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Words by Robert Hunter
Music by Jerry Garcia

Reprinted with permissions copyright Ice Nine Publishing

First known performance: December 19, 1969, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco by the Grateful Dead.

There are 15 known live performances, all in 1969-1970, after which it was dropped from the repertoire.



Mason died on Monday
We bricked him in the wall
All his children grew and grew
They never grew so tall before
They may never grow so tall again

We dug him up on Tuesday
He'd hardly aged a day
Taught us all we ever knew
We never knew so much before
We may never know so much again

Mason was a mighty man
A mighty man was he
All he said: when I'm dead and gone
don't you weep for me

The wall collapsed on Wednesday
We chalked it up to fate
All his children ran and hid
We never hid so well before
Swore we'd never show our face again

Thursday came and Friday
with fires tall and bright
Mason's children cooked the stew
and cleaned up when the feast was through
Swore we'd never had such times before

Take me to the Reaper Man
to pay back what was loaned
If he's in some other land
write it off as stoned

Mason was a mighty man
A mighty man was he
All he said: when I'm dead and gone
don't you weep for me

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Hunter's note in the Box of Rain anthology says:

"An unrecorded GD song dealing obliquely with Altamont."

Mason
Possibly a reference to the order of Freemasons?

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