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Performances Song History


Music/Lyrics: Fishman

Vocals: Fish

Debut: 1995-12-15

Historian: David Steinberg (zzyzx)

There are very few mysteries left in the Phish universe. Over-analytical people like yours truly have studied every note the band have played. Every five second tease in a "Tweezer" jam has been notated. And yet, just when you think there's no new horizons in the Phish universe, a random download of a fall 1995 show reveals a brand new song.

This Fishman ditty was played only once, coming out of an instrument switch jam. Jon is the only band member who plays on this song; he sings and plays some piano fills between lines. The song details an ill-fated relationship between two angry people. The enigmatic lyrics lead themselves open to interpretation. One possible reading is that the protagonist finally proposed to his beloved Mallory long after she wanted him to do so, only to turn him down after he wanted to make sure that she wouldn't be too controlling... at which point he decided to get drunk on moonshine.

Is that the meaning of the song? Is the song in fact named "Mallory?" Is there a reason why this was played once in 1995 and then immediately forgotten, seemingly wiped from the minds of those in attendance? Sometimes it's more fun to have the questions than the answers.

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Unibonger Reply
Hey, ZZ. Unibonger here. I would just like to say that it was not forgotten. At least not by me. You can search PT for any number of times I fluffed this show and specifically mentioned the rarity/oddity of this song, as far back as 2001. But then 12.15.95 set 2 is one of my most listened to tapes since only a few days after I attended the show. Anyway, I always wondered wtf this was and this entry provides basically no answers but it's good to see that at least it's now officially recognized in the setlists. Cuz it wasn't there up until like the mid-late 2000's or something.
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zenster Reply
zenster Thanks for sharing !
I will have to listen to this!
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