Sea and Sand
Music/Lyrics: Pete Townsend
Original Artist: The Who
Original Album: Quadrophenia (1973)
Historian: Craig DeLucia
"Sea and Sand" is the inevitable downer the Quadrophenia narrator experiences after the maniacal high of “5:15.” While Jimmy took the train to experience a fantasy love, his reality is in the form of a bitter rejection. This song has been played three times including its Halloween ‘95 debut, and is performed much differently than The Who once did; to the delight of Phish fans everywhere, Page plays the song solo on piano. For the other inspiring versions, seek out 12/31/95 (segues beautifully out of “Weekapaug”) and 7/20/98, which was literally played by the sea and sand at Ventura.