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Performances Song History

Can't You Hear Me Knocking

Music/Lyrics: Jagger/Richards

Vocals: Mike, Trey

Original Artist: The Rolling Stones

Original Album: Sticky Fingers (1971)

Debut: 1984-11-03

Historian: Craig DeLucia; Mockingbird Staff

Plenty of fans have heard this song jammed at a Phish show and never even realized it. Pop in your copy of Slip, Stitch, and Pass and listen to the little jam that closes “Weekapaug Groove” and then start digging through your shows to find other versions!

Phish played long, jammed-out versions of “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” at some of their earliest shows (11/3/84 and 5/3/85) but then the song fell out of the live repertroire. Starting in 1994 the band brought back the ending jam, usually as a tag ending to “Weekapaug” (see 10/21/9411/4/94, and the wonderful 7/22/97). Other appearances include the closing of the “Down with Disease” reprise on 11/27/96, “Stash” on 4/13/94, and the debut of “46 Days” on 1/2/03. Trey also played “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” with Dave Matthews and Friends on 1/16/04.

Fans hoping to hear Phish play a complete version of "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking" might have had their hopes up when Sticky Fingers was among the 99 albums under consideration for the Halloween set at Festival 8. Alas, it was a near miss, as the band chose to cover Exile on Main St instead. 

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