Aboard a craft bereft of oar, I rowed upstream to find Lenore

Abducted by a bandit or a king from some forgotten war

And mindful of his larval craze, the rhinotropic micro-gaze

Ignored it and to my amazement rode to Paris in twelve days


This is the work of the guelah papyrus

Stranded for a moment on the ocean of Osyrus

Absorbing all she can for every member of her clan

Expanding exponentially like some recursive virus


She take me on, I never fail to ride on the redundant rail

'Cause when I know she's switched a track there's always one to take me back

And through the bedroom door intrude a fretful frown and spoil the mood

'Cause though I never really stand that tall she tilt my frame, she watch me fall


chorus

So maybe I could be a fly and feed arachnid as I die

And view the ritual from within the silken tunnel that they spin

And through the bedroom door intrude a fretful frown and spoil the mood

'Cause though I never really stand that tall she tilt my frame, she watch me fall


chorus 3x


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    General Commentbeautiful trip aide.
    bengton July 20, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"She take me on, I never fail to ride on the redundant rail"

    one of the best phish lines ever.

    i still have no real idea what this song is about.

    though i could be wrong, this verse:

    "And through the bedroom door intrude a fretful frown and spoil the mood

    'Cause though I never really stand that tall she tilt my frame, she watch me fall"

    makes me think of erectile dysfunction..haha
    deadcow666on July 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreat song. what does is mean though? I think its definitely about relationships and the perils that girls will put you through.
    lookupattheskyon July 27, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song is about expecting to catch a cheating girlfriend in the act, with undertones of fears of venereal disease as a running theme? Why? Well, when you listen to the other lyrics on the album, STD's are something of a running theme-- it's a public health announcement to jam band types everywhere. "Whatever you do, take care of your shoe" (Cavern) lest you get a "Crab" in your "Shoemouth" (Manteca)

    "In summing up, the moral seems
    A little bit obscure...

    Give the director a serpent deflector
    A mudrat detector, a ribbon reflector
    A cushion convector, a pitcher of nectar *
    A viral dissector,a hormone collector"

    (Cavern) - this entire list is a collection of synonyms for condoms. With the exception of a "picture of Nectar." Nectar's was a club that Phish played in and while I haven't seen the proprietor myself, it would presumably be enough of a turn off to prevent any activity that might result in catching anything!!! And I think bacteria can come in the shape of little serpents, ribbons, rods, or tiny spheres. Yuck.

    This album came out during the AIDS epidemic when I was a teenager-- I think the message was pretty clear at the time. The remainder of "Cavern's" lyrics contain a lot of disease imagery, and other earlier tunes like Golgi Apparatus suggest that microbiology tends to come up in Phish lyrics.

    So the singer imagines himself paralyzed by a spider, a "fly on the wall" to witness the tryst of his lover, and then imagines walking in, causing frowns all around-- and noticing that his photo frame on the nightstand has been turned flat on the table.

    The relationship issues that run through the sequence of songs here also echo the dysfunctional relationship theme here.
    joejefferyCTon December 27, 2012   Link
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    Song Meaningflat earth
    anna968275on April 07, 2016   Link

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