Grateful Dead – Estimated Prophet (Live at Duke University in 1978)

We’re standing on the beach, the sea will part before me. (Fire wheel burning in the air.)- Lyrics by John Perry Barlow, Music by Bob Weir.

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I love these grainy, black and white videos of the Dead from the late 70s. Especially when someone takes the time to couple the grainy, black and white video with a decent audio mix. Like this video of “Estimated Prophet” from a show in 1978 (Duke University on April 12, 1978)

I read somewhere that the time signature for “Estimated Prophet” is 7/4. I’m no scientist, but that sounds like a made up time signature to me. Like me, though, Jerry loved “Estimated Prophet”. He said it was one of his favorite Bobby songs to play. The Dead played it 390 times.

Lyrically, it’s my favorite Weir song for sure. My favorite lines:

I’ll call down thunder and speak the same / My work fills the sky with flame / Might and glory gonna be my name / And men gonna light my way

They sound even better delivered than read…

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