"Wolfman's Brother" as written by Alan Black, Ryan Joseph Bland, Eric Cooper, James L. Marshall and Robert C. Rodrigues....
Well it was many years ago now
But I really can't be sure
That's when it all began then
I heard that knock upon my door

And the wolfman's brother
The wolfman's brother
Came down on me

The telephone was ringing
That's when I handed it to Liz
She said, "This isn't who it would be,
If it wasn't who it is"

It's the wolfman's brother,
The wolfman's brother
Came down on me

So I might be on a side street
Or a stairway to the stars
I hear the high pitched cavitation
Of propellers from afar

It's the wolfman's brother
Come down on me

So with meaningless excitement
And smooth atonal sound
It's like a cross between a hurricane
And a ship that's run aground

It's the wolfman's brother
Coming down on - coming down on me


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"Wolfman's Brother" as written by Jon Fishman Trey Anastasio

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    My InterpretationThis song, which came out on (hung like a) Hoist, after Phish had reached a stadium sized following, with variously dreadlocked/ bearded/ hairy corduroy pant wearing young gentlemen faithfully following the band around. One can imagine various levels of access to the band, and a sort of hippie paparazzi press to get backstage or into exclusive parties.

    This is what I always imagined the song to be about-- these furry guys I'd see at every show and at every party I went to back then.

    Thus, the sound similar to "the high pitched cavitation of propellers from afar" would be the roar of the crowd, a crowd with some of the qualities of a hurricane, and a ship that's run aground-- the song really gave me some insight how it might feel to be in the eye of that hurricane, perhaps while watching the ship-running-aground self-destructive actions of many of the folks in that crowd.

    Not sure if it's about an ostensibly hairy brother of Jon Fishman... and no idea about the phone call, other than unwanted phone calls from rabid fans who get ahold of a star's phone number.

    the side street and stairway to the stars invites an image of a rock star ascending some metal back steps into some venue in through a door marked with a star-- like some old b'way dressing room-- when he is discovered by the crowd outside.

    See also the lyrics to "birds of a feather." I think it's talking about similar experiences. Ever been to a show?

    joejefferyCTon August 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit is a song about being overshadowed . for exaple if you go into school and an older simbling already has formed a reputation, your expected to live up to that. whatever phish rules
    Hitter114on April 26, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"this isn't who it would be if it wasn't who it is"

    fucking brillant
    blueduckie24on October 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentphish is the shit. Tom is the man...
    rlanantelopeon March 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim desperate for some news of an up and coming band with the same skill as phish. not to mention marshall, who i believe is a member of the band. but thats just me.
    beaneron May 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAt Coventry, Trey announced who "Liz" was. The one who the phone was handed to.
    evilbeanmanon July 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI heard that the Wolfman's brother was Fishman because fish had a bro that was hairy or maybe it was fish that is the hairy one; not sure
    Kilgoretrout727on February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI hate to be the guy, but I thought this could be about smaking? I htought perhaps in an odd, and common Phish theme, they incorporated a past occurance or individual in a song in a crypitic manner. In this case, Wolfman could be hairy buds, and his brohter could be a different kind of weed. Or the Wolfman's brother could be a bong. Many people name their bongs.

    The lines that get me to this poinnt are the references to "cavitations" and "cross between a hurricane and a ship that's run aground" All of those noises could be references to the bong noise? Vary consistent I think. The song kinda makes more sense as one of Phish's groupings of "nonsense songs" as I call them. (in a resepctufl use of nonsense)

    Again, sorry be being the guy talking about buds.
    binghiskhanon May 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love that line about the its not who it would be if it wasn't who it is
    kowskion November 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe wolfman's brother is Fishman.

    Fishman's brother is the wolfman.
    aaronmanon April 02, 2007   Link

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