"Limb By Limb" as written by and Scott Herman Jon Fishman....
The shoulder that I leaned on was carved out of stone
But when I'm done freezing I want to be alone

Never want my hand cut off
Never want a hacking cough
Never need a cliffside push
Never turn my brain to mush

Always give me what I lack
Always take the best parts back
Always recognize your fate
Always just a moment late

Left is where I always turn
Left is how I'm forced to learn
Left the route my walking takes
Left alone with my mistakes

Up against the person who
Up 'til now I never knew
Up from hell the answer blew
Up or down it's up to you

Drop me off the Chinese wall
And peel my fingers off the rim
I come unglued while in midair and land to reform
Limb by limb

And I am taken far away

Lingering slowly melting away
Tossed with the salad and baled with the hay
Pooling the water that drips from above
Trampled by lambs pecked by the dove


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"Limb by Limb" as written by Scott Herman Jon Fishman

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    General Commenti enjoy the wordplay.
    scheisseon June 25, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"The shoulder that I leaned on was carved out of stone" - But then again, we don't hug walls though do we?
    the_toolshedon April 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Phish song. Their songs are always up for interpretation. I believe this song is about losing something and having a guilty feeling after its gone when you realize how important it really was in the first place. I will never forget the two Phish shows I had the privilege to see. I can't believe they're done. Viva la Phish!
    MJWhit518on May 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe_toolshed, no idea what you mean, or the lyrics for that matter .

    one thing i like about the song is that each line could have its own individual interpretation.
    beaneron May 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is probably the coolest phish drum beat... o jon
    blame_monsteron November 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm with mjwhit, it sounds to me like someone that has had their whole world yanked out from under them and their struggle to pull it back together.
    engineRIDESonRAMENon February 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdefinatly aobut recovery
    chiefhky29on April 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthere are missing lyrics at the end

    the silence is suddenly smothering me
    nothing I touch and nothing I see
    ?????????????????????
    If I am the drone then where is my bee
    greenerblueson December 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe_toolshed:

    "The shoulder that I leaned on was carved out of stone"

    Could be statue, perhaps a religious statue...
    ocelot23on May 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's about an impulsive suicide where after the jump the narrator has second thoughts.
    bkabbotton January 18, 2014   Link

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