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This song was written and sung by Bob Dylan. It was also sung by
The Heart of Gold Band, and is currently in the set list rotation for Widespread Panic. Read the lyrics and then
read what the Bible says about Jesus, our Solid Rock.  Check out the lyrics to some other songs below...



Solid Rock
(Lyrics by Bob Dylan)

Well, I'm hangin' on to a solid rock
Made before the foundation of the world
And I won't let go, and I can't let go, won't let go
And I can't let go, won't let go, and I can't let go no more.

For me He was chastised, for me He was hated,
For me he was rejected by a world that He created.
Nations are angry, cursed are some,
People are expecting a false peace to come.

Well, I'm hangin' on to a solid rock
Made before the foundation of the world
And I won't let go, and I can't let go, won't let go
And I can't let go, won't let go, and I can't let go no more.

It's the ways of the flesh to war against the spirit
Twenty-four hours a day you can feel it and you can hear it
Using all the devices under the sun.
And He never give up 'til the battle's lost or won.

Well, I'm hangin' on to a solid rock
Made before the foundation of the world
And I won't let go, and I can't let go, won't let go
And I can't let go, won't let go, and I can't let go no more.











2 Samuel 22 : 2-3
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find
protection.
He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold,
my high tower, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.

Psalm 18 : 2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.

Isaiah 26 : 4
Trust in the LORD always,
for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.

Matthew 7 : 24-29
24 "Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds
a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise
and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse, because it is built on rock. 26
But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a
house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that
house, it will fall with a mighty crash."
28 After Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he
taught as one who had real authority-quite unlike the teachers of religious law.

Romans 9 : 30-33
30 Well then, what shall we say about these things? Just this: The Gentiles have been
made right with God by faith, even though they were not seeking him. 31 But the Jews,
who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. 32 Why
not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law and being good
instead of by depending on faith. They stumbled over the great rock in their path. 33
God warned them of this in the Scriptures when he said,
"I am placing a stone in Jerusalem* that causes people to stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.*
But anyone who believes in him
will not be disappointed.*"



My Sisters And Brothers

Lyrics: Charles Johnson
Played by the Jerry Garcia Band from the mid-70's through the 90's

I want to say to my sisters and my brothers
Keep the faith
When the storm flies and the wind blows
Go on at a steady pace
When the battle is fought and the victory's won
We can all shout together, we have overcome
We'll talk to the Father and the Son
When we make it to the promised land

Chorus
If we walk together, little children
We won't ever have to worry
Through this world of trouble
We've got to love one another
Let us take our fellow man by the hand
Try to help him to understand
We can all be together
For ever and ever
When we make it to the promised land

Our bible reads
Thou shalt not be afraid
Of the terror by night
Nor the arrow that flies by day
Nor for the pestilence
That walketh in the darkness
Nor for the destruction
That waiteth in the noonday hour

[chorus]

This world is not our home
We are only passing through
Our trail is all made up
Way beyond the blue
Let us do the very best that we can
While we're travelin' through this land
We can all be together
Shaking a hand
When we make it to the promised land

[chorus]

When we make it to the promised land children
Make it to the promised land children
Make it to the promised land children
Make it to the promised land
When we make it to the promised land sisters
Make it to the promised land children
We can all be together, forever and ever
When we make it to the promised land

[chorus]

We can all be together, forever and ever
When we make it to the promised land




Not Fade Away

Lyrics: Hardin/Petty
Played a few times by the Grateful Dead in their earliest years, and became a staple from the end of 1969
onwards.

I wanna tell you it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
I wanna love you night and day
You know our lovin' not fade away
You know our lovin' not fade away
Not fade away

My love is bigger than a Cadillac
I try to show you but you drive me back
Your love for me has gotta be real
You're gonna know just how I feel
A love that's real not fade away
Not fade away
The version sung in 1966 was a bit different:
I wanna tell you it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
Hey baby that's no lie
I'm going to get you by and by
You know our lovin' not fade away

Come on baby, hold my hand
You know I'm gonna be your candyman
Hey baby that's no lie
You know I'm going to get you by and by
A love like ours will not fade away




Wicked Path Of Sin

Lyrics: Bill Monroe
Played by Garcia with Old And In The Way in 1973. Listed in DeadBase as "Inside The Pearly Gates"

In this awful world of sorrow
In this wicked path of sin
Never thinking of tomorrow
Or what I'd lose in the end

Chorus
I can hear (oh I can hear)
The joy bells ringing
Where my friends (where my friends)
The loved ones wait
I can hear(I can hear)
The angels singing
Just inside (just inside)
Those pearly gates

I can hear my saviour calling
Won't you come unto me
Wash away your sins forever
You will rest eternally

[chorus]

Now I'm safe with my Jesus
He will guide me on my way
I will sing his praise for ever
We'll meet in heaven some sweet day

[chorus]




Angel Band

Lyrics: J Hascall
Music: W Bradbury
Played by Jerry with Old And In The Way in 1973, by Phil Lesh & Friends from 2001 onwards, and by The Dead
in 2004.

