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The Horse

The Horse has not been seen in 83 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2022-07-23.
It was played at 8.46% of live shows.
It has been performed live 170 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

Vocals: Trey

Debut: 1992-03-07

Historian: Craig DeLucia

Every good concept album needs a conclusion. On Rift, “The Horse” begins that conclusion; it ends with the song’s traditional companion “Silent in the Morning.” “The Horse” is a short, somber tale that the narrator of Rift expresses as he awakens. Outside of a lyrical change included in earlier versions (a reference to a forgotten character named Matilda), most “Horses” are simply a short lead-in to “Silent.” In fact, “The Horse” has only twice not been followed by “Silent.” The first instance occurred on 6/21/94 when the fire alarm went off in the Cincinnati Music Hall after the band had begun the song. They were not afforded the time to move into “Silent” before the house lights came on and the building was evacuated. When the band returned to the stage some twenty minutes later, they humorously launched into “Fire” and never completed their traditional couplet. Eighteen years later on 6/16/12 Trey would quickly abandon "The Horse" after a few sour notes. In this instance, the couplet was completed the next night, when "Silent" smoothly segued out of "Caspian."

One other version stands out as noteworthy. Pick up a copy of the 4/14/93 show from the American Theatre in St. Louis, MO. Phish had just finished playing a monster version of “Stash,” with the “Kung” chant sandwiched inside. During the intro to the ensuing “Horse,” you’ll get to hear a brief reprise of the “Kung” theme, a “Pinball Wizard” tease, and a tease of the composed segment of “Harry Hood.”

So what does this song from Rift have to do with Hoist, and its cover image of a horse being raised in the air? Check out your cover to the Rift album – you’ll notice images that reference the song titles of all the tracks…except for “The Horse.” Phish reconciled this difference on the cover to Hoist by revisiting Amy’s Farm (see 8/3/91) and shooting the album cover photo.

Albums: Rift, At the Roxy, Live Phish 02, Live Phish 05, Live Phish 07, Live Phish 13, Live Phish 20


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It's time I sling the baskets off this overburdened horse
Sink my toes into the ground and set a different course
Cause if I were here and you were there
I'd meet you in between
And not until my dying day, confess what I have seen

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