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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 01:21 PM

Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead Collaborator and Lyricist, Dead at 78

Source: Rolling Stone

Robert Hunter, the poet and writer who provided the Grateful Dead with many of their vivid and enduring lyrics, died Monday night. He was 78. No cause of death was provided.

“It is with great sadness we confirm our beloved Robert passed away yesterday night,” Hunter’s family announced in a statement. “He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand. For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way his is never truly gone. In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music. Let there be songs to fill the air.”

Considered one of rock’s most ambitious and dazzling lyricists, Hunter was the literary counterpoint to the band’s musical experimentation. His lyrics — heard in everything from early Dead classics like “Dark Star” and “China Cat Sunflower” and proceeding through “Uncle John’s Band,” “Box of Rain,” “Scarlet Begonias,” and “Touch of Gray”— were as much a part of the band as Jerry Garcia’s singing and guitar.

Born Robert Burns in California in 1941, Hunter met Garcia in 1961. Garcia asked Hunter to play in a jug band, but Hunter passed, instead seeing a future for himself as a writer. At Stanford, Hunter took part in early LSD experiments and dabbled in Scientology before leaving for the Southwest, where he battled drug issues. There, he sent several lyrics to the Dead in San Francisco before moving to the Bay Area to reunite with Garcia. When the band was working up an instrumental at a show north of San Francisco, Hunter listened and began writing lyrics to accompany the music; the result, “Dark Star,” was both a landmark for the band and also the official start of Hunter’s new role as the band’s lyricist in residence.



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What a huge loss.

Robert Hunter was a great lyricist and a fine musician.

RIP fine Sir!

One of my all time favorites:

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 01:39 PM

1. RIP Robert

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 01:42 PM

2. Horrible news. Hunter wrote the soundtrack of my life.

I'll always be grateful for the songs. They will live on.

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 01:44 PM

3. Godspeed, Rum Runner!



Hasta Siempre, Hermano!

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 01:45 PM

4. RIP...

My favorite member of the band.

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 01:59 PM

5. A sad loss indeed

Gone but never forgotten.

RIP

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 02:04 PM

6. His lyrics live on ...

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 02:44 PM

7. RIP Mr. Hunter

His lyrics were the words I sang soooo many times at Dead shows in the early-mid 80s - course, most times I felt I was Living the music due to my friend Lucy (and her Sky Diamonds).

Odd that the band that took the touring mantle from the Dead (Phish) also has most of their lyrics penned by someone that does not play in the band -- Tom Marshall.

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 03:06 PM

8. Fare you well, Promotory Rider

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 04:39 PM

9. I will always love you, Robert Hunter.

Thank you for making my life better.

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 05:55 PM

10. He's Gone - Ripple (in still water)

Rest in Peace, Robert Hunter, and thanks for all the wonderful songs.
Say hi to John Perry Barlow for us






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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 10:35 PM

11. What a legacy!

R.I.P., and thanks for the memories!!

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 11:23 PM

12. Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul...

Fare you well my honey
Fare you well my only true one
All the birds that were singing
Have flown except you alone

Goin to leave this Broke-down Palace
On my hands and my knees I will roll roll roll
Make myself a bed by the waterside
In my time - in my time - I will roll roll roll

In a bed, in a bed
by the waterside I will lay my head
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

River gonna take me
Sing me sweet and sleepy
Sing me sweet and sleepy
all the way back back home
It's a far gone lullaby
sung many years ago
Mama, Mama, many worlds I've come
since I first left home

Goin home, goin home
by the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

Goin to plant a weeping willow
On the banks green edge it will grow grow grow
Sing a lullaby beside the water
Lovers come and go - the river roll roll roll

Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

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Wed Sep 25, 2019, 05:39 AM

13. NFA dear friend...

Rest easy.

https://m.

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