Reach out your hand if your cup be empty, if your cup is full may it be again.

Robert Hunter

Some Grateful Dead lyrics are pure poetry, like this one from the song “Ripple” off the 1970 album “American Beauty.” In the song, the cupbearer is reaching out to an ethereal fountain that seems to represent the kindness of others. The line, written by the band’s enigmatic lyricist, Robert Hunter, is a beautiful expression of generosity. It suggests a simple, genuine wish for a friend’s happiness, and a willingness to help.