My latest sun is sinking fast
My race is nearly run
My longest trials now are past
My triumph has begun

Chorus
Oh come angel band
Come and around me stand
Bear me away on your snow white wings
To my immortal home
Bear me away on you snow white wings
To my immortal home

Oh bear my longing soul to him
Who bled and died for me
Whose blood now cleanses from all sins
And brings me victory

[chorus]

[chorus]

[with instruments]
Oh, come Angel Band come and around me stand
Oh bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home
Oh bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home

[accapella]
Oh, come Angel Band come and around me stand
Oh bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home
Oh bear me away on your snow white wings to my immortal home
Other versions include two additional verses:
I know I'm near the holy ranks
Of friends and kindred dear
I brush the dew on Jordan's banks
The crossing must be near

I've almost gained my heavenly home
My spirit loudly sings
The holy ones, behold they come
I hear the noise of wings




Drifting Too Far From The Shore

Lyrics: Charles Moody
Played by Jerry with Old And In The Way, the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and with David Grisman. Also in
2004 by Phil Lesh & Friends.

Out on the perilous deep
Where danger silently creeps
And storms so violently sweep
You're drifting too far from the shore

Chorus
Drifting too far from the shore
You're drifting too far from the peaceful shore
Come to Jesus today, let him show you the way
You're drifting too far from the shore

Today the tempest rose high
And the clouds overshadow the sky
Sure death is hovering nigh
You're drifting too far from the shore

[chorus]

Why meet a terrible fate
Mercies abundantly wait
Turn back before it's too late
You're drifting too far from the shore

[chorus]



Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Lyrics: Traditional
Played by the Jerry Garcia Band  in 1976.  

Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it, Jesus, if you please
I'll be satisfied all along
Just let me walk, as I walk close to Thee

I am weak, but Thou art strong
Jesus, keep me from all wrong
I'll be satisfied as long
Well as I walk, as I walk, let me walk, close to Thee

Well let me walk, Lord, let me walk, close to Thee

[Spoken]
We just thought we'd take a few seconds to let you
see where it all comes from, yes. How about a Amen
for San Francisco, with your hand...

[Sung]
... and stay close to Thee, Lord .... (note 1)

Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it, Jesus, if you please
I'll be satisfied all along
Just let me walk, as I walk close to Thee





Mighty High

Lyrics: Crawford, Downing
Played by Jerry with Donna Jean Godchaux in the Jerry Garcia Band in 1976.

Chorus A
Take a load off your mind
Ride the mighty glory
Listen to my story
Ride the mighty high
Take a load off your mind
Ride the mighty glory
Listen to my story
Ride the mighty high

Take a load off your feet
Hear what I'm saying
Hear what I'm saying
It will set your mind at ease

I was just a man
A lonely man indeed
God took all my troubles
Yes he did, he set me free

[chorus A]

He led me to discover
The man that I could be
Let him be your leader
He's so good he'll set you free

Listen to my story
Listen to my plea
Let him be your leader
He will set your mind at ease (note 1)

[chorus A]

Chorus B
Come on and ride the mighty high
Come on and ride the mighty high
Come on and ride the mighty high
Come on and ride the mighty high

[chorus A]
[chorus B]

[chorus A]
[chorus B]Notes
(1) other versions have "He will end your misery" here



Strange Man

Lyrics: Dorothy Love Coates
Sung by Donna Jean Godchaux, both with the Jerry Garcia Band and with the Heart
Of Gold Band.

