“Terrapin Station” – Members of Grizzly Bear & The National (Grateful Dead Cover) [YouTube Official Audio Stream]


Grateful Dead “Terrapin Station” Lyrics

Let my inspiration flow in token rhyme, suggesting rhythm
That will not forsake me till my tale is told and done
While the firelight’s aglow, strange shadows from the flames will grow
Till things we’ve never seen will seem familiar

Shadows of a sailor forming winds both foul and fair all swarm
Down in Carlisle he loved a lady, many years ago
Here beside him stands a man, a soldier from the looks of him,
Who came through many fights, but lost at love

While the story teller speaks, a door within the fire creaks
Suddenly flies open, and a girl is standing there
Eyes alight, with glowing hair, all that fancy paints as fair
She takes her fan and throws it, in the lion’s den

Which of you to gain me, tell, will risk uncertain pains of hell
I will not forgive you if you will not take the chance
The sailor gave at least a try, the soldier being much too wise
Strategy was his strength, and not disaster

The sailor, coming out again, the lady fairly lept at him
That’s how it stands today, you decide if he was wise
The storyteller makes no choice, soon you will not hear his voice
His job is to shed light, and not to master

Since the end is never told, we pay the teller off in gold
In hopes he will come back, but he cannot be bought or sold

Inspiration, move me brightly, light the song with sense and color
Hold away despair, more than this I will not ask
Faced with mysteries dark and vast, statements just seem vain at last

Some rise
Some fall
Some climb
To get to Terrapin

Counting stars by candlelight, all are dim but one is bright
The spiral light of Venus, rising first and shining best
On, from the northwest corner, of a brand new crescent moon
While crickets and cicadas sing, a rare and different tune
Terrapin station
In the shadow of the moon
Terrapin station
And I know we’ll get there soon

I can’t figure out
If it’s the end or beginning
But the train’s put it’s brakes on
And the whistle is screaming

While you were gone, these spaces filled with darkness
The obvious was here
With nothing to believe in, the compass always points to terrapin

Sullen wings of fortune beat like rain
You’re back in terrapin for good or I’ll again, for good or I’ll again


Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear & The National “Terrapin Station (Suite)” Song Credits

Daniel Rossen: vocals, guitar, synth, wurlitzer, piano
Christopher Bear:­ drums, vocals, synth
Aaron Dessner: electric guitar, OP1
Scott Devendorf:­ bass, vocals
Josh Kaufman: electric guitar, juno, rhodes, vocals
Conrad Doucette:­ drums, vocals
Amelia Bauer:­ vocals

Orchestration by Bryce Dessner
Orchestral percussion break composed by Bryce Dessner
Violin: Katie Hyun, Ben Russel, Emily Dagget Smith, Guillaume Pirard, Emily Popham Gillins, Caleb Burhans
Viola: Caitlin Lynch, Max Mandel
Cello: Clarice Jensen, Paul Wianko
Bass: Logan Coale
French Horn: Mike Atkinson, David Byrd, Rachel Drehmann
Trumpet: Brandon Ridenour
Trombone: Dave Nelson
Oboe: Julia Derosa
Chorus: Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Director, Dianne Berkun ­Menaker
Chorus: Bella Nigro, Camille Johnson, Akiya Henry, Naomie Azor, Maeve McNamara, Lily Pisano, Charlotte Knutsen, Mariana Weaver, Julia Harbutt, Sarah Abramson, Aliyah Weiss , Ariel Binns , Jake Montagnino, Izzi Stevenson, Morgan Colton, Sarah Sotomayor, Katy Urda, Frost Martin

Sō Percussion plays marimba, vibes, drum set, brake drum, pipes, wine bottles, triangle, maracas, shekere, Thai gongs, and almglocken.
Transcription of original orchestral parts by Stephen Feigenbaum
Produced by Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner and Josh Kaufman
Recorded by Jonathan Low at Future­Past in Hudson, NY and Nick Lloyd at Avatar
Mixed by Jonathan Low at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia, PA

Photography by Norman Jean Roy (http://www.njrstudio.com)
Edited by Marisa Gesualdi

This May, a Grateful Dead tribute titled Day of the Dead curated by The National’s Aaron & Bryce Dessner will be released. The project has been several years in the making, and so far sounds pretty great. The music is for a good cause, in conjunction with the Red Hot Organization. A note on the project’s website reads, “This is the 20th album of original music Red Hot has produced over the past 25 years to help raise awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS and related health issues.”

Above you can listen to a 16+ minute indie rock spin on the Grateful Dead’s 1977 prog-rock opus “Terrapin Station.” The accompanying video gives a sneak peak of the musicians at work recording the song in what appears to be a church via black-and-white pictures.

The track was a collaboration between members of The National (Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Bryan Davendorf) and Grizzly Bear (Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear) along with some excellent musicians (see the “CREDITS” above) and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Musically, they reinterpret the song beautifully while incorporating their unique twist with sound production and arrangement. Lush orchestration, rising crescendos, and psychedelic guitar riffs all play a role in delivering this stellar rendition.

Day of the Dead is scheduled to be released on May 20, 2016 via 4AD Records. Pick it up on Amazon. Last month, the record label 4AD shared five Day of the Dead songs recorded by The War on Drugs, Phosphorescent with Jenny Lewis & Friends, Bruce Hornsby with Justin Vernon and DeYarmond Edison, Courtney Barnett, and The National.

For more information about the release, check out dayofthedeadmusic.com. The latest music and news information about the Grateful Dead can be found by visiting their Zumic artist page.

Various artists Day of the Dead album cover art

Source: 4AD YouTube