"Character Zero" as written by and Trey Anastasio Tom Marshall....
I was taught a month ago
To bide my time and take it slow
But then I learned just yesterday
To rush and never waste the day
Well, I'm convinced the whole day long
That all I learn is always wrong
And things are true that I forget
But no one taught that to me yet

I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey

I was taught a month ago
To bide my time and take it slow
But then I learned just yesterday
To rush and never waste the day
Now I'm convinced the whole day long
That all I learn is always wrong
And things are true that I forget
But no one taught that to me yet

I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I, Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I, Mulcahey, hey, hey

I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey
I ought to see the Man Mulcahey


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"Character Zero" as written by Trey Anastasio Tom Marshall

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    General Commentfirst, i feel sorry for people who have to get stoned/want to modify their bodies chemicals to think openly. it truley isnt needed. some music helps a lot ;)

    "I was taught a month ago
    To bide my time and take it slow
    But then I learned just yesterday
    To rush and never waste the day"

    this part could be about school holidays. i dont know about your 'summer' hollidays in america, but here in australia, we get a bit more than a month off school around christmas. definently know the feeling of wanting to do nothing at the start of them, then wishing i had done more at the end.

    any yer, if anyone out there is dismissing any lyrics of phish, im not gona judge you, but there is definently meaning if all of the ones i have heard.
    the verbal communication part of any good song is not about what is being said, just as most short stories (and other forms of literature) is not only about the storyline. the use of words in sentences and paragraphs, according to the storyline or meaning, and how you use them, are the primary difference between meaningless lyrics and those created by any member of phish, tom marshall, any song they may have covered at one stage, among others, and lyrics which use words that have meaning, but no value.

    its as much an artform as traditional art. its a mixture of the subject, material, medium, techniques and style.
    beaneron May 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are i ought to see the Man Maucahey....but ive heard in concerts...im off to see the Man Maucahey....or im off to see the Manama Caves. Trey mentioned this in the Phish DVD Bittersweet Motel.
    Phishhead420on May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho's Man Maucahey?
    trevor63on April 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe he was the weatherman in fishman's hometown. but dont quote me on that.
    sean7711on April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMulcahey is the priest on M*A*S*H.
    phlyme2themoonon April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe man maucahey was a radio host trey heard and he thought he was hillarious.
    zengrasshopper11on April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe the man in the song is so confused about life that decides to seek spiritual help for his dilemma. This plays in well with the Man Mulcahey/M*A*S*H reference.
    OpinionHeadon April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea Mulcahey was a radio DJ in jamaica (or some island) where he and Tom were vacationing to write some songs.
    I like the lyrics...to me they describe the duality of advice people give on life and just the overal hypocrisy of the world. Maybe not to that extent, but it comments on it somewhat. Some people preach that you should slow down and enjoy life and then others say rush, never waste the day, do everything you can. In the end, you're left feeling as if you're wrong about everything because half the world feels one way about something and the other world feels the other way, and you just don't know what to do.
    wilson1983on January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think Tom and Trey were very stoned. And since Tom's lyrics tend to never make sense, they wrote Man Mulcahey. Whether or not he's real is irellevant. It's Phish, it's not about the lyrics.
    skemodanon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't like when people just throw away the importance of a Phish song and just simply say that they're stoners... :|
    CassanovaMooseon February 27, 2005   Link

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