Revisit Grateful Dead’s Iconic Anaheim Stadium Performance Of “Terrapin Station”
Wings Of Fortune Beat Like Rain!
“Terrapin Station” was written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia for the album of the same name. This ninth studio album was released on July 27, 1977 by the Grateful Dead. It was given four out of five stars by the Rolling Stone magazine. This track is actually the second part of The Terrapin Station Suite and just like the first one, it begins with an invocation.
Each of us can bring imagery to mind, certainly, when we close our eyes while listening to this portion of the suite—but I am very curious to know about the experience of others who close their eyes to see. When you hear the words “spiral light of Venus,” what comes to mind? And, in particular, when you hear the words “Terrapin Station”—what in the world (or what NOT in the world) do you conceive of?
The lyrics contain several references to some quotes by Vincent Van Gogh, Lewis Carroll and TS Elliot. And like most of Hunter’s songs which are based on folk music, this one is said to be inspired by “Lady With A Fan.”
“Terrapin Station” stands as a “place” in imagination, full of potential.
Another masterpiece from Hunter and Garcia!