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I Found a Reason

Music/Lyrics: Lou Reed

Vocals: Trey (lead), Mike (second lead), Fish, Page (backing)

Original Artist: The Velvet Underground

Original Album: Loaded (1970)

Albums: Live Phish 16

Debut: 1998-10-31

Historian: Mark Toscano

"I Found a Reason” is a sweet song, elegantly composed and arranged, and was very finely sung by Phish at their 10/31/98 show. It was obvious that some fans at the show thought Mike’s spoken refrain halfway through the song was a Phishy invention, a leftover from 1996’s “Seen and Not Seen,” perhaps? But no, the absurdly earnest, tongue-in-cheek confession was one of the original track’s defining moments.

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