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Prince Caspian

Also Known As: Fuckerpants

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

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

Albums: Billy Breathes, Live Phish 03, Live Phish 15, Live Phish 16, Hampton/Winston-Salem '97, Ventura

Debut: 1995-06-08

Historian: Craig DeLucia; Mockingbird Staff

Last Update: 2014-01-18

If you recognize the name “Prince Caspian” from outside the realm of Phish, you’re not alone. C.S. Lewis created this mythical prince in his famous Chronicles of Narnia, which have been read and loved by young men and women around the world, and in 2008 was made into a movie. The song’s lyrics speak of a man who yearns to be the boy prince, “afloat upon the waves.”

Fans were not sure what to make of “Caspian” when it first debuted in the summer of 1995. The song featured a pretty melody but seemed a bit repetitive. The band altered the song in the summer of 1996, adding the jam and the false ending that appear on Billy Breathes. While most versions are similar, some worth hearing from 1996 include 8/6 (Red Rocks), 8/12 (flowing into “McGrupp”), and 12/4 (sandwiched in between “Mike’s Song” and “Sparkle”).

“Caspian” was fairly immune to the cow funk jams of 1997, but the band began stretching the jam segment and experimentally linking it with other songs. One interesting combo was “Drowned” into “Caspian”; see 2/28 and 3/18. Fans also enjoyed the “Caspian” to close the third set of The Great Went on 8/17. Other fun versions from 1997 include 11/21 (first-set closer in Hampton) and 12/12 (with a “Llama”-esque jam section that moved into “Izabella.”)

“Caspian” appeared in the midst of a number of full-set jams; see, for example, 11/2612/3, and the third set of New Year’s Eve. This trend continued into 1998 and 1999 and still holds true today. Check out 4/5/987/2/9810/30/987/21/9912/31/997/19/0310/30/09 and 12/29/09 for prime examples. 1998 also brought us another inspired “Drowned,” “Caspian” combo on 11/25/98 and the trend continued at Darien Center, NY on 8/13/09. 1999 brought perhaps the finest version of "Caspian" to date on 7/31/99 from the Field of Heaven Stage at the Fuji Rock Festival in Niigata, Japan. 



Perhaps the most memorable “Caspian,” though, was played on 11/6/98, when a naked guy jumped onto the stage and was taken away by security, followed by a scorching jam segment. This event scarred the band severely enough that some future versions of the song “Carini” included lyrics referencing the event. Witness for yourself:



Fans are still split on their opinions of “Caspian.” Some like the song; others view it as a bathroom break. Still others have dubbed the song “Fuckerpants” to disguise their love for it. There can be little doubt, though, of Trey and Page’s affection for the song. They brought it out on 4/16/99 during the “Phil and Friends” shows. More than one fan has noted that the ensuing jam, which featured delicious guitar work from Trey and Steve Kimock, is perhaps the sweetest “Caspian” jam ever played. It remains to be seen if the effects of this jam can lure more fans to love the song named for a boy who would become King of Narnia.

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Recommended Versions: 1997-06-19, 1998-04-05, 1998-07-20, 1998-12-30, 1999-07-31, 2003-07-27, 2010-07-03, 2012-09-01, 2013-09-01

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007below Reply
007below fuckerpants
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LuckynKentucky Reply
Sad not to see the true one and only best Prince Caspianon here..... The best version of Prince Caspian that I have ever heard was at Big Cypress 1999. I was fortunate enough to be 10 feet from them on the stage deck up on Trey and Mike's left [don't ask how, crazy once in a lifetime story]. If you listen to some of the Prince Caspain recordings throughout 1998 and 1999 Trey had been looking for a particular sound, an apex to a whaling euphoric wave of celebration. The guitar jam on 12/31/1999 reached that point and I was almost standing outside of my body listening to it come right out of their own monitors. Sadly, there seem to be no quality soundboard recordings of this which in my opinion is one of their best jams ever. LivePhish has been holding onto Big Cypress and everything else from 1999 for some reason. Let us have it and relive the epic millennium celebration in stunning 256kbs or 320kbs! :-)[/quote]
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LuckynKentucky Reply
Sad not to see the actual best one on here..... The best version of Prince Caspian that I have ever heard was at Big Cypress 1999. I was fortunate enough to be 10 feet from them on the stage deck up on Trey and Mike's left [don't ask how, crazy once in a lifetime story]. If you listen to some of the Prince Caspain recordings throughout 1998 and 1999 Trey had been looking for a particular sound, an apex to a whaling euphoric wave of celebration. The guitar jam on 12/31/1999 reached that point and I was almost standing outside of my body listening to it come right out of their own monitors. Sadly, there seem to be no quality soundboard recordings of this which in my opinion is one of their best jams ever. LivePhish has been holding onto Big Cypress and everything else from 1999 for some reason. Let us have it and relive the epic millennium celebration in stunning 256kbs or 320kbs! :-)
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NoFIller Reply
NoFIller Field of Heaven Fuckerpants is unreal. If you like effect-laden sonic sorcery (and who on this site doesn't???) from Trey, spin this one.
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tweezedout Reply
This song's amazing, how can you not feel good, good, good about listening to songs like these?
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nichobert Reply
nichobert Those fans listening to the version with Kimock need to go ahead and step into the Tower Of Heaven.
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