The Power of a Song: “Touch of Grey”

The Robert Hunter-penned lyrics to “Touch of Grey” have served the Grateful Dead and fans both casual and rabid well over the years. Hunter wrote the lyrics in 1980 for an album he never completed; when writing partner Jerry Garcia saw it, he created the uptempo tune that many of us can now even better relate to. The Dead first played it in 1982 and finally recorded it for In the Dark in 1987. As the lead single, it became a smash almost every rock fan knows.

The new video bursting with talent takes “Touch of Grey” to another level, featuring Billy StringsJeff ChimentiLindsay Ell, Trombone ShortyMaking Noise, Don WasJay LaneDavid HidalgoSteve BerlinLouie PerezShira EliasMark Rivers and a host of school children; the project was sponsored by Little Kids Rock and the Rex Foundation, working to preserve school music programs nationwide.

Cameron Sears, executive director of Rex Foundation, offered:

Music is a powerful healing force – a lesson taught to us over and over again by the Grateful Dead, particularly in “Touch Of Grey.” We are proud to once again support Little Kids Rock, who continues to lead the charge in helping build inclusive music programs in schools across the country.


“We will get by, we will survive”


Rex Foundation
Little Kids Rock

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