Grateful Dead – “He’s Gone” Live
Like A Steam Locomotive!
“He’s Gone” debuted on the first set of Grateful Dead’s live performance in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 17, 1972. It was written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia in reference to Lenny Hart. What’s interesting about this song is that it can pretty much mean anything depending on one’s perspective although most Dead songs are patterned like that.
The Grateful Dead song “He’s Gone” is based on Lenny Hart’s embezzlement of band money and subsequent disappearance. As a result of the fiasco, Mickey Hart left the band in February 1971, not returning to the group on a full-time basis until 1974.
Every song from the band is a labor of love — from the writing to the delivery. It blows my mind how beautiful each one is and how intriguing the stories are. Hunter and Garcia even managed to create numerous unforgettable characters from their songs!
The songs invite reflection and writing, conversation and sometimes argument.
This is yet another timeless classic!