Silent in the Morning
Vocals: Page (lead), Trey,Mike, Fish (backing)
Historian: Craig DeLucia, Katie Bailey (blackeyedkaty37)
Last Update: 2012-09-08
"Silent" is the coda to the Rift album. As the narrator awakens he begins to question the events he has dreamed and ponders the fate of his relationship. While “Silent” is a short, non-jamming song, many fans appreciate it because it is an opportunity for Page to show off his voice. Also, the counterpoint harmonies add a nice vocal touch to the song.
“Silent” is usually played on the heels of its companion, “The Horse.” However, there have been five occurances where this has not been the case. On 5/30/93, "Silent" was played alone for the first time following "Foam." Then on 6/23/94 "Silent" followed "Down with Disease" (perhaps to close the lonely “Horse” from two days earlier). The third occurance of "Silent" without "The Horse" was on 12/13/99 as part of an encore that also included "Heavy Things." By alphabetic necessity, "Silent" made a solo appearance on 9/2/11 as part of the "S" show. Lastly, on 6/17/12, "Silent" was played to complete the aborted version of "The Horse" from the night before. “Silent” was played during four of the six New Year’s Eve shows between 1994 and 1999. If you listen to the shows, you’ll notice that the audience usually cheers with delight when they are reminded that the same thing happened to them "just last year."
There was only a whisper of "Silent" post-hiatus as the song was played a mere two times - once on the Inverted NYE Run (1/2/03) and also on 4/16/04. Since the return of Phish in 2009, "Silent" is no longer suspended in the trees and the resounding echoes continue to grow, as the song has been played over a dozen times, generally as a second set treat.
"The Horse" > "Silent in the Morning" – 6/17/10 Hartford, CT
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