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Last night, in the moments my thoughts were adrift

And coasting a terrace, approaching a rift

Through which I could spy several glimpses beneath

Of the darkness the light from above could not reach

I spied wings of reason, herself taking flight

And upon yonder precipice saw her alight

And glared back at me one last look of dismay

As if she were the last one she thought I'd betray


So much better I said to myself

And drawing quite close to the top of the shelf

I struggled with destiny upon the ledge

And gasped when defeated he slipped off the edge

And silence contagious in moments like these

Consumed me and strengthened my will to appease

The passion that sparked me one terrible night

And shocked and persuaded my soul to ignite


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    General CommentThis is the FIRST Phish tune I ever sat down and listented to.....needless to say, I was hooked. Makes me want to get up and dance.
    Phiddleron January 29, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningTrey actually said that Rift is about a guy going through a "rift" in a relationship, thinking about the relationship and trying to sleep and think things through over the course of the album.

    Basically on this song, the guy's literally drifting off to sleep and thinking about the relationship with the logic that being half-asleep affords.
    ThePhanastasioon September 13, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthey leave each line hanging like its a sentance of its own and makes you wonder.. MORE COW BELLS.. haha and it sounds like a barbershop quartette(?) at the beginning - wonderful combo
    andcaitsaidon October 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think its about cheating on your loved one
    chiefhky29on November 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentacid trip?
    krsmqnon May 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI would also like to point out that the next song on that album , when compared to the song "rift", isn't nearly fast enough for me.
    krsmqnon May 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is talking about when a person promises not to do something like drugs for example ever again and he gets seen by someone important to him and he say fuck it like why the fuck does she care "as if she were the last one she thought id betray" because he justs wants to get higgh and not worry about it then
    phunkyphanon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti just LOVE the line "the passion that sparked me one terrible night and shocked and persuaded my soul to ignite"

    very powerful.

    i could be wrong, but i think it might be about the death of a friend. it might not supposed to be literal, but he "struggled with destiny" after the guy slipped off the edge. after that, it "strengthened his will to appease", whereas before he disappointed and betrayed the angel-like figure. i think the death changed him? could be wrong.
    mopgirl777on May 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwait...

    "Last night, in the moments my thoughts were adrift"

    so it's not real..almost like a trip in his mind..


    "wings of reason"

    mental state in question..

    ok..he got rid of reason..

    "So much better I said to myself"

    hmm...so he thought..but when faced with this forever?

    "I struggled with destiny upon the ledge

    And gasped when defeated he slipped off the edge"

    maybe he almost lost his marbles for good...but regained cognition...


    "And silence contagious in moments like these

    Consumed me and strengthened my will to appease(put to rest)

    The passion that sparked me one terrible night

    And shocked and persuaded my soul to ignite"


    This (to me) sounds just like my first so called "bad trip" that just ended up being another leap.

    Then again...

    "All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
    -Nietzsche
    krsmqnon May 24, 2009   Link

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