Golden Days by Vince Welnick

One of the greatest benefits of being a musician or an artist of any kind is the sense of immortality that be achieved by capturing your work in a way that can be shared and preserved. That brings us to the story of Vince Welnick. Vince was a talented keyboard player who worked with musicians and bands such as Todd Rundgren, The Tubes, and the Grateful Dead to name a few. He battled depression at times, a condition allegedly exacerbated when he was shunned by remaining members of the Grateful Dead after the death of his friend and founding GD member Jerry Garcia, and he eventually took his own life in 2006.

Here are the lyrics from Welnick’s tribute to his departed friend Jerry Garcia:

Golden Days (by Vince Welnick)
It’s four am, I wake up
The sheets they’re dripping wet
It’s the same every morning
Since the day they found you dead
I wish that I had told you
All the things that I want to now
Would it have made any difference?
Now I’ll always be in doubt

In the end I think again
We told jokes and played
I can say I knew you when
These were some golden days

It seemed like only just last summer
When the riots were going down
Now the shadows are getting longer
All the leaves they’re turning brown
Who decides the moment when the seasons change
Here and now I hope for some happiness again

Then again I think again
We told jokes and played
I can say I knew you when
These were some golden days

There’s music in the distance
I can’t help but feel alive
In my heart I still see you
The colonel at your side
Had I known you were leavin’
I wouldn’t let you get away
But it only stands to reason
Every set must end some day

In the end I’ll think again
We told jokes and played
I’ll say I knew you when
These were some golden days

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