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The Grateful Dead: Touch of Grey Meaning

Song Released: 1987


Touch of Grey Lyrics

Paint by numbermorning sky looks so phony.
Dawn is breaking everywhere, light a candle, curse the glare
Draw the curtains I don't care, 'cause it's all right
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive.

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    anonymous
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    Apr 8th, 4:08pm report


    What's the point of it all?



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    anonymous
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    Sep 21st, 2013 9:28pm report


    This song has always sounded to me what depression feels like. "Paint-by-number morning sky looks so phony...Light the candles/curse the glare/draw the curtains I don't care cause/it's all right" pretty well describes a depressed person's inability to face to day and disillusionment with the world. The It's all right refrain resonates especially, since most people will try to hide their defeating pain.

    I feel there's a lot of detail about things that are going wrong, responsibilities that haven't been fulfilled, and a general loss of hope. At the end of every grievance, the refrain of "it's alright/I will get by" expresses the struggle of surviving in a world where the cracks are all that can be seen. Even finding a little touch of grey in every silver lining is kind of how depression feels. But by ending it with "WE will get by," there is a sense that one can survive through feeling that terrible. The last stanza, where the lyrics say "a touch of grey/kind of suits you anyway" is weirdly what I always wanted to hear when I felt my most depressed. Like saying "Even though you're sad and hate everything, I still like you" from a good friend.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 4th, 2011 12:33am report


    Hello, I enjoy this song a lot, only becomes it sort of reminds me of my life. I feel that this song depicts what everyone has to deal with in life. We try are best to find a good wage and make a happy home for our family. "All the abc's we all must face"...go to college, get a job, have a family. Sometimes things dont work out so linear, thats life. If you lose your job and your wife does nothing but resent your lazy bum, but think about it you got your list of things you need to do, i see that. Dont forget your best laid plans dont always go that smooth, just remember that every silver lining has a touch of gray. Imperfection is the gray to your silver plans. I had a dog, which made me very happy, then she died, and "the dog has not been feed in years"...Education has been watered down, parents have a hard enough time keeping the food on the table. Good luck, just remember that every silver lining has a touch of gray. bye.




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