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Nirvana vs. The Grateful Dead

Vincent Vega

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For me, The Dead. The material is much more diverse, poetic, and deep.

Even their very last song ever (recorded in demo form in February 1993) is beautiful:

There were days, and there were days

And there were days between

Summer flies and August dies

The world grows dark and mean

Comes the shimmer of the moon

On black infested trees

The singing man is at his song

The holy on their knees

The reckless are out wrecking

The timid plead their pleas

No one knows much more of this

Than anyone can see

Anyone can see

There were days, and there were days

And there were days besides

When phantom ships with phantom sails

Set to sea on phantom tides

Comes the lightning of the sun

On bright unfocused eyes

The blue of yet another day

A springtime wet with sighs

A hopeful candle lingers

In the land of lullabies

Where headless horsemen vanish

With wild and lonely cries

Lonely cries

There were days, and there were days

And there were days I know

When all we ever wanted

Was to learn and love and grow

Once we grew into our shoes

We told them where to go

Walked halfway around the world

On promise of the glow

Stood upon a mountain top

Walked barefoot in the snow

Gave the best we had to give

How much we'll never know

We'll never know

There were days, and there were days

And there were days between

Polished like a golden bowl

The finest ever seen

Hearts of Summer held in trust

Still tender young and green

Left on shelves collecting dust

Not knowing what they mean

Valentines of flesh and blood

As soft as velveteen

Hoping love would not forsake

The days that lie between

Lie between

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Jerry Garcia didn't have long to think about Kurt Cobain. He died in 1995.

As for Kurt Cobain, I'm not sure the Greatful Dead were on his list of influences.

Nirvana was on the mainstream musical scene from '91 to '94. Jerry had those three years, plus the year he lived after Kurt's death, to think about Nirvana.

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In terms of live albums I would say the Grateful Dead but when it comes to studio it's Nirvana hands down.

Terrapin Station was pretty fucking awesome though but really that's all they really have besides Touch of Grey, Ripple and Scarlet Begonias.

Working Man's Dead and American Beauty are brilliant albums IMHO.....

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