"The Squirming Coil" as written by and Trey Anastasio Tom Marshall....
The Squirming Coil of sunset
I keep within my reach
Tried yesterday to get away
And hitchhiked to the beach

I saw Satan on the beach
Trying to catch a ray
He wasn't quite the speed of light
And the squirming coil
It got away

The muscles flex the mother's ring
She fastens children to her king
And sends him down the crooked street
When he returns, the birth's complete

Jimmy holds the Tannis root
The forest's tasty nectar shoot
The sun tips off the monarch's suit
From sequined sash to shiny boot

"I'd like to lick the coil some day
Like Icarus, who had to pay
With melting wax and feathers brown
He tasted it on his way down"

Stun the puppy!
Burn the whale!
Bark a scruff and go to jail!
Forge the coin and lick the stamp!
Little Jimmy's off to camp


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"The Squirming Coil" as written by Trey Anastasio Tom Marshall

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    General CommentWhere the hell is this quote from:
    "I'd like to lick the coil some day like Icarus, who had to pay

    With melting wax and feathers brown, he tasted it on his way down"

    I'll give anything to know, it's awesome
    cc1tcc1ton April 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is on the Weather Channel local forecasts every few seasons.
    tHeMiGhTyZePon August 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is on the Weather Channel local forecasts every few seasons.
    tHeMiGhTyZePon August 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIcarus is from Greek Mythology. The son of Daedalus who, in escaping from Crete on artificial wings made for him by his father, flew so close to the sun that the wax with which his wings were fastened melted, and he fell into the Aegean Sea.
    double0tutton April 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIcarus is from Greek Mythology. The son of Daedalus who, in escaping from Crete on artificial wings made for him by his father, flew so close to the sun that the wax with which his wings were fastened melted, and he fell into the Aegean Sea.
    double0tutton April 27, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationJust always kinda thought that the coil that got away from Satan was DNA, i.e., that human beings escaped from Satan/Hell (unless they're sent there later lol). To go even further, maybe the King never returned, the "birth" was never completed, and Jimmy was sent to camp, i.e. Hell. Phish lyrics :)
    DaysBetweenon May 07, 2011   Link

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