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Performances Song History Lyrics


Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

Vocals: Trey (lead), Page (backing)

Debut: 1998-10-17

Historian: Erik Swain

This short, sparse tune was one of three acoustic originals debuted the first night of the 1998 Bridge School Benefit. Unlike the others, “Sleep” and “Driver,” it has not been played live since, though it can be found on the Trey/Tom album of demos, Trampled by Lambs and Pecked by the Dove. It is most notable for Marshall’s unusually philosophical lyrics. In response to a fan question at in April 2000, Marshall said “Never” is one of his few songs about the space-time continuum. However, in that same response he said he did not think that Phish had ever played it!

Phish apparently has not forgotten about “Never,” though. The Summer 2000 Döniac Schvice included pictures from the Farmhouse sessions. One featured a list of songs presumably being considered for inclusion, and right in the middle of that list was “Never.” Perhaps surprisingly, a clip from the Bridge School Benefit performance of this song was included in the retrospective video shown at set break of the band’s 20th anniversary concert on 12/2/03. Fans of this song may also wish to seek out recordings of Trey's 11/8/05 Roseland Ballroom gig where he performed "Never" solo, acoustic.

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Recommended Versions: 1998-10-17

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