Over the years I've heard lots of stories about how the dead got their name. Yesterday I was reading another interview where Jerry casually recounts the familiar tale that they needed to find a new name because they heard another band was also using the name "The Warlocks". They pull out Phil's dictionary, flip open the page, and blamo! There are the words "Grateful Dead". Many stories I've heard/read recount this as happening under the influence of DMT, the other words simply melted off of the page, etc. According to this interview, they didn't even like the name, but it just sorta stuck. Contrast and juxtiposition, enough to repel the casual onlooker and parents alike. Apparently, the dictionary that they used defined it as a folk tale about a wanderer who comes accross a dead man villagers refused to bury on account of his debt. The stranger pulled a coin out of his pocket to cover his burial. A few hours later, the stranger meets a man on the road who bestows upon him incredible wealth. The man turned out to be the one the stranger paid to bury. BUT CHECK THIS ONE OUT: A quote from the Egyptian Book of the Dead: "We now return our souls to the creator, as we stand on the edge of eternal darkness. Let our chant fill the void in order that others may know. In the land of the night the ship of the sun is drawn by the grateful dead." For some reason, in the 11 years that I have really been into the dead, I have never read that fantastic quote. So, did the boys consciously choose a name with a double meaning, both of which playfully acknowledge their role, or was it syncronicity?