"Split Open And Melt" as written by Kristina Karlsdotter, Joseph Skansas, Fredrik Johansson, Peter Mardklint, Kristina Karlsdotter, Joseph Skansas, Fredrik Johansson, Peter Mardklint, Jesper Claes Haakan Stroemblad, Bjoern Ingvar Gelotte, Emma Gelotte and Micha...
In the morning I pack up my gear
and toss it in my carryall
Run the wide load to the lip
and watch the big core crack and glow

In the evening I undo my belt
Split open and melt

I wake up on my stomach
with my face between my hands
and crawl along the floor toward the doorway
Jumping to my feet
I try to put myself together
but I feel it in my knees
and the room begins to spin
and I slip and bump my head and raise a welt
Split open and melt

We breathe deep
in a steam dream
and plunge below the water line
down, down, down
between beams
to the gloom room
among the seaweed and the slime
down, down, down

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"Split Open and Melt" as written by Trey Anastasio


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    My InterpretationWe all know that the jam to this song is insane. anyone who has ever been to a phish show and watched them perform this song whilest blazed, knows exactly why this song is called split open and melt. Because at the apex of the jam, you feel like that's what your head is about to do.
    hoontareon October 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentamazing song. probably one of my favorite phish songs.
    getluckyon May 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song remindes me of feeling like i want to burst and then i fall asleep instead.
    tonyshawn2006on August 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else take this as a song about being so messed up that you have to hug the porcelain God. Maybe it's just that obvious.
    johnthephishermanon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about taking bong hits.
    twattson January 23, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThe first verse gives me images of the narrator being a worker in some kind of nuclear facility (lifts, carryalls, and especially the "big core" cracking and glowing). Secondly the song title sort of implies this as well (Splitting atoms is part of the nuclear process, reactors are said to "melt"down).

    The second verse seems to be the aftermath of the meltdown, with the narrator waking up after being knocked unconscious, but being too dizzy from the incident to get pulled together.

    The slow part could be some kind of radiation induced hallucination...? Haha.

    Anyway, and of course all of that nuclear imagery could be a metaphor for anything anyone else has mentioned, drugs, etc. Regardless, this song certainly does split you open and melt your mind with its amazing jams. The Split jam in "Demand" on Hoist, ending in the car crash is really well done and always gets my heart racing even though I know what to expect
    NickAVVon March 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI believe the first post by NickAVV is on the right track. I have always pictured someone working in a nuclear power plant as the character in this song. The following verses at first don't make sense or seem to be cohesive with the rest of the song, unless you can figure out what the overall theme is. Think of a character on a well known TV series who works in a nuclear power plant and usually gets drunk after work, who has probably slipped and bumped his head, raising a welt on more than one occasion.... D'oh!
    soamikeon October 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about taking heroine.

    "In the morning I pack up my gear
    and toss it in my carryall
    Run the wide load to the lip
    and watch the big core crack and glow"

    he has his kit and his junk and heats it up to inject

    "In the evening I undo my belt
    Split open and melt"

    he injects himself and unties the belt from around his arm allowing the drug to give him a melting sensation that is commonly associated with opium based drugs

    the next verse and bridge are fairly self explanatory from here
    ogapthorp15on January 23, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI hate to be cliche but Red Rocks '94 they nailed it. Not only the time signature but the harmonies.

    That's a complex song to play and fans can yell Fluffhead but the fact that they nailed this live shows me what they are capable of.
    bkabbotton May 12, 2014   Link

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