Song Lyric Sunday: Somewhere – ‘Days Between’

I usually try to avoid – albeit for no particular reason – featuring the same artistes on consecutive Sundays, but this time is an exception – and it’s for an exceptional song.

Another  – the final? – Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia collaboration, ‘Days Between’ is a plaintive, elegaic ballad that featured quite frequently in live performance during the last couple of years before Garcia died in 1995. In retrospect, it’s easy to believe that Jerry knew he was on his way out.

There were days, and there were days
And there were days between
Summer flies and August dies
The world grows dark and mean
Comes the shimmer of the moon
On black infested trees
The singing man is at his song
The holy on their knees
The reckless are out wrecking
The timid plead their pleas
No one knows much more of this
Than anyone can see
Anyone can see

There were days, and there were days
And there were days besides
When phantom ships with phantom sails
Set to sea on phantom tides
Comes the lightning of the sun
On bright unfocused eyes
The blue of yet another day
A springtime wet with sighs
A hopeful candle lingers
In the land of lullabies
Where headless horsemen vanish
With wild and lonely cries
Lonely cries

There were days, and there were days
And there were days I know
When all we ever wanted
Was to learn and love and grow
Once we grew into our shoes
We told them where to go
Walked halfway around the world
On promise of the glow
Stood upon a mountain top
Walked barefoot in the snow
Gave the best we had to give
How much we’ll never know
We’ll never know

There were days, and there were days
And there were days between
Polished like a golden bowl
The finest ever seen
Hearts of Summer held in trust
Still tender young and green
Left on shelves collecting dust
Not knowing what they mean
Valentines of flesh and blood
As soft as velveteen
Hoping love would not forsake
The days that lie between
Lie between

Written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

Song Lyric Sunday 23 August 2020

5 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Somewhere – ‘Days Between’

  1. Many Deadheads observe the time period from August 1st to August 9th each year, spanning the dates of Garcia’s birth in the year 1942 up till his death in 1995 respectively, and they call this time the Days Between.

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