The Only Time Is Now
Dave Parker / Jerry Garcia / Bill Kreutzmann / Phil Lesh / Ron McKernan / Bob Weir

The Only Time Is Now was performed by the Grateful Dead in 1966. A studio demo, recorded in November 1965, is included on the Golden Road box set and Birth Of The Dead CD.

The writing credit for this song on the Birth Of The Dead CD is for the Grateful Dead. In a 2011 interview with David Gans, David Nelson said that the lyrics were written by Dave Parker who had been in Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions and later became the Grateful Dead's financial manager.

On setlists and tapes this song was originally given the title Walking In The Sun. This title is used, for the want of more accurate information, on the Fire Dept cover of the song.

The Only Time Is Now was played by Phil Lesh & Friends in January 2015 during a show made up of songs from the early days of the Grateful Dead.

Grateful Dead

info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info The Birth Of The Dead, 2003
info Birth Of The Dead, Vol 1 (The Studio Sessions), 2013
info Complete Studio Rarities Collection, 2013

Other recordings

info Elpee for Another Time, Fire Dept, 1996

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