|Originally Performed By||Trey Anastasio|
“Peggy” tells the story of a potential Hoarders subject who carries a torch for 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, Peggy Fleming, that falls somewhere between innocent crush and Robert De Niro-in-Taxi Driver obsession. Plumbing the story more than that probably yields more questions than answers. Why the obsession with Peggy Fleming? Why was the poster defaced? Why does the protagonist own a lemming (or, in any event, a cage bought for a lemming)? And that’s to say nothing about the presence of CDs: are they an anachronism or an indication that the protagonist has a thing for... a more mature Peggy?
In fact, if it weren’t for the delightfully peculiar subject matter, perhaps the essence of “Peggy” would be easier to appreciate: “Peggy” is one of the more accessible and catchy pop songs from Trey and Tom. Making its debut during Trey’s solo, acoustic set on 8/2/08 at the Newport Folk Festival and appearing at roughly half of 2008 TAB shows, “Peggy” seemed well on it’s way toward entering the Phish rotation. Puzzlingly, the song disappeared when Phish returned in 2009. “Peggy” never did grace the Phish stage and has made only two more appearances at TAB shows, both augmented by the flute stylings of Russell Remmington. In addition to the aforementioned acoustic debut, fans should seek out the electric debut five days later on 8/7/08 and the fantastic acoustic TAB rendition from New York’s Terminal 5 on 2/22/11.
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