"Mike's Song" as written by and Trey Anastasio....
Reba sink a boulder in the water
Reba tie a cable to a tree
Reba stuck in a game of lipstick perfume flypaper
Reba press a razor to a slide cross a needle with a prune

Knee deep in the motel tub
Reba dangle ladle form her lip
Reba babble to the nag with the lipstick perfume
Mutter to a farmer in a truck

Take a peek at the cheetah, Reba
Cheetah on the prowl in a cage
Sink a boulder in the water
Tie a cable to a tree

Mutter "nature" to the nag
With the lipstick perfume
Reba flush a fleshfarm leftover
Thunder in a circle
Down the pipes

Bag it
Tag it
Sell it to the butcher in the store

Reba put a stopper in the bottom of the tub
Picked up a jar unscrewed the top
And watched it drop into the water

A little scoop of plaster mix
Some coffee grounds and mud
And then she stirred it with the ladle
That her Grandmother had bought her
Threw in a pot of melted wax
A forefoot and a hoof
Apple core, worms galore
And a can of some corrosive

Coconuts and chloroform
Some wicker and some cork
Toxic waste, some purple paste
She hoped was not explosive

Reba dip a ladle for a taste of her creation
And she knew that what she make
Would be the finest in the nation

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"Mike's Song" as written by Trey Anastasio


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    General Commentits something about a minotaur and that whole greek myth
    mynameismikeon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song.
    deathbearon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat did they lose there train of mind at the end and just start taking lyrics from pink floyd's "careful with that axe eugene" or whats up? I am in no way saying that phish are incable of coming up with original lyrics or anything because they are brilliant songwriters or Anatascio is. great song btw
    floydian18on May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentor actually it could of just been an ode to the legendary band Pink Floyd
    floydian18on May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it is an ode to dark side of the moon or tripping in general... "trapped in time, and i dont know what to do" is a feeling most people encounter on their journeys. "these friends of mine, i see right through" is also another feeling you get when you are on a vision quest around others. you seem to see them for what they are, not just their positive traits. to chill out when you're tripping you also try to "share in the groove" that is humanity. i could be wrong, but we all see different meanings in songs. this is just my opinion. the whole reference to peace frogs and be careful with that axe eugene also make me think its an ode to tripping because we all know that the doors and pink floyd were both bands who took their fair amounts of trips. peace and light..dalt
    trbngrsailormanon June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just love that opening lick of the song....nothing beats it.
    deathbearon July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat last verse isn't Phish (it's a dandy mix of the Doors' Peace Frog and The End as well as the aformentioned Floyd ditty). The actual lyrics are said to be about the mythical Greek hero Theseus and his exploits in the labryinth. Cruise over to phish.net for the full explination. One of Mike's best if not the best of his tunes. The whole groove is just amazing. So much energy.
    Phiddleron March 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe last part of the lyrics written above is from the 3/1/97 concert, parts of which were released here as "Slip, Stitch and Pass". That particular Mike's Song had teases of The Doors' Peace Frog and The End, as well as Pink Floyd's "Careful with that Axe, Eugene". It's not actually a part of the song. The last bit of lyrics to the song are the final "Me no are no nice guy".

    Great song, amazing groove, nonetheless.
    lancelot323on September 23, 2009   Link

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