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REUBEN AND CERISE (Words by Robert Hunter / Music by Jerry Garcia) The Grateful Dead Cerise was brushing her long hair gently down It was the afternoon of carnival as she brushes it gently down Reuben was strumming the painted mandolin It was inlaid with a pretty face in jade Played the Carnival Parade Cerise was dressing as Pirouette in white when a fatal vision gripped her tight Cerise beware tonight Reuben, Reuben tell me truly true I feel afraid and I don't know why I do Is there another girl for you? If you could see in my heart you would know it's true there is none Cerise except for you except for you I swear to it on my very soul If I lie may I fall down cold When Reuben played the painted mandolin the breeze would stop to listen in before going its way again Masquerade began when nightfall finally woke Like waves against the bandstand dancers broke to the painted mandolin Looking out on the crowd, who is standing there? Sweet Ruby Claire at Reuben stared At Reuben stared She was dressed as Pirouette in red and her hair hung gently down The crowd pressed round Ruby stood as though alone Reuben's song took on a different tone and he played it just for her The song he played was the Carnival Parade Each note cut a thread of Cerise's fate It cut through like a blade Reuben was playing the painted mandolin When Ruby froze and turned to stone for the strings played all alone The voice of Cerise from the face of the mandolin singing: Reuben, Reuben tell me true for I have no one but you If you could see in my heart you would know it's true There is none Cerise, except for you -except for you I swear to it on my very soul If I lie, may I fall down cold (***) The truth of love an unsung song must tell The course of love must follow blind without a look behind Rubin walked through the streets of New Orleans 'till dawn, Cerise so lightly in his arms and her hair hung gently down ***** these additional verses connect at the asterisks(***) and replace the original ending verse Ahoy old Ferryman Riverboat of Charron ride Though alive, take Reuben to the other side For his sweet Cerise has died It's a long lonely walk from Hell to the burying ground Cerise may return but don't you look around for your glance would cut her down The truth of love an unsung song must tell The course of love must follow blind but Reuben looked behind Reuben walked the streets of New Orleans till dawn with the ghost of Cerise in his empty arms and her hair hung gently down

    


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