I Will Take You Home by Grateful Dead

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‘I Will Take You Home’ was written by Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland as a lullaby to his daughters Jennifer and Jessica. 

The style of the song was influenced by the music of The Eagles. 

Brent Mydland passed away from an accidental drug overdose on July 26, 1990. He had played his last performance with Grateful Dead only 3 days before his death. 

This photo was taken performing on stage with his daughter Jessica on June 16, 1990. 

Source: Dead.net (The Official Site of Grateful Dead).

 

Brent Mydland Grateful Dead Keyboardist with his daughter Jessica

Lyrics

Little girl lost
In a forest of dreams.
It’s a dark old wood
And it’s damp with dew.
Hoot owl hoots
For a moment it seems
Something big and cold
Got a hold of you.
Just when everything gets scary,
Daddy’s come ’round for his darlin’ again.
Hold my hand with your little fingers.
Daddy’s loving arms gonna gather you in.
Ain’t no way the bogeyman can get you,
You can close your eyes, the world is gonna let you,
Your daddy’s here and never will forget you,
I will take you home.
I will take you home.
Gonna carry you back home
In my arms.
I will take you home.
Long is the road
We must travel on down.
Short are the legs
That will struggle behind.
I wish i knew for sure
Just where we’re bound,
What we will be doin’
And what we’re gonna find.
Wherever we go, there will be birds to cheer you
Flowers to color in the fields around.
Wherever we go, I’ll be right here near you
You can’t get lost when you’re always found.
Ain’t no fog that’s thick enough to hide you
Your daddy’s gonna be right here beside you
If your fears should start to get inside you.
I will take you home.
I will take you home.
Gonna carry you back home
In my arms.
I will take you home.
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Songwriters: John Barlow / Brent Richard Mydland
I Will Take You Home lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc