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Rubin And Cherise
Jerry Garcia Band Lyrics


Cherise was brushing her long hair gently down
It was the afternoon of carnival as she brushes it gently down
Rubin was strumming his painted mandolin
It was inlaid with a pretty face in jade played in the carnival parade

Cherise was dressing as Pirouette in white
When a fatal vision gripped her tight Cherise beware tonight
Rubin, Rubin 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 my heart you would know it's true
There's none Cherise, except for you, except for you
I'd swear to it on my very soul, If I lie, say I fall down cold

When Rubin played on his painted mandolin
The breeze would pause to listen in before going on its way again
Masquerade began when nightfall finally woke
Like waves against the bandstand, dancers broke to the painted mandolin

Looking out to the crowd who is standing there
Sweet Ruby Claire at Rubin stared, at Rubin stared
She was dressed as Pirouette in red
And her hair hung gently down

The crowd pressed round, Ruby stood as though alone
Rubin'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 Cherise's fate it cut through like a blade

Rubin was playing his painted mandolin
When Ruby froze and turned to stone for the strings played all alone
The voice of Cherise from the face of the mandolin
Singing Rubin, Rubin tell me true for I have no one but you

If you could see my heart you would know it true
There's none Cherise, except for you, except for you
I'd swear to it on my very soul, If I lie, say 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 the streets of New Orleans till dawn
Cherise so lightly in his arms and her hair hung gently down

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JEROME J. GARCIA, ROBERT C. HUNTER

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Carson Marie

Cherise was brushing her long hair gently down
It was the afternoon of carnival as she brushes it gently down
Rubin was strumming his painted mandolin
It was inlaid with a pretty face in jade played in the carnival parade
Cherise was dressing as Pirouette in white
When a fatal vision gripped her tight Cherise beware tonight
Rubin, Rubin 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 my heart you would know it's true
There's none Cherise, except for you, except for you
I'd swear to it on my very soul, If I lie, say I fall down cold
When Rubin played on his painted mandolin
The breeze would pause to listen in before going on its way again
Masquerade began when nightfall finally woke
Like waves against the bandstand, dancers broke to the painted mandolin
Looking out to the crowd who is standing there
Sweet Ruby Claire at Rubin stared, at Rubin stared
She was dressed as Pirouette in red
And her hair hung gently down
The crowd pressed round, Ruby stood as though alone
Rubin'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 Cherise's fate it cut through like a blade
Rubin was playing his painted mandolin
When Ruby froze and turned to stone for the strings played all alone
The voice of Cherise from the face of the mandolin
Singing Rubin, Rubin tell me true for I have no one but you
If you could see my heart you would know it true
There's none Cherise, except for you, except for you
I'd swear to it on my very soul, If I lie, say 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 the streets of New Orleans till dawn
Cherise so lightly in his arms and her hair hung gently down



All comments from YouTube:

Matthew Bozeman

I saw Jerry a total of 106 times and Ruben and Cherise is my absolute favorite

GreenWeenie

My absolute fave from JG band and in my top 10 of RH lyrics...Bittersweet memories from my youth, but I'm still jamming out...

Rob Greene

Completely jealous awesome song no doubt doesn’t get enough recognition

GEMINI G

WOWW!! I Never Did see jerry before he died, now I've seen Phil lesh & friends , but Never jerry, you are privileged... now my dad seen 73' dark side of the moon in pittsburgh,pa, the civic arena had a retractable roof they Hardly Ever use. They opened it Right as ^Time^ started and was So much smoke that went through the roof, It looked like an Atomic Bomb went off he saidd! Mann, right when 'Time'starts too! You can Imagine

midnightmoonright

Imagery is amazing. It needs an animation...With cherise singing as Jade face 😃

Norm G

JGB San Diego Sports Arena 4-18-93...

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Johnathan Cross

This song has an extremely special place in my heart. Every time I hear it I get very happy and very very sad at the same time. A beautiful wonderful song.

GreenWeenie

Exactly...so bittersweet. I remember telling myself often to take the time to look around me and appreciate all the amazing experiences and travels from my late teens into late 20's. I knew it wouldn't last forever and I would look back on those special memories and sometimes the shitty ones too that are often more memorable. especially when you can look back and laugh at whatever chaos it was at the time.

Bryan Craig

I'm playing this the night before I put my 16yrold German Shepherd down😢 He hates cats though. Especially the Cats under my porch🤣 love this song and the album.

Casey Jones

me too. my best friend for over 16 years was my dog named Rubin. now im crying, but everythings going to be alright, its inevitable.

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