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Mike's Song is a song by the rock band Phish. Originally written in 1985, and debuting that year on October 17, bass player Mike Gordon's song has been played a total of 488 times (appearing in 28.34% of all of Phish live shows), the third most played song in Phish history (after You Enjoy Myself and Possum). The debut performance features guitarist Trey Anastasio announcing the title of the song as Microdot, though that name quickly fell out of favor. It was, for many years, the only song written by the Phish bassist which led to the eventual title of the song. Throughout the 1990s and in particular 1993 onward, it was one of the most improvisation songs in the band's rotation with versions routinely exceeding 15 minutes. Since the band's initial return to the stage in 2002, the song has been more or less restrained to a simple structure with some notable exceptions(see linked chart). Despite being one of the band's most popular songs it wasn't until 1997-12 years after its debut, that it finally was officially released on a Phish album when the live version from Hamburg, Germany was released on Slip Stitch and Pass. It has since appeared on numerous live Phish released including Hampton Comes Alive, Hampton/Winston-Salem '97, and Chicago '94. No studio recording of the song has ever been commercially released. 


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Trapped in time and I don't know what to do
These friends of mine, I can see right through
You don't gotta tell me I don't gotta move
'Cause I'm sittin' back here sharin' in the groove

No I'm no nice guy (Me no are no nice guy)
No I'm no nice guy (Me no are no nice guy)
No I'm no nice guy (Me no are no nice guy)

I walk through the hallways inside my mind
I chase the backbeat from behind
Big dude in the doorway was blockin' my way
He reached to grab me and this is what he said

No I'm no nice guy (Me no are no nice guy)
No I'm no nice guy (Me no are no nice guy)
No I'm no nice guy (Me no are no nice guy)

This is the end
My only friend, the end
Indians lying on dawn's highway bleeding
Ghosts in the young child's fragile ... mind
Careful with that axe, Eugene
Careful with that axe, Eugene

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Phish is an American rock band noted for its musical improvisation, extended jams, exploration of music across genres, and adoring fan base. Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983 (with the current line up solidifying in 1985), the band's four members—Trey Anastasio (guitars, lead vocals), Mike Gordon (bass, vocals), Jon Fishman (drums, percussion, vocals), and Page McConnell (keyboards, vocals)—performed together for over 20 years before breaking up in August 2004. They reunited March 2009 for Phish in Hampton, a series of three consecutive concerts played in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia, and have since resumed performing regularly. more »

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Written by: MIKE GORDON

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