A Samarian woman
Came a-running to the city
To talk about the man she saw
She took her pitcher and went to the well
Water she intended to draw
Well the stranger she met there
She didn't know where he came from
But he told her every sinful thing she had done
The man at the well
Blessed my soul
And he's gone

Her friends in town asked her
"Do you know the man?"
She said "No, I never saw him before"
They asked her "Did you get his name?"
She said "He didn't tell me and I don't know
When he spoke, my soul caught on fire
And I'll remember this day until the day I die
He stopped by
Blessed my soul
Now he's gone"

The stranger was next seen in our city
He was standing off an angry mob
Defending a women who'd been caught
In the very act of adultery
For pity and mercy she sought
He said "Ye who is without sin cast the first stone"
When he raised her from the ground
All her accusers, they were gone
He gave her a smile, waved farewell
And was gone

This time the crowd asked her
"Do you know the man?"
She said "No, I never saw him before"
They asked her "Did you get his name?"
She said "He didn't tell me and I don't know
But when he touched me I felt the power from the arms
And I ain't gonna do no wrong
I'm glad he stopped by
Blessed my soul
Now he's gone"

The crowd asked her
"Don't you know the man?"
She said "No, I never saw him before"
They asked her "Did you get his name?"
She said "He didn't tell me and I don't know
But when he touched me I felt the power from the arms
And I ain't gonna do no wrong
Glad he stopped by
Blessed my soul
Now he's gone"




I Am The Light Of This World

Lyrics: Rev Gary Davis
Sung by Jorma Kaukonen with Phil & Friends.

Chorus
Just as long as I'm this world
I am the light of this world
Just as long as I'm this world
I am the light of this world

Well you don't believe in Jesus
And not a word is said
When he come all the way down to Lazarus's grave
And raise him from the dead

[chorus]

Well we got fiery fingers, Lord
And we got fiery hands
Gonna get up in heaven
And play in that fiery band

[chorus]

Well shout out over the water
I won't be there long
My soul is anchored in Jesus, Lord
Won't do me no harm

[chorus]

Well I've been confirmed
Lord knows I ain't ashamed
Holy Ghost is my witness, Lord
Angels done signed my name

[chorus]
[chorus]



All That We Are

Lyrics: Phil Lesh
A Phil Lesh song, first played by The Dead in August 2003. Subsequently played by
Phil Lesh & Friends.


Open the book
Black book of night
Flip back the pages
Thread of inner sight
Saw my dream
Spinning out of control
Believe in yesterday
Today is all you really need to know

Open the door
Take a look around
Veil of sunbeam
Tears come rainin’ down
Where have they gone
Those I left behind
Stranded at a crossroad
Under empty sky
All that we are
All that we are

I got to keep movin’
I got to get home
I got to keep movin’
I got to keep on

All that we are
All that we are

Open your eyes
Back through the years
Ocean of sorrow
Drown a river of tears
Winding road
Call me in the dawn
Unknown land
Over far horizon walk alone

Where the winds rage
Where the ice falls
Where the sky moves
To shake me apart
Silent axis of the turning world
Glows in the flame
In the flame of our hearts

Throw the windows open wide
See the dawn outrace the tide
Let the past slip away
On the wings of yesterday

But me, I got to keep movin’
I got to get home
I got to keep movin’
I got to keep on

I got to keep movin’
I got to get home
I got to keep movin’
I got to keep on



Good Shepherd

Lyrics: Traditional
Performed by Jorma Kaukonen with Phil Lesh & Friends and Bob Weir in Ratdog.

If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the long-tongue liar
Oh good shepherd
Feed my sheep

Chorus
One for Paul
One for Silas
One for to make my heart rejoice
Can't you hear my lambs a-calling
Oh good shepherd
Feed my sheep

If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the blood-stained bandit
Oh good shepherd
Feed my sheep

[chorus]

If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the gun shot devil
Oh good shepherd
Feed my sheep




And We Bid You Goodnight

Lyrics: Traditional
Sung acapella by the Grateful Dead to close many of their concerts in the late sixties and the beginning of the
seventies, then revived again in 1989-91, and again by Phil Lesh & Friends in the early 2000's.
The lyrics varied a bit from performance to performance.  This is an early 70's version.

Lay down my dear brothers, lay down and take your rest
Oh won't you lay your head upon your saviour's breast
I love you, oh but Jesus loves you the best
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight

Lay down my dear brothers, lay down and take your rest
Oh won't you lay your head upon your saviour's breast
I love you, oh but Jesus loves you the best
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight

Walking in Jerusalem just like John (bid you goodnight, goodnight)
I remember right well, I remember right well (bid you goodnight, goodnight) (note 1)
His rod and his staff shall comfort me (bid you goodnight, goodnight)
Tell "A" for the ark, that wonderful boat (bid you goodnight, goodnight)
Tell "B" for the beast at the ending of the wood (bid you goodnight, goodnight)
Well it eat all the children that would not be good (bid you goodnight, goodnight)
I'm walking in Jerusalem just like John (bid you goodnight, goodnight)
Walking in the valley of the shadow of death (bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight)

Lay down my dear brothers, lay down and take your rest
Oh won't you lay your head upon your saviour's breast
I love you, oh but Jesus love you the best
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight






I'll Be With Thee

Lyrics: Traditional
Played by the Jerry Garcia Band with Keith and Donna--with Donna and Maria Muldaur sharing lead vocals.


