The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” Played by Musicians Around the World

in Music | July 5th, 2015

As the Grateful Dead gets ready to play its final show tonight, Playing for Change has released a lovely video featuring an international cast of musicians — some well-known, some not — playing “Ripple” (studio version here), a tune from the great 1970 album American Beauty. The new clip features appearances by Bill Kreutzmann, Jimmy Buffett, David Crosby, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Enjoy….

Update: You can now listen to/stream the Dead’s final shows here.

h/t @stevesilberman

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  1. Bill Walton's cousin says . . .
    July 5, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    “Ripple” was part of JamBase’s Songs Of Their Own series. One of 50 tributes to the Grateful Dead: http://www.jambase.com/soto.aspx

  2. Tom D'Evelyn says . . .
    July 5, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    So I ask myself why these tears? And play it again.

  3. John Stewart says . . .
    July 5, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    It reminds me of “i would like to buy the world a coke,” which is one year younger. However, I imagine both songs have predecessors in music history.

  4. timothyj says . . .
    July 5, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    I think the predecessor you’re looking for is “Any Dream Will Do” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9F0AGnUEj4. Very similar melody but with some distinctly different notes.

  5. Kellie says . . .
    July 6, 2015 / 5:30 pm

    Best damn song ever made…I don’t care who sings it

  6. Jane Zawrotnak says . . .
    July 6, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    brings back wonderful happy and some sad memories.

  7. Vince says . . .
    July 6, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    one of my all time favorites, and these people made it even more beautiful, it’s true about music being the universal language and love the key, as a folk musician myself and I do this song in all my shows, but someone will come up and ask “are you going to do Ripple tonight”, I just smile and say you bet I am

  8. Dave says . . .
    July 7, 2015 / 7:33 am

    Used to hum this song to my kids now 37&39 to get them to sleep what wonderful memories. Wake up to find out you are the Eyes Of The World !!

  9. Javafutter says . . .
    July 7, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Had a rough morning finding out my 13 year old dog needs surgery and may not make it. This has helped eased the pain. Thanks to whomever created this beautiful video and all the wonderful musicians who participated.

  10. Gail Schumann says . . .
    July 7, 2015 / 9:49 am

    Wow – me too. Found myself weeping through the whole song, and then replaying it again and again.

  11. Wes boy says . . .
    July 7, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Written by Phil Lesh for his father, who had just passed away.

    A Lovely version.

  12. Joe says . . .
    July 8, 2015 / 7:42 am

    Actually, you’re thinking of Box of Rain. Hunter wrote Ripple.

  13. Steve says . . .
    July 8, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    John – think you are thinking of The New Seekers and “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” – which is what the Coke commercial is based on. Of course, there is a set of alternative lyrics that may be more relevant to a Dead thread… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWKznrEjJK4

  14. Mark says . . .
    July 8, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Beautiful version of an incredible tune. Makes me miss Jerry all over again…

  15. Andrea says . . .
    July 9, 2015 / 10:45 am

    I know! 3rd time in a row, and the tears keep flowing! Pure Joy!

  16. Gosh says . . .
    July 9, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    It WAS beautiful. But I can’t help thinking why weren’t any women given the chance to sing the lead?

  17. fmapes says . . .
    July 10, 2015 / 3:48 am

    You’re thinking of Box of Rain

  18. Bruce Coen says . . .
    July 10, 2015 / 10:17 am

    Fantastic tribute! Beautifully done!

  19. Nancy says . . .
    July 10, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    That isn’t Los Angles,CA where David Crosby is…it’s Albany,NY!!!

  20. Wes boy says . . .
    July 11, 2015 / 7:40 am

    oops, thanks.

  21. smobey says . . .
    July 12, 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Wow. All those fabulous musicians!
    And then Jimmy Buffet?

  22. kilo says . . .
    July 14, 2015 / 9:14 am

    we are everywhere

  23. Michael Straley says . . .
    July 17, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Fantastic – simply fantastic – what a world we live in where music can be made like this from artists all over and then enjoyed on-line with such high quality and pleasing video.

    Thanks very much.

    Michael

  24. Frankie says . . .
    July 28, 2015 / 6:24 am

    Don’t have to be a “Dead Head ” to appreciate this song !!

  25. Katy says . . .
    August 2, 2015 / 6:15 am

    Can’t share to Pinterest because it says “Invalid image data”

    Love this collaboration of musicians and this song…..wanted to save it for future playing and can’t.

  26. merri says . . .
    August 9, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    what an awesome tribute! let the tears flow!

  27. Ayubu says . . .
    August 14, 2015 / 5:45 am

    Yes, would that not be wonderful?

  28. Don Martel says . . .
    August 17, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    this is my favorite TGD song. this was an amazing tribute to Jerry. i was able to save the post and can listen to it anytime i want. every time i listen to this, i close my eyes and it takes me back to 1995 when i saw The Dead in my home town of Chicago. is there any plans to have this song available on iPod?

  29. Ruby says . . .
    November 4, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Yes.

  30. David says . . .
    November 11, 2015 / 12:46 am

    Keelin Garcia and Tula are both singing melody which IS the lead.

  31. David says . . .
    November 11, 2015 / 12:49 am

    He is FROM Los Angeles, CA.

  32. Bruce CG Gallagher says . . .
    November 23, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Love this ……so beautiful

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