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You may as well keep your belly full

For the time may come when you'll rely on the layer of fat

That separates you from the rabid dog and the common fly

To a less demanding place on your spine

I feel you shift my weight around

I squirm and roll beneath your flesh

Just like the guy you met in town

He's yelling at the parking lot

Throwing beer cans down the stairs

Driving home to Mom and Dad

To spend a weekend with no cares

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    General Commenttechnically this is missing lyrics. after the "crash," they start singing in hebrew, a song called "yerushalayim shel zahav" (jerusalem of gold) in hebrew. that's what really drew me to this song in the first place. why is phish singing this song about jerusalem?
    beanickaon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm guessing they chose that particular hebrew song for the post-crash segment because it sounded really ethereal. Like the voices you might hear when you've died in a car crash. That's how it strikes me anyway. Ethereal voices singing a song while you drift away.
    As far as the rest of the song, I'm not really sure. My first impression is that it's a rather scornful goodbye song, perhaps to a woman.
    Schwealdsondottiron January 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttthe jam at the end of this is a Split Open nd Melt jam taken from a show... its more important than that though. for a while all their jams started going dry, and they all felt like they couldn't reach that certain point in their jams we all nkow and love... finally one night they went about jamming in a different way and this SOAM was the result... it symolized a rejuvenaion of their passion and unity as a band. they put the jam on the album for personal reasons, more than anything. idk if the hebrew part was added in after or if it was just part of the jam, cuz they cover that song in full a lot anyway
    chiefhky29on February 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell they probably chant in Hebrew because Mike's Jewish, so that probably had something to do with it. I agree with the Ethereal part as well after the crash. Solid song.
    hoontareon July 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI actually think the song is about a pregnant woman who is hit by a drunk driver. The first verse you can easily interpret to be from the point of view of the fetus, and perhaps she became pregnant from a one-night-stand with 'the guy you met in town.' the second verse explains the driver's actions before getting into a car drunk, leading to the crash. i agree the jewish song's ethereal nature gives you the feeling of the woman/fetus drifting from this world to the next.
    johnmartin25on January 10, 2011   Link

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