"Bouncing Around the Room" as written by and Mike Gordon....
The woman was a dream I had
Though rather hard to keep
For when my eyes were watching hers, they closed, and I was still asleep

For when my hand was holding hers
She whispered words and I awoke

And faintly bouncing round the room
The echo of whomever spoke
And I awoke, and faintly bouncing round the room
The echo of whomever spoke

The place I sought was far beneath, the surface of the sea
My sight was poor, but I was sure
The sirens sang their song for me

They dance above me as I sink
I see them through a crystal haze
And hear the sweet sound bouncing round
The never-ending coral maze,
The crystal haze,
And hear the bouncing round the room
The never-ending coral maze

Then before and now once more, I'm bouncing round the room
That time then and once again, I'm bouncing round the room
That time then and once again, I'm bouncing round the room
That time then and once again, I'm bouncing round the room
That time then and once again, I'm bouncing round the room, (cont)

And I awoke, faintly bouncing round the room
The echo of whomever spoke
And I awoke, faintly bouncing round the room
The echo of whomever spoke
And I awoke, faintly bouncing round the room
The echo of whomever spoke


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"Bouncing Around the Room" as written by Mike Gordon

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    General Commentnot about drugs it is about having good dreams and wishing they were real
    kowskion November 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentawesome song
    kaps107on April 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like a guy daydreaming about his crush. Fack -- I know about that! =o)
    jpockon June 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis must be my favourite song by Phish. i agree with the daydream idea, but at a loss for what "bouncing round the room" could literally mean.

    maybe a creative way to say his mind went a-wanderin'?
    roger wilcoon June 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song! It was a shame how so many die hard phish heads reacted with distaste for it when phish would play it at a show once it got radio play of the "a live one" version.

    The lyrics are some of Tom Marshal's finest, at par with the magnificance of the "Rift" album lyrics. It is indeed about a crush of sorts, for some dream induced fantasy girl. We have all had dreams of the sort where we win the lottery, or fly, or perform some other fantastic feat. It may all seem so lucid and real though we wake and find it was only a dream and our heart is still racing with the excitement of it all. Longing for the feeling of it once again without the dissapointing abrupt awakening. In the case of this song, the dream is of a woman, who effects a haunting desire in the dreamer. The effect of the mythological Sirens of the Sea; Beautiful voices who are said to sing to lost sailors, enchanting them into the water and ultimately their drowning in the depths of the blue.

    The dreamer gazes into her eyes and seems to dream within a dream, holding the hand of his Siren. When she whispers some secret enchantment, the dreamer awakes to find he was but dreaming. And faintly bouncing round our dreamer's thoughts (room..) is the echo of whatever she might have said. Whatever the beautiful utterance may have been it leaves that longing feeling for that lucid grasp of her hand and leads our dreamer to contemplate her time and again, sinking into the depths of his imaginative ocean and coral mazes of his heart and mind.

    The Lyrics are truely masterful. The composition of the song is so amazing too! As it breaks into the layered and echoing vocals and music, bringing us progressively deeper into the maze until we take that one final breath and its over.
    googlion September 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHave you ever awoken abrutly from a dream, and had the last words spoken in your dream echo in your mind?
    ljflanneryon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentuh, Fanko311, those are the lyrics from the song Lawn Boy.

    On February 28, 2003, I had the best experience of my life: seeing Phish for the first time ever. I had been waiting pretty much since I was around 8 years old (my older brother got me into them) to actually witness the spectacle of a live Phish show, which was said to be of legendary proportions. Believe me, it lived up to standards. Anyway, the night finally came, and for some reason, all day, Bouncin Around the Room had been on loop in my head. I kept hoping that they would play this song, which is probably one of my favorites. So, I was stoned (obviously), and had been drinking a ton of water. As much as I didn't want to stop dancing, I really, really, really had to pee. So I planned my escape to go as smoothly as possible, but one minor detail didn't enter my convoluted mind: the line for the girl's bathroom was incredibly long. I waited on line for about 5 minutes, finally got into the bathroom, and through the wall, heard a familiar bass line. "Oh shit," I thought "they can't possibly be playing that." But, they were. So I got out of the bathroom, freshened up and everything, and ran as fast as I could back to my seat. I got into the stadium just as soon as they were playing the final chords. It was such a weird experience, I'll never get over that.
    -Rebecca-
    faceofdescenton April 27, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awsome and anyone that doesnt like it........why are you reading it? im already got my tickets to the phish show in charlotte, nc this summer, its gonna be insane
    rhcp182on May 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. I would tend to agree with the ide that its about a dream of sorts. Additionally, Fanko311 can fuck off, just because Phish is notorious for their drug use doesnt mean that all of their songs are about drugs.
    R.O.U.Son June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is another great one. I think its a guy who's tripping and just thinks stuff out. He gets the feeling of bouncing around the room cause he is tripped up.
    phish15on June 18, 2003   Link

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