"Billy Breathes" as written by and Trey Anastasio....
Tumbling greens, a pick-up screams alone above the square
Whoa, sing softly
Above the trees where Billy breathes we float upon the air
Whoa, oh

Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs

Silent scenes in motion means, I'll wake you when we're there
Whoa, sing softly
Time, it seems, in broken dreams, to sleep beside the stair
Whoa, oh

Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs

Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs


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"Billy Breathes" as written by Trey Anastasio

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    General CommentI think it's a lullaby to Trey's kid.
    subskinon May 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsome people i know have been telling me they thought this song was written about a phan who died ...any insight?
    jistarkeyon October 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me want to buy a farm, live alone, drive a tractor all day and wear a straw hat.
    Beardedmanon May 23, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyeah it definatly sounds like a lullaby. It so peaceful and relaxing. Its a good song to listen to on long car trips.
    ekoostiklillyon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love songs that sound somewhat like lullabies, not all the time, but i love this song. it is nice to just put it on, and lay back and relax, and think...
    chaos04on June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMany times Trey and Tom's lyrics aren't meant to mean anything but rather to paint a picture or evoke a certain feeling. This song certainly evokes a peaceful feeling and that may be all there is to it.

    However, reading the lyrics, I get the impression of a peaceful ride on a tour bus. Seeing the tumbling greens of the landscape, an occasional pick-up truck screaming alongside. I suppose in a large bus, you may have the feeling of floating on air above the trees (the above the trees part may be a stretch, but with poetic license, it makes sense). The bus itself would be softly singing its song, humming on down the highway. I repeat, the bus is softly siging sweet songs. Silent scenes in motion is well, the scenery, which, of course, you can't hear, but it's moving (or actualy you are, but it appears to be in motion). Somebody on the bus sleeping. You don't wake him/her. You let them enjoy the sleep with the peaceful sounds of the bus signing her sweet song. You try to get some sleep yourself, sitting by the stairs at the front of the bus, but sleep is sporadic at best ("Time, it seems, in broken dreams, to sleep beside the stair").

    I'm probably wrong. But it makes pretty good sense. Regardless, it's a very peaceful and relaxing song.

    It's a trip, it's got a funky beat, and I can bug out to it.
    normynullon June 04, 2012   Link
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    General Commentyeah, it sounds like a lullaby type song... my older sister used to play it when my nephew (her son) kiernan was starting his nap. very relaxing. i love it.
    gone_phishin04on May 15, 2002   Link

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