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DEAL

The Grateful Dead's "Deal" is a classic tune that has become a staple of the band's live performances. Written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, the song was first released on the album "Garcia" in 1972, and has since been covered by a number of artists, including the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, and Phish. In this blog post, we will take a detailed look at the song, exploring its history, lyrics, and musical composition.


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History of "Deal"


Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote "Deal" in the early 1970s, during a period when the Grateful Dead were experimenting with different styles of music. The song was first recorded by Garcia for his self-titled solo album, which was released in 1972. It features Garcia on guitar and vocals, with Phil Lesh on bass, Bill Kreutzmann on drums, Dave Holland on piano, and Nicky Hopkins on electric piano.


The Grateful Dead began playing "Deal" live in 1971, and it quickly became a fan favorite. The song was often used as an opener or closer for the band's shows, and it remained a regular part of their live repertoire throughout their career.


Lyrics of "Deal"


The lyrics of "Deal" are written from the perspective of a gambler, and they use a number of gambling metaphors to describe life and love. The opening lines set the tone for the song:


"Since it costs a lot to win, and even more to lose

You and me bound to spend some time wondering what to choose"


These lines suggest that life is a gamble, and that every choice we make has its own set of risks and rewards. The rest of the song explores this theme, with lines like "Don't let your deal go down" and "Don't you let that deal go down" serving as warnings to the listener not to take unnecessary risks.


Musical Composition of "Deal"


Musically, "Deal" is a simple but catchy tune, featuring a bluesy guitar riff that is instantly recognizable. The song is played in a 12-bar blues progression, with a standard verse-chorus structure. The chorus features the memorable line, "Don't you let that deal go down," which is repeated several times throughout the song.


One of the most interesting aspects of "Deal" is the guitar solo, which is often played by Jerry Garcia. The solo is a perfect example of Garcia's unique playing style, which combined elements of blues, folk, and jazz to create a sound that was all his own.


Conclusion


"Deal" is a classic Grateful Dead song that has stood the test of time. Its catchy melody, memorable lyrics, and distinctive guitar solo make it a fan favorite, and it remains a regular part of the band's live shows to this day. Whether you're a fan of the Grateful Dead or simply appreciate good music, "Deal" is definitely worth a listen.


Lyrics:

[Verse 1]

Since it costs a lot to win, and even more to lose

You and me bound to spend some time wond'rin' what to choose


[Chorus]

Goes to show, you don't ever know

Watch each card you play and play it slow

Wait until that deal come round

Don't you let that deal go down, no, no


[Verse 2]

I been gamblin' hereabouts for ten good solid years

If I told you all that went down it would burn off both of your ears


[Chorus]

Goes to show you don't ever know

Watch each card you play and play it slow

Wait until that deal come round

Don't you let that deal go down, no, no


[Verse 3]

Since you poured the wine for me and tightened up my shoes

I hate to leave you sittin' there, composin' lonesome blues


[Chorus]

Goes to show you don't ever know

Watch each card you play and play it slow

Wait until that deal come round

Don't you let that deal go down


[Outro]

Wait until that deal come round, don't you let that deal go down

Wait until that deal come round, don't you let that deal go down

Don't you let that deal go down, don't you let that deal go down

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