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5:15

5:15 has not been seen in 871 Phish shows.
It was last played: 1995-10-31.
It was played at 0.05% of live shows.
It has been performed live 1 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Pete Townsend

Original Artist: The Who

Original Album: Quadrophenia (1973)

Vocals: Trey

Debut: 1995-10-31

Historian: Craig DeLucia


Phish's interpretation of one of the more popular Quadrophenia songs, complete with horns, left many fans wishing that the band would not let this song be a one-time cover. Trey’s searing solo at the end reinforces this desire for many fans every time they listen to their copy of Halloween 1995



The song opens and closes with a brief reprise of “Cut My Hair,” but the force of the song is housed in a fast-moving train that is carrying Jimmy, the narrator, to the beach for a self-indulgent vacation. Jimmy, influenced by both the uppers he has taken and his desire for a good time, is “going out of [his] brain on the train.” It is his arrival at the beach that sets the tone for the rest of the story, and it was this song that set the tone for the rest of the Halloween show.



Watch 5:15 on YouTube The Who, "5:15", 1973



Perhaps “5:15's" dependence on the horn section has condemned it, though, to being shelved: without horns, it would sound flat and incomplete, and guest horn appearances have been rare since the mid-nineties. So “5:15” remains on the shelf after its one and only appearance. The performance is available on more than just Live Phish, though: Phish contributed their Halloween version of “5:15” to the 2001 tribute album Substitute: The Songs of The Who that also featured David Bowie, Pearl Jam, and Sheryl Crow.


Albums: Live Phish 14

Lyrics:

(Townsend)
© Fabulous Music, Ltd.

Why should I care?
Girls of fifteen
Sexually knowing
The ushers are sniffing
Eu-de-cologning
The seats are seductive
Celibate sitting
Pretty girls digging
Prettier women.

Magically bored
On a quiet street corner
Free frustration
In our minds and our toes
Quiet stormwater
My generation

Uppers and downers
Either way blood flows.

Inside outside. Leave me alone.
Inside outside. Nowhere is home.
Inside outside, Where have I been?
Out of my brain on the five fifteen.

On a raft in the quarry
Slowly sinking.
On the back of a lorry
Holy hitching.
Dreadfully sorry
Apple scrumping.
Born in the war
Birthday punching.

He man drag
In the glittering ballroom
Greyly outrageous
In my high heel shoes
Tightly undone
They know what they're showing
Sadly ecstatic
That their heros are news.

Why should I care?

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