RIPPLE. Robert Hunter, wrote this song in 1970 in London in the same afternoon he wrote "Brokedown Palace" and "To Lay Me Down" (reputedly also drinking an entire bottle of retsina in the process). The song debuted August 18, 1970 at Fillmore West in San Francisco. Like many folk songs, "Ripple" addresses itself as a song and an instrument of the performers' emotional expression. Several lines throughout the song echo the 23rd Psalm of the Bible.
The Grateful Dead inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. During the ceremony (in which Jerry showed up in the form of a cardboard cut out!) Phil said "Sometimes you don't merely have to endure. You can prevail."