The title suite from the Grateful Dead’s Terrapin Station album includes seven distinct movements: “Lady With A Fan”, “Terrapin Station”, “Terrapin”, “Terrapin Transit”, “At A Siding”, “Terrapin Flyer” and “Refrain”. Although both the Dead as well as Robert Hunter (lyrics) recorded the full-length opus, only Hunter ever performed it live. Hunter’s version can be found on his Jack Of Roses (1980) LP -- which also includes the lyricists renditions of a few other Dead-related tunes such as “Friend Of The Devil”, “Delia DeLyon And Stagger Lee” [AKA “Stagger Lee”] and the traditional “Lady Of Carlisle” from which “Terrapin Station” gets its impetus. Beginning in early 1977, the Dead began to regularly integrate the first three sections of the work into their concert repertoire under the generic title of “Terrapin Station”. The truncated track also appeared as the b-side for both “Dancin’ In The Streets” as well as “Passenger”. Hunter’s words are hypnotic in their beauty. There is a distinct Elizabethan presence in his verse, understating the stately nature inherent within the work. The relaxed lyrical cadence also dictates the even tempo flowing throughout the sections. Jerry Garcia (guitar/vocals) embodies the role of the narrator from the perspective of a sage-like character. He prefaces the tale with the opening couplets: “Let my inspiration flow/In token lines suggesting rhythm/That will not forsake me/‘Till my tale is told and done” -- invoking the listener into a story about the Lady of Carlisle and her two suitors. Garcia’s melody is structured to incorporate solos between the verses and to incrementally further the plotline into the subsequent movement(s). Typically, the suite would crescendo with a fervent “Terrapin” -- which would be followed by some open-ended ensemble interaction. The band would create a natural interaction that could lead the band into a myriad of directions. These range from a seamless segue into another song -- such as “Playing In The Band” -- or even headlong into a “Drums” percussion solo. There are a number of easily obtainable live versions of “Terrapin Station”. Among the Dick’s Picks vault releases to feature the track are volumes 3, 10, 15 and 17. Additionally, Dozin’ At The Knick (1996) as well as the multi-media View From The Vault (2000) and View From The Vault III (2002) include notable renditions.