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Performances Song History

The Practical Song

Music/Lyrics: Phish

Debut: 1988-09-12

Historian: Ellis Godard

This curious original is quite a rarity, with only two known performances, on 9/12/88 and 5/26/89. When one realizes the origins of the song – it was made up on the spot to extend the band’s set – one may cease questioning its absence from Phish’s current live show. 

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