Heaven Help The Fool
Hey now! It is the Sunday edition of the Daily Dose of the Dead and today we check out Heaven Help the Fool from the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on September 30, 1980. This was one of the famous acoustic sets from the runs at the Warfield on the west coast and then Radio City on the east coast. The picture in the album artwork of Bob Weir is my pic from the 3rd row at Radio City about a month after this show.
Heaven Help the Fool actually has lyrics and the song was released originally on Weir’s second solo album in 1978. Looking at the ensemble of players Weir assembled for this album it kinda makes me sick that David Foster played keyboards.
The song was played only 17 times, all in 1980, and all at the warfield/radio city shows. They played it acoustic only and no lyrics. The lyrics were written by John Barlow. These acoustic performances at the warfield of this song really allowed both weir and garcia to show off their musical chops. Jerry in particular gets such a sweet and resonating sound out of his guitar it is almost mesmerizing.
A perfect way to wake up this Sunday morning and of course this dose continues the long standing tradition of some sort of religious or biblical reference,
I was born in Flatland, U.S.A.
And all my dreams lead me to L.A.
Another case of rags to riches
I learned to throw some fancy pitches
And I found out what ain’t, and which is
Just exactly cool