Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia


Reprinted with permissions copyright Ice Nine Publishing

Recordings: American Beauty (studio 1970)
First performance: September 18, 1970, at the Fillmore East in New York City. It remained in the repertoire for only five performances.
Never the less it is one of the Dead's more upbeat lyrics IMHO.






Till the morning comes
It'll do you fine
Till the morning comes
Like a highway sign
Showing you the way
Leaving no doubt
Of the way on in or the way back out

Tell you what I'll do
I'll watch out for you
You're my woman now
Make yourself easy
Make yourself easy
Make yourself easy

Till we all fall down
It'll do you fine
Don't think about
What you left behind
The way you came
Or the way you go
Let your tracks be lost in the dark and snow

Tell you what I'll do
I'll watch out for you
You're my woman now
Make yourself easy
Make yourself easy
Make yourself easy

When the shadows grow
It'll do you fine
When the cold winds blow
It'll ease your mind
The shape it takes
Could be yours to choose
What you may win, what you may lose

Tell you what I'll do
I'll watch out for you
You're my woman now
Make yourself easy
Make yourself easy
Make yourself easy

"Till The Morning Comes" is a song by Neil Young on the seminal After the Gold Rush album. It ends the first side of the album. It is a very short song, around a minute in length, and seems almost to be an afterthought, as the song fades away as the first side of the album comes to an end. The lyrics are also very simple:

I'm gonna give you till the morning comes Till the morning comes, till the morning comes. I'm only waiting till the morning comes Till the morning comes, till the morning comes.
And those are the lyrics in their entirety.

Neil Young was known as one of the more cerebral rock musicians, and many of his lyrics were somehow socially meaningful, or at least poetic and evocative. Or sometimes mysterious. But this song is exactly what it sounds like: a simple plaintive message, that doesn't say much, but manages to capture a mood very very well. This song was written in the days before every telephone had a little clock on it; but earlier today after I left a phone message and intensely watched the pixels on the time change over, thinking that I would only wait until 10:52 PM, and not a minute later to wait for a return phone call, this song popped into my head. Some things are very well understood by those who have been there.

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