"Brian And Robert" as written by Steve Bogard and Brett James....
If you're just staring at your walls
Observing echoing footfalls
From tenants wandering distant halls
Then this one is for you

If children playing all around
To you is noise not pleasant sound
And you'd be lost on the playground
Then this one is for you

All alone the life you lead
A silent diner where you feed
Bow your head pretend to read
This one is for you

Slip past strangers in the street
There's no one that you care to meet
Longing for your TV seat
This one is for you


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"Brian and Robert" as written by Trey Anastasio Tom Marshall

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    General CommentI think it's a beautiful way of extending some love to lonely people. A very meaningful song.
    Schwealdsondottiron December 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is about about someone who is just kind of uncomfortable around other people. this person is happiest and most comfortable when alone. many can relate to this
    ronald253on September 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdepression, for sure. been through it, and this number exactally sums it up, precisely.
    beaneron May 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdepression! this song perfectly captures the feeling of being completely uninspired. i think at some point in life everyone can relate to this.
    Jinxxon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful tune. apparently the title refers to Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, who collaborated on a couple of albums way back when. this one sounds a lot like the music they used to make together. definitely a highlight on the Ghost album.
    lunaharpuaon February 22, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song most certainly describes the experience of deep depression, REAL depression, not just sadness, but hopelessness, numbness, a complete lack of inspiration and motivation, going through the motions, and hating all of the reminders around you of the opportunities for joy that you are simply NOT able to appreciate, and, because they remind you of your deformity, just sound annoying. It is completely believable that the name of the song refers to Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, two of the pioneers of the early blend of existential goth rock that also described the experience of real depression, rather than just the dramatic, romantic vision of the tortured existential artist. The title certainly does not seem to represent the experience of a gay couple, since it really describes becoming comfortably numb with depression, so I don't really understand why it has become the "song" to represent the LGBTQ Phish community. However, I think we create our own meanings and symbols, so I'm open to information. To me, the song is a genius description of depression, just like the work of Brian and Robert. On the same album, the song "Frankie Says" is reminiscent of the big white t-shirts in the early 80's reminding us that "Frankie Says Relax", yet the chorus in the Phish song seems to be more about giving up and letting the world spin around you, rather than trying to gain control over an ecstatic explosion. Also a depressing thought, one that Brian Eno explored at length. One of the things I LOVE about Phish.... they make you think!!
    trpnstn1on December 31, 2013   Link

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