Phish.net > Charts > Narration Chart: "Mockingbird", 1996-10-31

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TREY: Welcome Everybody to the Omni Halloween Extravaganza. Glad you could make it... You know it was a Halloween night just like this, many many years ago one night, when Colonel Forbin, who is this song i’m singing about, found himself climbing up the mountain in Gamehendge, trying to find the great and knowledgeable Icculus. He was doing this, as most of you know, because, for those of you don’t, the place where he came from, Gamehendge, that we all know about, was in mass disrepair. Evil spirits had taken over Gamehendge.

Here he was, climbing up this mountain. As he climbed up the mountain, some strange things began to happen. He’s climbing up, putting one hand up above the next, grabbing onto these craggy rock outcropping, coming up. As he climbs up, the whole mountain starts to begin to shake underneath him, and crumbling, so rocks are coming down all over his head, tumbling down, tumbling rocks, tumbling down rocks.

The rocks, coming in like big huge boulders, coming down, leaving holes in the mountain until the mountain actually starts to take the shape of the face of the Great and Knowledgeable Icculus. But, what was really weird about this particular night, was that as he was climbing up, and he sees the mountain starting to crumble beneath him, becoming the face of the Great and Knowledgeable Icculus. He looks up into the face, and he realizes he’s looking up into the giant face of David Byrne himself. He starts to get scared. He looks up. He sees that David Byrne is wearing the big suit with the shoulders, rocks coming off, and David Byrne looks down at Colonel Forbin and starts to do that weird dance that he used to do. As he’s doing it, with one flip of the hand, he accidentally hits Colonel Forbin and sends him flying up into the air.

Colonel Forbin finds himself floating up in space, in the blackness, flung by David Byrne’s hand, floating around in space, in the stars. And, as he flies up there he figures what am i gonna do to get outta this? So, he suddenly remembers the Famous Mockingbird who is gonna come flying out. He thinks I’ll just grab onto the back of the Famous Mockingbird when he goes by, and then off in the distance he sees the Famous Mockingbird coming towards him. He thinks, “I’m safe,. I’m gonna get on the back of the Famous Mockingbird and fly down to safety.”

The Famous Mockingbird comes toward him to save him. As it gets closer and closer, what he doesn’t realize is that this Famous Mockingbird is a different Famous Mockingbird, and as he comes closer he sees that he is the evil Halloween Spirit Famous Mockingbird, the killing death Famous Mockingbird, the horrible Famous Mockingbird. The Mockingbird comes by and starts to peck out his eyes, pulling the eyeballs out of his body, leaving his body flinging through space, and then the Mockingbird flies off towards Gamehendge with the eyeballs of Colonel Forbin. He flies off into the distance, leaving the Helping Friendly Book right where it is, because this is Halloween...
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