Phish.net > Charts > Narration Chart: "Mockingbird", 1995-12-01

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TREY: A brief history of this planet here is what we’re going to do right now, a brief history of this planet that you’re standing on. It’s floating around through space. There was a time when human beings were a little bit younger younger, the time of the ancient Greeks, when philosophy, science, and religion were all one thing. It’s hard to imagine now because things have gone in different directions, but there was a time when philosophy, science, and religion were the same thing in the time of the ancient Greeks.

You had one word that covered all of these different fields, and it was basically a quest for the knowledge of the way things work in general. What happened was at some point in time science and religion split off in two different... paths of thought, okay? So, you’ve got your human beings on the planet, and what happens is you ended with a Western style of thought and an Eastern style of thought. Okay?

In the Eastern style of thought everything is one, and everything kind of blends together into one whole, holistic, organic view. In the Western style of thought, you’ve got matter and you’ve got spirit, two different kinds of things which gives rise to modern concepts of religion and all that stuff. So, what really happened here is you’ve got two different styles of thought. Everything’s organic: the Eastern style of thought grew and lots of things came out of the Eastern style of thought that are very important.

For instance, through the Eastern style of thought you ended up with a proliferation of cows [pause]. And, from that proliferation of cows came a proliferation of milk. And from that milk: Milk chocolate. [“Mockingbird” music returns] That’s right, and that’s how we came up with the Mystical Land of Chocolate. What a great thing. Where do we begin without the Land, without the Mystical Land of Chocolate. [voice like Homer Simpson] Mmmmm, chocolate.

Lots of things came out of the Western side of thought, too, but something came before any of this, before this horrible split in the concept of philosophy and religion. It was a much earlier time. Right now, there still remains only one place in the universe where philosophy, science, and religion are all one thing. And, it isn’t the Land of Chocolate, it’s Gamehendge.

You see, in Gamehendge they had a different kind of advantage because someone was smart enough -- and that someone was the Great and Knowledgeable Icculus -- to write it all down while it was still all one thing, right? So, it’s all written down and it’s written down in the book, and the book of course is called The Helping Friendly Book, but someone lost The Helping Friendly Book. Somebody -- and that person, the Evil King Wilson -- came and took this book. So, right now Gamehendge could be the only place left in the universe where science, philosophy, and religion are still one huge concept if it wasn’t for Evil King Wilson. So come with us now as we follow the path of Colonel Forbin, who climbs the mountain.

He looks down at the Rhombus, the Rhombus that can be found in… King of Prussia. Some of you have been asking me: “Where is the Rhombus?” We’ve given you all the hints you need to find the Rhombus. Go to King of Prussia, find Wilson Drive, and start walking. Walk until you think that you’re there, and when you think that you’re there, you’re not there yet. So, just keep walking.

Anyway, Colonel Forbin is climbing up the mountain right now -- I’ve given you the biggest hint I’ve ever given. Colonel Forbin is climbing up the mountain right now and he’s trying to get to the Great and Knowledgeable Icculus, who is going to help him get The Helping Friendly Book back, give it back to the people of Gamehendge, and hopefully they will be able to get back to the organic, green and black blob of goodness floating through the universe that they had many years ago.

So I hope you’re all with me in following this story, if not? Ask the guy next to you. This is the Famous Mockingbird, coming out of the sky at last...
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