Ok, I know I got on my soapbox a couple of days ago about Friend of the Devil, but that’s just because I think a song like Ripple is just as, if not more deserving of the hype that FOTD gets.
I’ve actually used Ripple as a lullaby for my boys before. I think that’s one of many great applications for this particular tune. The challenge is remembering all the words in the proper order! Luckily I have a forgiving audience. (Although my 3 year old continuously points out that in the song Summertime, Daddy sings “catfish are jumping” while Mommy sings “fish are jumping.” Apparently that’s a huge discrepancy!).
For being such an awesome song Ripple has a small footprint viz. performance history. Perhaps the vocals were just too hard to get consistently right live or the tune was too slow? Perhaps it’s vibe was outpaced by larger audiences? Regardless it was only played 40 times. 25% (so ten) were between August 1970 and this date. After 4/29/71 it was performed again until the 15th anniversary shows in October 1980. I was played at pretty much every show of those east and west coast runs. After that a mere 5 performances, including 2 more in December 1980, one each in May and October 1981, and the final live airing of Ripple occurred on 9/3/88.