"Stella Blue" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
All the years combine
They melt into a dream
A broken angel sings
From a guitar
In the end there's just a song
Comes crying like the night (wind)
Through all the broken dreams
And vanished years

Stella Blue
When all the cards are down
There's nothing left to see
There's just the pavement left
And broken dreams
In the end there's still that song
Comes crying like the wind
Down every lonely street
That's ever been

Stella Blue
I've stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel
Can't win for trying
Dust off those rusty strings just
One more time
Gonna make em shine

It all rolls into one
And nothing comes for free
There's nothing you can hold
For very long
And when you hear that song
Come crying like the wind
It seems like all this life
Was just a dream
Stella Blue

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"Stella Blue" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song may be related to a Wallace Stevens poem entitled, "The Man With the Blue Guitar"... a lot of the lyrics can be connected to this song. The poem, supposedly, was inspired by the famous painting "Old Man With A Guitar" by Pablo Picasso.

    Also, the Stella guitar is a certain type used by many blues guitarists back in the early years.
    dukeoveron March 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really tears me up inside. I listened to this one dark night when my school days were almost an end - i was feeling really depressed because I knew that I had been at that same school so long (11 years) and seemed to be that I had almost nothing to show for it...

    The lyrics seemed so appropriate, and the music even more so. I think the song is about how time creeps up on you and then you're just wondering where it all went. You have so many regrets and there's been so much wasted time... it feels so sad but you just have to move on.
    x0nixon June 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard once that this song is about a guitar.

    If you get a chance you need to hear the version from Richfield Coliseum 03.21.94. I'm not a fan of the vince years (especially the last two) but Garcia rips this one apart at the end.
    Hedgeson June 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's in resonance to the stella guitar,
    Which is where the speaker seems to be coming from...
    Seeing that "A broken angel sings from a guitar", "Dust off those rusty strings just one more time..."
    However, Stella Blue Sounds like the name of a woman or nickname in contrast to being a metaphor of this beautiful song, and plus Hunter had a strong use of womens names in his songs. But

    Blue also relaxes the mind, and after all that treatment people begin to feel depressed...

    --and the stellas sounded better than they should've and the shape of the guitar is feminine.

    But then it talks about "it seems like all this life was just a dream" so this turns into something as if... talking of illusion, shadow and story.
    boxofrainon March 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are just a few of those songs.... That just speak the truth.

    And this is one just for Jerry! This song is Him.

    All of us can relate, in our own lives, some of these lyrics.... But all would have been true for him.

    harmony7777on September 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo maybe Stella Blue was used for it's feminine beautiful ways and great use of being the guitar it was, and it's history.

    And the metaphor it gives with Stella=Attractive Woman and blue= Relaxing; Depressed

    which goes along with the song....
    boxofrainon March 31, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this song is about itself.
    "Stella Blue" is a song. It's that very song
    that comes cryin like the wind,
    when all the cards are down,
    thru all those broken dreams and vanished years.
    It is that very song that, when we hear it,
    makes it seem like all this life was just a dream ...
    Stella Blue
    yammieplayaon March 17, 2011   Link

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