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The Best Versions Project differs from the lists in the Grateful Dead Taper's Compendium in what Ribot_for_President calls good taste and common sense. This project isn't necessarily definitive, and its not an invitation to debate. Its a list of solid versions that you all ought to hear. For more information about the processes used to create these lists, please check the, About the Projects section on the home page.

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The Top 10 Veriosn of Stella Blue:

6/18/74 - Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY - STREAM SBD

10/17/74 - Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

- Cotterell Gym, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY - STREAM SBD

- Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - STREAM SBD

5/8/80 - Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY - STREAM SBD

6/28/88 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY - STREAM MTX

9/19/90 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY - STREAM SBD

3/21/94 - Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH - STREAM SBD

8/1/94 - The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI - STREAM SBD; AUD

10/1/94 - Boston Garden, Boston, MA - STREAM SBD

Honorable Mention:

4/21/78 - Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY - STREAM SBD

1/11/79 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - STREAM AUD

5/16/81 - Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - STREAM AUD

8/10/82 - Fieldhouse, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - STREAM SBD

6/14/91 - Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, DC - STREAM SBD

Historically Significant:

6/17/72 - Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA (first) - STREAM AUD

7/6/95 - Riverport Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO (last) - STREAM SBD

Stella Blue
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

All the years combine
They melt into a dream
A broken angel sings
From a guitar

In the end there's just a song
Comes crying up the night
Through all the broken dreams
And vanished years

Stella Blue
Stella Blue

When all the cards are down
There's nothing left to see
There's just the pavement left
And broken dreams

In the end there's still that song
Comes crying like the wind
Down every lonely street
That's ever been

Stella Blue
Stella Blue

I've stayed in every blue light cheap hotel
Can't win for trying
Dust off those rusty strings just one more time
Gonna make them shine

It all rolls into one
And nothing comes for free
There's nothing you can hold
For very long

And when you hear that song
Come crying like the wind
It seems like all this life
Was just a dream

Stella Blue
Stella Blue

The Annotated "Stella Blue"