Ripples, the Grateful dead.

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Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia.

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine

and my tunes were played on the harp unstrung

would you hear my voice come through the music

would you hold it near as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken

Perhaps they're better left unsung

I don't know, don't really care

Let there be songs to fill the air


Ripple in still water

when there is no pebble tossed

nor wind to blow

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty

if your cup is full may it be again

let it be known there is a fountain

that was not made by the hands of men

There is a road, no simple highway

between the dawn and the dark of night

and if you go no one may follow

that path is for your steps alone


You who choose to lead must follow

But if you fall you fall alone

If you should stand then who's to guide you?

If I knew the way I would take you home

"Some people live their entire lives merely existing, rather than living" Hennery David Thoreau first said this.

Some people get up, go to work, and go to sleep, their life becomes a blind round of habit. The song "Ripple", by Robert Hunter, uses heavy symbolism and challenges people to be individuals and follow their dreams on the road less traveled. Everyday people are cruising down the simple highway at top speed, they're too afraid of failing to follow their dreams, so they stay on the reliable route. It isn't until after its too late that they regret not pursuing their dreams . In, "Ripple", Hunter warns listeners of...