Just like the prodigal son, when he was far from home
He wanted to go back and tell his father he had done wrong
He fell on his knees, the Lord answered his pleas
Said "If you go back home I'll go with thee"

Just like the Israelites, who were Pharaoh's slaves
They suffered in bondage and they prayed for days
The Lord said, "Moses, go set them free"
"I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll go with thee"

Just like old Joshua at Jericho
The Jericho walls, he wanted to overthrow
The Lord said, "Fight, and I'll give you victory"
"I am the Lord thy God, and I'll go with thee"

He said
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee (You don't have to worry)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Through the water, through the flood
Through the fire, through the blood
I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee

I'll be with thee (You may be far away)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Through failure, success
I'll understand when you done your best
I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee

Just like the Israelites, who were Pharaoh's slaves
They suffered in bondage and they prayed for days
The Lord said, "Moses, go set them free"
"I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll go with thee"

Just like old Joshua at Jericho
The Jericho walls, he wanted to overthrow
The Lord said, "Fight, and I'll give you victory"
"I am the Lord thy God, and I'll go with thee"

He said
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee (You don't have to worry)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Through the water, through the flood
Through the fire, through the blood
I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee

I'll be with thee (You don't have to worry)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee (You don't have to be discouraged)
I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee
Through failure, success
I'll understand when you done your best
I am the Lord, thy God, and I'll be with thee
I'll be with thee







Cold Jordan

Lyrics: Traditional
Played by the Grateful Dead in acoustic sets in 1970, normally with members of the New Riders Of The Purple Sage.


Oh sinner as you tread on life's journey, take Jesus as your daily guide
Though you may feel pure and saintly, without Him walking by your side
But when you come to make the crossing at the ending of his pilgrim's way
If you ever will need your saviour, you will surely need him on that day

Chorus
Now look at that cold Jordan, look at its deep water
Look at that wide river, oh hear the mighty billows roll
You better take Jesus with you, he's a true companion
Oh I'm sure without him that you never will make it home

That awful day of judgement is coming in the by and by
We'll see our Lord descending in glory from on high
Oh, let us keep in touch with Jesus and in the special love of God
And may we ever be called ready when he calls us over Jordan's tide

[chorus]

Now what you gonna do, oh what you gonna say
Oh how you gonna feel when you come to the end of the way?





Magnificent Sanctuary Band

Lyrics: Dorsey Burnette
Included on the Jerry Garcia studio box set "All Good Things" but never played live.

The multitides of people dying
'Cause they won't see and try to understand
From the Book I read, not one but all must follow
Join the magnificent sanctuary band

There are multitudes of people dying
Their temptation hangs over the land
In fact those people should just remember his command
And join the magnificent sanctuary band

Chorus
Singing in the band, talking to the man
Bringing in the sheep all over the world just as fast as he can
Singing in the band, talking to the man
Stop everything you're doing and join the sanctuary band

The Son of Man speaks of Revelations
And he's reaching, reaching out his hand
With his promise of salvation
Join the magnificent sanctuary band

[chorus]
[chorus]
[chorus]





Bright Morning Stars

Lyrics: Traditional
Played by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band in 1987.

Bright morning stars are rising
Bright morning stars are rising
Bright morning stars are rising
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Oh where are our dear fathers?
Oh where are our dear fathers?
They're down in the valley a-praying
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Oh, where are our dear mothers?
Oh, where are our dear mothers?
They've gone to heaven a-shouting
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Bright morning stars are rising
Bright morning stars are rising
Bright morning stars are rising
Day is a-breaking in my soul





Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Lyrics: Traditional
Played by the Jerry Garcia Band.

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home

I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Coming for to carry me home
A band of angels coming after me
Coming for to carry me home

[Chorus]

If you get to heaven before I do
Coming for to carry me home
Tell all my friends I'll be coming there too
Coming for to carry me home

[Chorus]
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