Brett is in the bathtub making soup for the ambassadors

And I am in the hallway singing to the troubadours

The kings are all lined up outside the gate

And the autumn bells are ringing but they'll just have to wait


Where is the joker? Have you seen him around

With his three coned cap that he wears like a clown?

Have you seen his stripped stockings and heard his sad tale

About the kids under the carpet and the purple humpbacked whales?


Here come the ambassadors, they show up one by one

Brett is tasting all the soup to see if it is done

Wendy's on the windowsill waiting to be let in

And we're all in the bathtub now making bathtub gin


The kings storm the hallway they've climbed up through the gate

they didn't mean to be impolite but they just couldn't wait

Here comes the joker with his silly grin

He carries a martini made of bathtub gin


Here comes the joker we all must laugh

Cause we're all in this together, and we love to take a bath.


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    General Commentthis song may just be the best jam song of all time
    ok2bEmoon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI absolutly love this song.........expecially at the music breakdown part it makes me bounce in my seat or dance while i'm standing :)
    ekoostiklillyon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt takes a special kind of person to appreciate a song like this...props to all of us who love the simplicity of original music...and props to PHISH
    SouthernBelleon December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentEven though this song is phenomenal without a meaning, I was just curious...what are those crazy boys talking about?
    pheelinphineon June 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanyone who has ever taken mushrooms will understand exactly what trey is talking about.
    master_debateron January 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment@master_debater
    care to share with us what exactly trey is talking about? i'm sure a lot of people are as curious as i am. i cannot take mushrooms for health and legal reasons, so i will have to take your word for it.
    groovenectaron February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI am probably stating the obvious but did anyone catch the allusion to Rhapsody in Blue? its around 1:40 on studio Hoist. also, if you just happen to be a fan of gershwin AND sublime, there is another little tidbit of "rhapsody in blue" somewhere in "What Happened"
    Kilgoretrout727on February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's just about illusions and a song to have fun with.
    tydeuson May 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me laugh idk why but its great
    specally when it says "here comes the joker with his silly grin" "and were all in this together and we love to take a bath" hah amazing song i tell ya
    bbb7on January 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOk, The lyrics to this song were written by a fan, I forget her name, but it is a metaphor for the Phish show experience. What I'll say about Bathub Gin, the drink, is;
    Can you think of something that is under prohibition now, as alcohol was in the 30's, that was widely enjoyed at Phish shows? It is made underground, as in the "bathtub". It is not mushrooms, but you are close...
    phlyme2themoonon April 01, 2007   Link

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