"Colonel Forbin's Ascent" as written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison and Brian Eno....
Colonel Forbin stared up at the mountain

And wiped away the beads of sweat

That glistened on his brow

His tired feet were buried in the quagmire

And his bloodshot eyes saw all that lay between him

And fulfillment of his vow


And he felt his fingers wrap around a knotted root

And pulled his body upwards

To a sea green mossy boulder

And he dragged his weary carcass [or "shit-ass"] up the mountain


And he climbed so slowly

He climbed so slowly

Ahead

Ahead


Suddenly he heard the crack of thunder

And the rocks began to crumble overhead

And tumble down the mountain to the

Dismal swamp that lay beneath the jagged cliffs

through which his path had led

And the earth began to quake beneath his feet

And the mighty mountain changed before his eyes

And he stood amidst a sea of dust and rocks and stones

Cascading down the mountain

And a thousand birds were headed for the sky. Oh...


The sacred creed will be yours

And if you wait until tomorrow

The sacred creed will be yours

To devour

Yours

To seize

And to obey

Obey


When the dust had cleared, the colonel lifted up his head

And was driven to his knees by a blazing beam of light

And he saw the silhouette that stood before him

And he bowed in reverence

Trembling in the shadow of the mighty legend's form

Icculus the prophet stood before his eyes

Looking down on Colonel Forbin

Where he shuddered in the puddles and the muck

And he quietly addressed him


And he spoke so slowly

He spoke so slowly

Ahead

He said


Colonel Forbin I know why you've come here

And I'll help you with your quest to gain the knowledge that you lack

I call upon my faithful friend the mockingbird

To fly and seize the helping book and bring it to your shack

And a tree of knowledge in your soul will grow

And the Helping Friendly Book will plant the seed

But I warn you that all knowledge seeming innocent and pure

Becomes a deadly weapon in the hands of avarice

And greed


The sacred greed will be yours

And if you wait until tomorrow

The sacred creed will be yours

To devour

Yours

To seize

And to obey

And to obey




And the famous mockingbird swooped down out of the sky and landed on

Icculus's shoulder, and Icculus whispered into the bird's ear, and it flew

off toward Wilson's castle in the valley below.


Fly Famous Mockingbird


Fly famous mockingbird

Fly...

Fly famous mockingbird

Fly...


Fly famous mockingbird

Fly...

Fly famous mockingbird

Fly...

Fly...

Fly...

Fly famous mockingbird

Fly...



The next morning at the camp Errand Wolfe and Rutherford stood frozen in awe as the famous mockingbird flew out of the sky and laid the Helping Friendly Book at their feet. The quest for the book had dragged on for so many years that it's sudden appearance left the men staring in disbelief, unsure of what their next move should be. The shock wore off quickly though, and Errand Wolfe shot into high gear. He snatched up the book with one hand and the famous mockingbird with the other, and began to inform Rutherford of his plan. He would first kill Wilson, and then put the Helping Friendly Book to work for him. With Rutherford's aid he fastened the famous mockingbird to a pole, with glue and rubber bands, to insure the secrecy of his mission, and then set out to find the only man in Gamehendge who could handle the job of eliminating a King.





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"Colonel Forbin's Ascent" as written by Trey Anastasio

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    General CommentPart of GAMEHENGE
    evilbeanmanon July 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyes part of the gamehendge mythology. the song continues with "fly famous mockingbird" i believe.
    mellowed-outon August 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow amazing song excepiacially live great jam ancd rly good spoken story very well done song by phish





    ledzepp22on December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm curious as to whether or not every part of gamehenge is representative of something else. Any good thoughts? Don't hold anything back this has been an aching thought in the back of my head since the early days
    phisherman9on January 12, 2011   Link

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