many roads
Mountain high, river wide
So many roads to ride
So many roads, so many roads

Thought I heard a jug band playin'
If you don't who else will?
From over on the far side of the hill
All I know the sun don't shine
And the rain refused to fall
And you don't seem to hear me when I call

Wind inside and the wind outside
Tangled in the window blind
Tell me why you treat me so unkind
Down where the sun don't shine
Lonely and I call your name
No place left to go, ain't that a shame?

So many roads, I tell you
New York to San Francisco
So many roads I know
All I want is one to take me home
From the high road to the low
So many roads I know
So many roads, so many roads

From the land of the midnight sun
Where the ice blue roses grow
Along those roads of gold and silver snow
Howlin' wide or moaning low
So many roads I know
So many roads to [unverified] my soul



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"So Many Roads" as written by Robert Hunter Jerry Garcia

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    General CommentFor people there, ( at the last show ) It seemed like 75,000 people knew he was on his way out...

    This song is so sweet, (statements just seem vain at last!) Jerry's love affair with his fans is eternal. And we he sang this to you live, it was so personal, like it was sung from inside you.

    We truly did go everywhere together, long those roads of gold and silver snow.... Howlin wide, or moaning low.... so many roads to ease my soul

    Thought I heard a jug band playin'
    If you don't... who else will!!
    harmony7777on September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so good and so heartfelt and sad on the so many roads box set. It almost seems like Jerry knew he was on his way out
    lukewagoneeron March 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is sucha beautiful song. im surprised more people havent commented
    chinacat15on December 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou've got the obvious "where do I go with my life? which road do I take?" thing going on all while Hunter throws in musical references throughout. Very clever. "Blackbird", "Bluebird Hill", "Whining Boy", "Ain't That a Shame?", "KC", "Kokamo", "jug band", "If You Don't, Who Else Will", "I Call Your Name" are all songs, lyrics, and/or some sort of musical reference, and I'm sure I missed some.

    Love the last part, with its striking imagery:

    From the land of the midnight sun
    where the ice blue roses grow
    'long those roads of gold and silver snow
    DaysBetweenon May 07, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningAnyone who has ever struggled with I.V. Cocaine, Meth (ice) (old school meth was/is blue), and heroin; should get the message loud and clear.
    Most beautiful song about, and poetic picture of an I.V. drug addicts tortured soul and frustration when they run out of veins to shoot up in.
    Jerry was human and crying the same tears that street junkies shed.
    Sad part is hearing thousands of people cheer while he wept, explained, related (to some), and uveiled to them his innermost and tortured soul.
    Interpretation by Brenton Laroy Campbell. 11/18/2018
    Brenton_campbellon November 18, 2018   Link

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