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Published: 2012/08/03

David Crosby: "Cause I’m Missing Jerry Tonight"

This evening Bob Weir will host the Move Me Brightly event at his TRI Studios, which will pay to the late Jerry Garcia. Part of the evening’s program will include an appearance by David Crosby, who will recite a poem written in Garcia’s memory. Rolling Stone has printed the text of “Cause I’m Missing Jerry Tonight” which appears below. We’ll be posting a report from yesterday’s TRI rehearsal on the site later today.

Cause I’m missing him tonight

If I had to pick one of us to speak for us all
He would have done the job well
Coming from some crazy angle
He’d have known which story to tell
he’d tell the truth about real music
he knew the truth long before he fell

His fingers would touch his guitar neck
My axe would be pressed to my chest
A chord and a melody would walk in the door
Closely followed by all of the rest
Magic and tragic and triumph and storm
and all the things we had sought on our quest

You get your ego out of the way of your hearts
The whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts

A sort of field pops into existence
Everything lifts off the ground
You know that you’re doing what you were born to do
That you’re using the gift that you’ve found
To create some lift and break all the chains
with which all our people are bound

he did it for all the right reasons
and made all of our mistakes
a more human man you could not find
an accelerator without the brakes
but he had the brains and the heart and the spirit
Garcia really had what it takes

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