I wasn’t kidding when I said was eagerly anticipating Spring 1990: The Other One. Of course, there’s another reason for picking this particular track. Bobby re-wrote some of the lyrics to Black-Throated Wind and this was the first time that he sang them in concert.
Not only was this the first time the Grateful Dead played Black-Throated Wind since 10/19/74, but fans were greeted with a bevy of new lyrics. There are actually a few musical miscues here, but hey, that happened with the Dead, right? I don’t know how long the new lyrics lasted but I seem to remember that they didn’t make it too far past the Spring 1990 tour. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong there. But the song stayed in the repertoire until the end after it’s re-emergence here.
So here’s to rebirth and trying new things. If we never failed, we’d never learn anything, right? I think the lesson here is that some things are better left how they were, but it remains a fun experiment.