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Performances Song History

Sad Lisa

Vocals: Sarah McLachlan, Trey (lead)

Original Artist: Cat Stevens

Original Album: Tea For the Tillerman (1970)

Debut: 1998-10-18

Historian: Erik Swain

This Cat Stevens ballad was the first of three cover-song collaborations with guest stars that closed Phish’s set at the second day of the 1998 Bridge School Benefit. Following “Brian and Robert,” Sarah McLachlan joined the band to perform this duet with Trey. Following "Sad Lisa" Neil Young joined Phish and McLachlan for Ian Tyson’s “Four Strong Winds” and Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” Despite some deft and delicate acoustic playing by Trey and Page in this version, “Sad Lisa” has not resurfaced in Phish’s repertoire.

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