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Silent in the Morning

Silent in the Morning has not been seen in 83 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2022-07-23.
It was played at 9.21% of live shows.
It has been performed live 185 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

Vocals: Page (lead), Trey,Mike, Fish (backing)

Debut: 1992-03-07

Historian: Staff

"Silent" is the coda to the Rift album. As the narrator awakens he begins to question the events he has dreamed and ponders the fate of his relationship. While “Silent” is a short, non-jamming song, many fans appreciate it because it is an opportunity for Page to show off his voice. Also, the counterpoint harmonies add a nice vocal touch to the song.

“Silent” is usually played on the heels of its companion, “The Horse.” In fact, prior to 2013, there just five occurrences where this was not the case. On 5/30/93, "Silent" was played alone for the first time following "Foam." Then on 6/23/94 "Silent" followed "Down with Disease" (perhaps to close the lonely “Horse” from two days earlier). The third occurance of "Silent" without "The Horse" was on 12/13/99 as part of an encore that also included "Heavy Things." By alphabetic necessity, "Silent" made a solo appearance on 9/2/11 as part of the "S" show. Finally, on 6/17/12, "Silent" was played to complete the aborted version of "The Horse" from the night before. 

Beginning in 2013, “The Horse” rode off into the sunset. Freed from the shackles of the overburdened “Horse,” “Silent” has truly set a different course for itself. Taking advantage of the ethereal intro of the song, Phish has begun employing the song as a landing spot for some of their deeper jams. While the new role has led to some spectacular segues (don’t miss the transitions out of “Tweezer” on 7/16/13 or “Hood” on 8/30/13), Phish fans can be a persnickety bunch. Although few would deny the beauty of those segues, a vocal contingent lamented the decision to switch gears from those fan favorites into more mellow territory.

“Silent” has also been played at several New Year’s Eve shows, giving the audience the opportunity to cheer when they are reminded that the same thing happened to them "just last year."

There was only a whisper of "Silent" post-hiatus as the song was played a mere two times - once on the Inverted NYE Run (1/2/03) and also on 4/16/04. Since the return of Phish in 2009, "Silent" is no longer suspended in the trees and the resounding echoes continue to grow, as the song has been frequently played, generally as a second set treat.

Watch Silent in the Morning on YouTube "The Horse" > "Silent in the Morning" – 6/17/10 Hartford, CT

Albums: Rift, At the Roxy, Live Phish 02, Live Phish 05, Live Phish 07, Live Phish 13, Live Phish 20, Gone Fishin', Lullaby Versions of Phish V2


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My glance is always darting, when I stroll the avenue
Avoiding all the obstacles that terrorize my view
If you are here with me, I trust you to lead the way
When you're not I follow you, and always go astray

Silent in the morning
Suspended in the trees
Lunch time comes you've found your voice
It brings me to my knees
The volume just increases
The resounding echoes grow
'Til once again I bask in morning stillness, I love so

The target that I shoot for seems to move with every breath
I tighten all my arteries and make one last request
Divine creation hears me, and he squashes me with fear
I think that this exact thing happened to me, just last year

Silent in the morning
You found your voice that brings me to
Silent in the morning
You found your voice that brings me to
Silent in the morning
You found your voice that brings me to my knees
I will not dismiss you, shelter you, speak with you
Smile at you, trust in me, He'd like to brush you off, and I'd agree

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