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 #4823  by acrossthelazyriver
 Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:11 pm
Anyone have any tips on how to play this? The two versions that I have are 11/11/73 and 10/19/73. It seems to be some sort of descending progression of A fragments (?) leading into an Emaj chord.
 #85288  by Chasing Light Beams
 Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:20 pm
i love answering forgotten posts. i would say there is a better position to play it in, but i haven't played around with it yet. say thanks to "james" even though the album is called baron von tollbooth, and is not obscure or out of print, i didn't know the mccartney stuff, that's pretty cool.

found this here: ... 35638.html

Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2002 13:42:38 EST
Subject: g/grateful_dead/mind_left_body_jam.crd

music by the Grateful Dead
played regularly during 1973 and 1974
transcribed by James

This origin of this jam has long been unknown. The current name given to it
is a reference to "You Mind has Left Your Body," a song from an obscure and
I believe out-of-print album by the Jefferson Airplane. However, it is a
basic and not very original chord progression and does not need to be
derivative of any source. It's very likely that Weir came up with the chords
during a jam. However, if I may suggest an alternative source, these chords
are the same as the intro to the Paul McCartney song "Man We Was Lonely" off
his first solo album, 1970's "McCartney." On this same album is another
song the Dead would play years later, "That Would Be Something," so we can be
sure that Garcia was familiar with the album.

A7 D(add 9) Dm(add 9) A

Rock n Roll change: E
 #134336  by JDarks
 Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:18 pm
Mind Left Body Jam

Dead played in various key signatures

A descending line: E, D#, D, C# with a pedal tone A

A Mixolydian scale works over walkdown
E Major scale over E (with the Jerry "use everything else, too")

In A:
A7 Adim7 Dm/A A E
 #134342  by TI4-1009
 Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:22 pm
THE J Darks??! Welcome man! I second the thanks- when I'm looking for Dead tabs I'm usually flipping channels between here and your site. Did I say thanks?
 #134355  by dleonard
 Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:12 am
Man, I'm gonna spend today listening to some '74 stuff. That 2nd Mind Left Body Jam was great. What's going on before the actual MLB chords, though? Sounds like Jerry is doing some diminished stuff and Weir is playing standard chords.

JDarks! Loved your story about selling the posters at the Spectrum. :lol: