"Punch You In The Eye" as written by and Trey Anastasio....
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Come from the North where the oceans freeze
Spent three long months at the open seas
Paddled 'til it seemed I could take no more
Till I hit the ground on Prussia's shores

How was I to know that day
That the winds had swept me Wilson's way
But soon towards me from the East
Came Wilson and his men on multi-beast


Well, it seemed he didn't like my face
And I quickly learned that Prussia was an evil place
They tied me to a chair with a giant clip
And held a piece of paper to my tender nip

Then they tossed the chair in a tiny shack
And told me not to worry 'cause they'd soon be back
But I loosened up the binds where my hands were lashed
And ran towards the cove where my boat was stashed

Singing, "Oh Wilson, someday I'll kill you 'til you die
Oh Wilson, punch you in the eye"


Now Wilson knew that I was loose
I'd surely be subjected to some real abuse
Maybe end up hanging from the nearest tree
So angrily I paddled to the open sea

But the sea was eager to beat me back
And the waves grew huge and deadly black
And the gray clouds rumbled over my head
And I feared in my heart that I'd soon be dead

When the morning came and the storm had passed
The dismal fog began at last
To open up before my eyes
And there I saw to my surprise

Chains and specks of islands curved
Where palm trees dipped and seagulls swerved
Parked my kayak on a stone
And yelled across the ocean to his evil throne

I said, "Oh Wilson, someday I'll kill you 'til you die
Oh Wilson, punch you in the eye
Wilson, kill you 'til you die
Oh Wilson, punch you in the eye"

Lyrics submitted by scheisse

"Punch You In the Eye" as written by Trey Anastasio

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    General CommentPhish is such a great band to put on and jam/trip with your buddies. This is one of my favorites, just bouncing around to the live version instrumentals.
    Mizzle13on February 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so weirdly energetic...it's like brooding, dark energy at the beginning. cool shit.
    deathbearon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about limitations of life and how abusing those limitations of another man can be a crime worse than death.

    The expansive oceans represent unlimited possibilities, so when he says "I come from the land where the oceans freeze," he is suggesting that he lives in such a way that he is never truly free; always a slave to the freezing of the oceans or the orders of other men.

    So when he "paddled until it seemed[he] could take no more," he has effectively tried his hardest to escape the hindrances of his everyday life (drug reference?). But of course, he runs into Wilson, who is this mean old man (there's some allusion here most likely but I don't know what it is.) Wilson proceeds to torture him and control his every action, effectively creating MORE limitations.

    Once the speaker flees from the situation, he sings "Oh Wilson, someday I'll kill you 'til you die. Oh wilson, punch you in the eye." Kill you 'til you die brings an aura of violence and abuse, rather than just saying "kill you". It sort of makes it seem like he (the speaker) is going to make Wilson experience as much misery and pain as possible so much so that he finally just dies. In essence, he wants revenge. I think he wants to "punch [him] in the eye" because he wants to block out Wilson's visibility, effectively blocking out his options and increasing his limitations as Wilson had done to him.

    However, "the sea was eager to beat [him] back," which is similar to the sea freezing in the beginning.

    Interestingly enough, even when the ocean "lets" him escape and he climbs onto the rock, he still wants his revenge against Wilson, most likely because he believes that there is no forgiving what heinous crimes he had committed. The second time the chorus is repeated, it definitely carries a lot more confidence than the first time, as he truly, almost stubbornly wants to get his revenge.
    gumcounteron July 26, 2007   Link

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