|Originally Performed By||Phish|
|Vocals||Trey (lead), All (backing)|
Prior to appearing on Big Boat, “Running Out of Time,” circulated as an outtake from the Round Room sessions (as “Running Scared”). The song is by all indications a song about someone coming to terms with addiction. Whereas earlier Trey compositions like “Push On Till the Day” seemed to glorify what can euphemistically be called the rock and roll lifestyle, “Running Out of Time” paints a picture of a more troubled person, though the song is devoid of the implicit judgment in a song like “Gone,” written years later."Running Scared" Round Room Outakes
The Round Room version is almost a demo… a half-baked song on an album of not-entirely-baked ideas, as if Trey didn’t know what to do with the song on a musical or personal level. From there, the song was put on ice for the better part of fourteen years until it emerged at a soundcheck on 7/1/16. It would not be played that night or at all on the summer 2016 tour. The seemingly random appearance finally made sense upon the release of the more polished version on Big Boat (featuring an oh-so-brief guitar solo and even a few bars of whistling, but dropping the “never been chosen” verse”). It’s difficult to see where the song fits in the Phish repertoire. Trey may have solved the mystery of how to finish the song, but was apparently unable to solve the placement riddle, at least so far. That’s ok, though; it’s not as if they’re running out of time.
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