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Amoreena

Amoreena has not been seen in 709 Phish shows.
It was last played: 1997-08-13.
It was played at 0.06% of live shows.
It has been performed live 1 time(s).

Music: Elton John

Lyrics: Bernie Taupin

Original Artist: Elton John

Original Album: Tumbleweed Connection (1970)

Vocals: Page

Debut: 1997-08-13

Historian: Craig DeLucia, Martin Acaster


Elton John's second album, Tumbleweed Connection, was released in October of 1970. To quote John Tobler’s comments in the liner notes for the album’s 1995 re-release, “Nearly all of the songs... seemed to reflect [lyricist] Bernie Taupin’s preoccupation and fascination with the American west, outlaws, sheriffs, the great outdoors, etc.”



Although the album sold over two million copies, it did not produce any hit singles. Some of the songs, though, were highly memorable. Among them was “Amoreena,” a piano-driven spaghetti western tale of lovers’ lament that Phish covered at Star Lake in the summer of 1997. The song, named for Elton’s goddaughter, is narrated by a man who left his country girl in the cornfield and has come to miss her. But why break out a new cover to open a show at Star Lake? The song opened the show as it did the movie Dog Day Afternoon… and August 13th would certainly qualify as one of the “dog days”of summer. And in the types of coincidence that only happen in Phishdom, 8/22/97 – just nine days later – would have marked the 25th anniversary of the failed bank heist in the movie.



Watch Amoreena on YouTube Elton John "Amoreena" from Dog Day Afternoon



Fans may miss the song as much as the narrator misses the girl; it hasn’t been played since by Phish. However, Page's band Vida Blue performed the song regularly in 2002.


Lyrics:

© 1970 Dick James Music Limited

Lately I've been thinking how much I miss my lady
Amoreena's in the cornfield brightening the daybreak
Living like a lusty flower, running through the grass for hours
Rolling through the hay like a puppy child

[Chorus]
And when it rains the rain falls down
Washing out the cattle town
And she's far away somewhere in her eiderdown
And she dreams of crystal streams
Of days gone by when we would lean
Laughing fit to burst upon each other

I can see you sitting eating apples in the evening
The fruit juice flowing slowly, slowly, slowly
Down the bronze of your body
Living like a lusty flower, running through the grass for hours
Rolling through the hay like a puppy child

[repeat chorus]

Oh if only I could nestle in the cradle of your cabin
My arms around your shoulders, the windows wide and open
While the swallow and the sycamore are playing in the valley
Oh I miss you Amoreena like a king bee misses honey

[repeat chorus]

[repeat chorus]

Lately I've been thinking how much I miss my lady
Amoreena's in the cornfield brightening the daybreak
Living like a lusty flower, running through the grass for hours
Rolling through the hay like a puppy child

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