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Dark Star

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“Dark Star” is a song released as a single by the Grateful Dead. It was written by lyricist Robert Hunter and composed by lead guitarist Jerry Garcia; however, compositional credit is sometimes extended to include Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, the late Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and Bob Weir. “Dark Star” was an early Grateful Dead classic and became one of their most loved and anticipated numbers, often with the group using it as a vehicle for musical improvisation sessions that extended beyond the original structure of the song. The song is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Shall we go, you and I while we can ... Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds

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