Phish.net > Charts > Narration Chart: "Mockingbird", 1992-03-31

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TREY: I can see by the bewildered looks on some of your faces that you don’t know exactly what we’re talking about in this song, and i’m going to tell you. Picture if you will right now that we are leaving this building, that we’re drifting off, and that we’re really a bunch of troubadours here from a place called Gamehendge, which is far far away from here, way over the hills. It’s a beautiful area. Picture if you will, you’re floating above this green forest, this lush green tropical forest that spreads out as far as you can see. And, there’s a huge mountain coming up out of the forest.

These people live in this forest, these innocent people called the Lizard people. So here we are in Gamehendge. You’ve got the Lizards hanging out in this thing, they’re living in peace and harmony with nature, and they have a great book that they read called the Helping Friendly Book. It gives them, it tells them how to run their life, teaches them all the knowledge they need to live in peace and harmony with the universe. So here they are, living here in Gamehendge with this book.

Once a year, they go out into this green field that stretches away from the forest, and they pray to this great god, Icculus. One of the first songs we did tonight, called “Divided Sky,” that’s the prayer that they do -- “divided sky, the wind blows high.” They go out from this forest and pray.

The point of this story here, what’s going on, is that this guy called Wilson came to Gamehendge, and we also did that song in this set. Wilson stole the Helping Friendly Book from the people of Gamehendge and enslaved all these people, put up a huge castle in the middle of the forest, chopped down all the trees, hid the book in the highest tower of the castle. These people can’t live without the book so he’s got them enslaved.

Right now, in this song, we’ve got a guy called Colonel Forbin, and Colonel Forbin has come into Gamehendge and seen this horrible situation. He wants to save the Lizard people so he’s helped them organize a revolution, and everything they’ve tried has failed. There’s only one thing left they can do.

Colonel Forbin has decided to climb the great mountain stretching over in the distance, and he’s going to try and find the Great and Knowledgeable Icculus. He’s going to ask Icculus to help the Lizard people by calling on the Famous Mockingbird. The Famous Mockingbird comes flying out of the sky and lands on Icculus’s shoulder. Icculus tells the Famous Mockingbird to go to the castle of evil King Wilson, steal the book, and bring it back to the people of Gamehendge, thereby freeing them to live in peace and tranquility with the universe once again.

So this is him, right now, he’s coming, the Famous Mockingbird...
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