Grateful Dead originated as a theme of stories surrounding a man traveling upon a path and meeting upon death or a life threatening debt. Another man comes along and pays the strangers debt, buries the dead man, pays for his burial, or pays his debts enabling his proper burial. In any case, the restless soul is laid to rest and the protagonist continues about his way only to find himself in peril. At this time, his life is spared by the spirit or effects of the dead man or the heroic actions of the freed man from earlier in the story.
You go to a Grateful Dead Show, but you have no ticket because you blew all your cash smoking out your recently divorced Deadhead buddy. You stand around all day getting stoned for free with your index finger in the air and some gorgeous little hippy chick comes up to you and kisses you on the lips and gives you a free ticket to the show....You, your divorcee buddy, and the cute chick with extra tickets all dance like the Wizard of Oz, hand in hand, up the ramp into the concert. 20 years later you and your Deadhead buddy are talking about the time you and he and his wife met at the Dead Show....
by j bob evans September 18, 2007
The most awesome band that has ever existed. No band ever has or ever will be better than them. We miss you.

Rest In Peace
Jerry Garcia
Ron "Pigpen" Mckernan
Keith Godchaux
Brent Mydland

Each lost before his time.
Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Ron "Pigpen" Mckernan, Tom Constanen, Keith Godchaux, Donna Godchaux, Brent Mydland, Bruce Hornsby, and Vince Welnick are all the members of the Grateful Dead throughout their years.
by Asorfa March 15, 2006
To quote the boys themselfs "Beyond Definition"
That Grateful Dead Sure Eases My Sole!
by listen to the dead June 18, 2005
a very popular hippie rock band that kicked ass from 65 to 95 and still kicks ass for any true fans...

music that can be listened to by anybody (not only stoners, psyconauts, and coke heads..) and be highly enjoyed.

Grateful Dead was "a band out on the highway"..
"they high stepped into town"..
"it was a rainbow full of sound"..

"they're a band beyond discription"......

it was "just a box of rain"..
they were "drivin that train, high on cocaine"..

then jerry garcia decided to "leave this brokedown palace"..
and the rest of the group said "fare you well"
by Mason Grode August 21, 2006
The Best Band EVER. Period. End of story.

More specifically, a jam band whose music combined rock, folk, blues, bluegrass, psychadelia, country, jazz, and gospel, along with an indescribable sort of magical purity that is apparent to almost anyone who actually takes the timeto listen to it, but is mostly noticed by hippies, stoners, and liberals, all of which I identify with. As a side note, jackasses, bastards, conservative douchebags, mindless capitalist minions, and many people who voted for Bush are immune to this effect.

Members of the Grateful Dead included Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, and of course, Jerry Garcia, may he rest in peace. Some of their better songs are "Jack Straw," "Fire on the Mountain," "Scarlet Begonias," "Friend of the Devil," "Sugar Magnolia," "Cassidy," "Sugaree," "Samson & Delilah," "Box of Rain," Eyes of the World," "The Wheel," "Ramble on Rose," and "Playing in the Band." Their best albums are Terrapin Station, Europe '72, Blues for Allah, Steal your Face, Shakedown Street, and Aoxomoxoa (if only for the album cover.) One major aspect of the Grateful Dead that is dificult to classify was their customized sound system, the Wall of Sound. This sound system had a seperate speaker for each instrument, and was designed so that the music could be heard over half a mile away with minimal degradation. Due to a combination of the Wall of Sound, the evolving nature of the Dead's songs, and their tendency to jam for long periods of time during concerts, the Dead experience was infinitely better live.

Though nearly anyone can enjoy the Grateful Dead, to truly understand the worlds behind the words, one must either be raised on it or attend a few Folk Festivals.

By the way, the people who said that the Dead are "Proof that if you give enough people LSD they'll totally love bad country music." and "an insidious LSD cult... infidelic pagan hippie scum... a tool of the government... etc." should rot in hell for all eternity and have a vat of acid poured into their eyes drop by drop, the cock-sucking assholes.
Any Hippie: "Want to go listen to Blues for Allah and watch the tide come in?"
Any Other Hippie: "Sure, the Grateful Dead are my heroes. Can I bring weed?"
Any Hippie: "Got some, just grab a bowl, some Doritos, and six cream sodas."
Any Other Hippie: "Cool."
by Randall Anderson March 22, 2007
Just drop about 200ug of acid and listen to "Terrepin Station" till you peak, then switch to "Eyes of the World." That's what the Grateful Dead is.

And it helps if you're laying down in the grass on the edge of a lake/ocean/large body of water watching the sunset. I would also highly recommend checking out the clouds and look out for the bats...they're everywhere.
"Acid is one hell of a drug" -Me telling Brett my feelings about that day^^^ summed up in the simplest words LSD allows for.
by BeAverHed May 25, 2005
A band that actually worked for a living. They usually toured at least seven months out of a given year. They only released records to make enough money to cover their excessent touring. They are from a bygone era when music was fun and represented freedom, and even though became multi-millionaires, they were never into it for the money or they would have released more polished, accessible albums.
Let's get a twelver and sit on the hill and listen to the Grateful Dead.....dude!
by Joe Kritchell May 09, 2008

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