A crazy as it sounds Truckin’ was never a show highlight song for me. I just never thought it was THAT great.
A few months ago I put out a question on Twitter as to what the Dead’s definitive song was. Much to my surprise and pleasure a few folks responded. I had suggested that Terrapin Station was the quintessential Grateful Dead song because it has it all – folk roots, drama, some jamming – the whole kit and kaboodle. One brave challenger proffered Truckin’ as an alternative and the more I thought about it the more sense it made to me. It could be either a tighter, shorter version (like this one), an 8-12 minute mid-range jam, or a 18-20 minute deeper jam track on occasion. In other words it’s a very versatile song. Plus they played it consistently for almost their entire career (so virtually anyone who was ever in the band played it at one point or another) and it’s got an auto-biographical element to it that just cements its status in my opinion.
We’ve had a range of Truckin’s on the site here and I think this is another worthy contender for adding some uniqueness and context to the song.
Complete Setlist 4/6/82
Previous Truckin’ DFAY Selections
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