Bob Weir & Jerry Garcia – Throwing Stones (Live at the Bridge School Benefit in 1988)

One of the things I’ve always loved about “Throwing Stones” is the sort of “view from space” approach it takes lyrically. A view of us – the human race – from on high.

“A peaceful place or so it looks from space / A closer look reveals the human race / Full of hope full of grace is the human face / But afraid we may lay our home to waste”

Musically, it’s pretty interesting, too. I don’t know if it’s the chord structures or the time signature or what, but it’s always felt like a pretty unique song to me. And then there’s the cool “Samson & Delilah” breakdown in the middle. A solo bridge, if you will.

Here we’ve got Bob and Jerry performing it at a Bridge School Benefit Concert with Rob Wasserman on bass. The three of them manage to give the song a lot of energy and presence. Watch it.