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It was originally released on the GD's fifth studio album, "American Beauty," and was written by Phil Lesh (melody and vocal phrasing) with Robert Hunter, the band's primary lyricist, writing the lyrics. The album was released in late 1970, making that year the only one in the band's history to have two studio albums released in the same calendar year ("AB" and the earlier "Workingman's Dead"). Lesh, the band's bassist, was struggling with the fact that his father was… read more

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Look out of any window, any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining, birds are winging
No rain is falling from a heavy sky

Grateful Dead - Box of Rain Lyrics


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  • This past fall I was one of a "lucky 13" group of Deadheads that got to meet Phil Lesh in person at WMMR in Philly when he stopped by the studio for a chat with Pierre Robert before his Tower Theater shows on the Fall Tour of Phil & Friends. Pierre asked him about Box of Rain and you could not only hear him getting choked up but I was in the front row and tears were forming as he was talking about the song and his dad. It was a very touching moment from my favorite musician and one i will never forget. It was still on YouTube last time i checked. Bless you Phil!

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