|Song by Bonnie Dobson|
|from the album Bonnie Dobson at Folk City|
"Morning Dew", also known as "(Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew", is a contemporary folk song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bonnie Dobson. The lyrics relate a fictional conversation in a post-nuclear holocaust world. Originally recorded live as a solo performance, Dobson's vocal is accompanied by her finger-picked acoustic guitar playing.
In 1962, "Morning Dew" was included on the live Bonnie Dobson at Folk City album. Subsequently, the song was recorded by other contemporary folk and rock musicians, including the Grateful Dead, who adapted it using an electric rock-ensemble arrangement for their debut album.
Background and lyrics
The song is a dialogue between the last man and woman left alive following an apocalyptic catastrophe. Dobson stated that the inspiration for "Morning Dew" was the film On the Beach, which is about the survivors of virtual global annihilation by nuclear holocaust. Dobson wrote the song while staying with a friend in Los Angeles; she recalled how the guests at her friend's apartment were speculating about a nuclear war's aftermath and "after everyone went to bed, I sat up and suddenly I just started writing this song [although] I had never written [a song] in my life". In 1961, Dobson premiered "Morning Dew" at the inaugural Mariposa Folk Festival and a live recording appeared on Dobson's At Folk City album in 1962. In 1969, she recorded a studio version for her self-titled album.
The earliest release of a studio version of "Morning Dew" was on the 1964 self-titled album by the Goldebriars, using the title "Come Walk Me Out" and without giving songwriter credit to Dobson. It was followed about a month later by a recording by singer and guitarist Fred Neil with Vince Martin, for their album Tear Down The Walls. Tim Rose followed with a version for his self-titled debut album; according to Dobson, "all Tim Rose did was take Freddie Neil's changes". Dobson claimed she never met Rose, but she received 75% songwriting royalty as she retains sole writing credit for the song's music.
"Morning Dew" became part of the Grateful Dead's repertoire after frontman Jerry Garcia was introduced to the Fred Neil recording by roadie Laird Grant in 1966. The group first played the song as their opening number at the Human Be-In in January 1967; the same month the group recorded it for their self-titled debut album, which was released that March.
The British pop singer Lulu made a version of "Morning Dew" in her album Love Loves To Love Love produced by John Paul Jones, in 1967. With Rod Stewart on vocals, the Jeff Beck Group recorded a version on their 1968 album Truth that carried over some aspects of the Tim Rose version, including the bass part. Scottish rockers Nazareth covered the song on their 1971 debut in a version with an extended arrangement similar to the Jeff Beck Group's, and released a single version the following year. Long John Baldry did "Morning Dew" on his self-titled 1980 release and released it as a single the same year. The German band Einstürzende Neubauten included too a version of "Morning Dew" in their album Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala of 1987.
Cleveland, Ohio rock band Damnation of Adam Blessing covered Morning Dew on their 1969 self-titled debut. Morning Dew was also performed by Duane and Greg Allman on their album released by Bold records.
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Come Walk Me Out - Previously "Morning Dew"
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