Waking Up Dead

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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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Woke up on the wrong side
Atrophied throughout
Dreamt with open eyes
I was vacuuming about

In a straight line
A very straight line

Each new morning I wake
With clouds around my head
Lift up the walls and pipes
And vacuum out my head

In a straight line
A very straight line

Ooooh, vac-you-you-me
Waking up dead
Ooooh, vac-you-you-me
Waking up dead

In addition stands a man
In a backlit halo glow
Wears a darkened smile
Is there something I should know?

Something all consuming
All consuming

Ooooh, vac-you-you-me
Waking up dead
From above
Waking up dead

I feel the suction rev
As I waltz the vacuum arm
End to end it sucks itself
And pulls me with its charm

Morning in a vortex
And when I squint my eyes
You peek inside my empty shell
A memory in disguise

Tree outside is upside down
Head hangs off the bed
They say I'm just a pair of lungs
Connected by a thread

I'm presuming
The end is looming

In trouble when I put my foot down
Try to have a voice
In trouble when I climb back down
Let you have your choice

My soul got sucked out in the ether
Just about half past nine
My cars went out drinking in closing time

Vac-you you me
Vac-you-you me
Ooooh Vac-you-you me
Waking up dead
Vac-you-you me
Waking up dead
Waking up dead
Ooooh Vac-you-you me
Waking up dead
Waking up dead

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Written by: Ernest Anastasio, Scott Murawski


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