Artist: Grateful Dead
It is fair to say that the Grateful Dead is a polarizing band – either you love the Dead or hate the Dead. There isn’t much of an in-between. Regardless of what you may think of the band and its reputation, doubters must concede that the Grateful Dead is one of the most influential bands in decades.
“Reuben and Cerise,” written by the prolific duo Robert Hunter (words)
and Jerry Garcia (music), is a romance set in New Orleans during Mardi
Gras. The Grateful Dead only played it four times in concert. The sweet, honest lyrics about a romance: Cerise asks, “Reuben, Reuben tell me truly true, / I feel afraid and I don’t know why I do, / Is there another girl for you?” to which Reuben responds, “If you could see my heart, / you would know it’s true, / There is none Cerise except for you.”
By Grace Beehler