"Walls of the Cave" as written by and Trey Anastasio Tom Marshall....
I'm leaving you a message, I'm leaving you a trace
I'm leaving thoughts for you I hope that time will not erase
And when the moment comes to read the words that I engrave
You'll find them on the walls of the cave

I know you heard the question but you didn't make a sound
And when it fell you caught my heart before it hit the ground
But if you ever need the names of those you couldn't save
You'll find them on the walls of the cave

Look at me
The time stands still
The mountain here is now a hill
Look away
The time goes past
These rocks will fall away at last

Maybe you will see it as you're passing by alone
Below the moss forgotten where some stones adorn a stone
It might have been an etching on a marker of a grave
Or maybe on the walls of the cave

Listen to
The silent trees
But still your words float on the breeze
Look away
I see them all
Carved into the cavern wall


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"Walls of the Cave" as written by Trey Anastasio Tom Marshall

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    General Commenti love this song, it's beautiful. I can't believe nobody has commented on it.
    pinkpanther233on March 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTom Marshall said in an interview he conciously wrote this song to his son, as if it was in the future and he had died, and he was sending him this message. He noticed, because of the similarities pointed out, that he may have sub-conciously written about the 9-11 attacks in the song. This was written shortly after 9-11-01 with some of the lyrics:
    "And when it fell
    you caught my heart
    before it hit the ground
    but if you ever need the names
    of those you couldn't save
    you'll find them on the walls of the cave"

    "look away
    the time goes past
    these rocks will fall
    away at last
    look away"

    along with the initials of the title Walls (of) The Cave - WTC
    cc1ton December 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentoh wow, I always related this song to 9/11, but I never noticed the title
    keenan88on June 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTrey was a philosophy major...Plato's allegory of the cave...anyone?

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    shaaaynaon August 23, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"look at me the times stands still
    the mountain here is now a hill"

    "maybe you will see as you're passing by alone"

    "listen to the silent trees
    still your words float on the breeze"

    and for the (?) by the 4:00
    "carved into the cavern wall"

    at least that's what i can make of it

    YAY phish

    masterhazletton April 08, 2011   Link
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    General Commentoh, and i always treated it like actual cave writings... like what they were thinking when they did it

    ps cave writing is the oldest form of grafiti

    i think shaaayna also has a good point after looking up the allegory
    masterhazletton April 08, 2011   Link

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