ThunderBurn on March 21, 2012 17:06

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    Here's another from the "Twist" session in Stowe, VT in May 1997. Vultures was Trey's from the start -- he asked me to push the buttons on the tape deck while he composed the intro on piano...which I remember being very excited about. His jazzy drum beat made me realize he had a vision and was on auto-pilot. Then he added guitar and vocals. Scott Herman helped me write the lyrics. When I think about it, I didn't do a whole lot on this song!! :) In any case, I love this original version (from Trampled by Lambs and Pecked by the Dove). A couple things -- no one has ever gotten all these lyrics right:
    "Timing is everything
    that much I know
    Sometimes I'm faster
    and sometimes I'm slow
    I exceed expectations
    but sometimes I'm told
    To go to the end of the line
    But when I don't meet
    what's expected of me
    they look at their clocks
    and they say "this can't be"
    Watching it pass
    without reason or rhyme
    I find myself drifting in time"
    Also...Why did they occasionally say "Potato to the throat" instead of "razor to the throat"? -- I don't know how that originated. I asked Trey, he doesn't remember exactly but says "a razor is so violent" -- so that's the official answer to that mystery.
    As I write this I'm reminded that we constructed the intro to Walls of the Cave in a very similar fashion -- Trey on piano with me engineering. I see the vultures moving in!
    Enjoy. (ps -- Trey's hiccup at 51 seconds!)


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    • jcoleman10
      jcoleman10 on March 21, 2012 20:56

      "A couple things" from a huge fan...I eventually figured out all the lyrics thanks to the FLAC-HD of 10/20/2010 Utica and they are among my favorites in Phish-dom. Secondly, Vultures ALWAYS marks a classic show. ALWAYS. See 10/20/2010, for example...

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