Bonnie Dobson - MORNING DEW

First performance: 30/09/1967


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song at least one time in september 1967
 
1967-09-30 - THE LEFT FOOT, FREEHOLD, NJ (Castiles)
 
With the Castiles at the band’s second gig in the 'left foot' in Freehold. Only 26 minutes of the band’s 60-minute performance exists on the original master tape. Unfortunately, only one song of that show was not recorded (a Springsteen vocal rendition of The Grateful Dead’s arrangement of the Tim Rose/Bonnie Dobson classic 'Morning Dew').The tape included 'one by one'. Keep in mind that only a small amount of setlists of the early years has surfaced, so it may have been played a lot more. One show, double bill, with The Castiles headlining. This was the band’s second gig at the club (see September 16). The 13-song mentioned setlist represents The Castiles’ complete performance at this show, in the correct song sequence. This was The Castiles’ final appearance at The Left Foot. Although having only opened in September 1967, The Left Foot’s popularity dropped dramatically in March 1968 when the larger, trendier Freehold Hullabaloo club opened nearby. The Left Foot closed for good in April 1968.
 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Morning Dew", also known as "(Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew", is a post-apocalyptic folk rock song written by Canadian folk singer Bonnie Dobson and made famous by the Grateful Dead. The song is a dialogue between the last man and woman left alive following an apocalyptic catastrophe: Dobson has stated that the initial inspiration for "Morning Dew" was the film On the Beach which is focused on the survivors of virtual global annihilation by nuclear holocaust.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce on 'the grateful dead' in his autobiography :
 
"In the 1970s I went to a Grateful Dead show at a community college. I watched the crowd swaying and doing it's trance-dance thing and I stood very outside of it. To me--sober, non-mystical, only half hippie, if that, me - they sounded like a not-very talented bar band. I went home gently mystified. I don't know if they were great but I know the did something great. Years later, when I came to appreciate their subtle musicality, Jerry Garcia's beautifully lyrical guitar playing and the folk purity of their voices, I understood that I missed it. They had a unique ability to build community and sometimes, it ain't what you're doing but what happens while you are doing it that counts."
 
 

Lyrics

Take me for a walk in the morning dew, my honey
Take me for a walk me in the morning dew, my love
You can't go walking in the morning dew today
You can't go walking in the morning dew today

But listen! I hear a man moaning, "Lord."
I know I hear a man moaning, "Lord."
You didn't hear a man moan at all
You didn't hear a man moan at all

But I know I hear my baby crying, "Mama!"
Yes, I know I hear my baby crying, Mama!"
You'll never hear your baby cry again
You'll never hear your baby cry again

Oh, where have all the people gone?
Won't you tell me where have all the people gone?
Don't you worry about the people anymore
Don't you worry about the people anymore

Take me for a walk in the morning dew, my honey
Take me for a walk me in the morning dew, my love
You can't go walking in the morning dew today
You can't go walking in the morning dew today
You can't go walking in the morning dew today