"Fee" as written by and Trey Anastasio....
In the cool shade of the banana tree
On the rugged trail toward the balcony
A child of the twentieth century
A dried up Goliath and a weasel named Fee

Far away in another place
A fading beauty named Milly Grace
And a bamboo cane to help her keep the pace

Fee was a Buddhist prodigy
Long past the age of maturity
Someday he knew it would set him free
Like it did for Floyd the chimpanzee

Oh, Fee, you're trying to live a life
That's completely free.
You're racing with the wind
You're flirting with death
So have a cup of coffee
And catch your breath

Fee first met Milly in a bar in Peru
His heart was jumping like a kangaroo
Like a beast in a cage in an old Dutch zoo
It was hopping and thumping in wooden shoes

But Floyd was jealous and alone
He wanted Milly for his own
A desperate craving in his bones
"Their love", he said, "I will not condone."

Then one day on a ship to Quebec
Floyd found Milly on a lover's trek
He picked up a bottle and broke off the neck
It sliced through the air, and Fee hit the deck

Oh, Fee, you're trying to live a life
That's completely free
You want to stay with Milly
Until you're dead
But you just got a bottle
Upside your head

Milly turned and began to scream at Floyd
said "You think you're pretty mean"
And though she was as thin as a small string bean
She slammed him in the face with a nectarine

Floyd fell back over the edge of the ship
Till he hung from the rail by his fingertip
said, "Floyd I'll make you lose your grip
With this tiny piece of paper I can make you slip"

So Milly took that paper and did the deed
Floyd hit the water with astonishing speed
And as the sharks circled and began to feed
Milly knew her weasel was finally free

Oh, Fee, you're trying to live a life
That's completely free
Floyd is dead; he's nothing but a ripple
Cause Milly took that paper
And sliced him on the nipple

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"Fee" as written by Trey Anastasio


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    General CommentI always considered it to be the opposite of The Beatles' Rocky Raccoon. (Fee = Dan; Floyd = Rocky; Millie = Magil / Lil / Nancy)
    subskinon May 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentan interesting fairy tale
    ronald253on September 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSubskin, that's a good observation.

    I love this song, and all he wanted to do is be free.
    Guffawingcoyoteon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti have a friend named fee
    miloon March 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentever since the first time i heard this song i immediately thought it was talking about acid. mainly the end when she says "with the tiny piece of paper i'll make you lose your grip" acid blotter is damn small....

    then it talks about how he hit the water with astonishing speed. so he started tripping fast. then the sharks circled around... his trip really started to hit him hard. then afterwards his mind had finally been expanded and he was "free"

    just my thoughts
    mynameismikeon July 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentawesome song from a great band
    Sandman3987on December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt was part of Trey's school project at UVM and high school where he wrote a fanciful tale of all sorts. Fee was aprt of that tale.
    binghiskhanon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI lied, it is about nothign and everyhting. Could be acid, could be nonsense, could be about my pakistani neighbor.
    binghiskhanon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBinghiskhan...it's totally the pakistani neighbor. Bar none :)
    This was the first Phish song I ever heard and I immediately fell in love. It was the first song on the first album my first time getting stoned way back in 2000. I felt like the verses were inside my head because of how the sound quality of Trey's voice is changed. Love it.
    bigmanbton March 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti <3 phish =]
    PrEsLeYsBiGsIsTaon September 27, 2009   Link

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