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Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday Commemorated With New David Crosby Poem

Kevin Blair Kevin Blair
August 1st, 2012 9:11pm EDT

Jerry Garcia

Crosby Stills & Nash star David Crosby has marked what would have been pal Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday with a poem.

The rocker will read "Cause I'm Missing Jerry Tonight" during a show at Bob Weir's venue in San Rafael, California on Friday.

The heartfelt poem reads:

Cause I'm missing him tonight

If I had to pick one of us to speak for us all
He would have done the job well
Coming from some crazy angle
He'd have known which story to tell
he'd tell the truth about real music
he knew the truth long before he fell

His fingers would touch his guitar neck
My axe would be pressed to my chest
A chord and a melody would walk in the door
Closely followed by all of the rest
Magic and tragic and triumph and storm
and all the things we had sought on our quest

You get your ego out of the way of your hearts
The whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts

A sort of field pops into existence
Everything lifts off the ground
You know that you're doing what you were born to do
That you're using the gift that you've found
To create some lift and break all the chains
with which all our people are bound

he did it for all the right reasons
and made all of our mistakes
a more human man you could not find
an accelerator without the brakes
but he had the brains and the heart and the spirit
Garcia really had what it takes

Garcia died of a heart attack in August, 1995, just days after celebrating his 53rd birthday.


Poem © 2012 David Crosby
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