Song Lyric Sunday: Bridal – ‘Stella Blue’

The traditional trappings of a wedding – ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ constitute Jim’s keywords for Song Lyric Sunday this week.

This has nothing to do with nuptials, but ask me what’s my favourite Grateful Dead song and although I would be hard-pressed to make a single choice, this would always be on the shortlist – the rueful, elegaic ‘Stella Blue’.

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 cryin’ up the night
Thru all the broken dreams and vanished years.
Stella blue. 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 cryin’ like the wind.
Down every lonely street that’s ever been
Stella blue. 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 them shine, 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. Stella blue.

Written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

Song Lyric Sunday 6 June 2021

4 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Bridal – ‘Stella Blue’

  1. Stella was an American guitar brand owned by the Oscar Schmidt Company that was founded around 1899. Stella guitars were played by notable artists, including Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, Charlie Patton, Doc Watson, Pink Anderson, Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Willie Nelson learned to play on one. Hunter wrote the lyrics to this song while he was staying at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC, years before Garcia composed the music to go along with them. This song is about a guy who is down on his luck, regretting the mistakes that he made in his past and all these years seem to have combined and melted into a dream till he hears a broken angel singing from a guitar.

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