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Corona

Corona has not been seen in 16 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2017-07-15.
It was played at 0.06% of live shows.
It has been performed live 1 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

Original Artist: Trey Anastasio

Original Album: Traveler (2012-10-16)

Vocals: Anastasio

Debut: 2017-07-15

Historian: Tim Wade (TheEmu)

“Corona” begins with an admission: No matter what the goal, at some point along the way we “stumble on and fall down hard.” Humans are fallible, so failure is an inescapable reality. The question is, how do we handle adversity? When everything seems lost, what will give us strength? The song’s lyrics describe the sun expanding, the atmosphere and oceans burning away, the stars going out, and the arrival of Judgement Day. So when all is dark and the future is uncertain, “how you gonna see me? How you gonna know?”



Watch Corona on YouTube TAB, “Corona” – 1/25/13 Soundcheck, Montclair, NJ



The end of the world is a metaphor that many people can relate to, but it carries special meaning for those who struggle with substance abuse. Addicts and alcoholics know the feeling of helplessness that pervades when getting drunk and high becomes the center of existence. To begin recovery, something must take the place of drugs and alcohol; for those who follow twelve step programs, that thing is a “higher power.” So how will I know that something good remains when the whole world falls apart? Because I have faith in something greater than the world and greater than myself.



This is not to say that “Corona” is “about” the twelve steps or a higher power. It’s absolutely not necessary to interpret any song on Traveler as a message about sobriety or God. Co-author Tom Marshall’s experiences don’t mirror Trey’s. But the “meaning” of a song encompasses more than just what was in the author’s mind when the lyrics were penned. As Tom himself has said, “Trey sometimes pulls me in a different direction, and tells me what it’s really about. Or, what it is about for him.” This is just one take on the lyrics of “Corona,” one that fits neatly with a song like “Architect,” but it’s not the only possible interpretation.



“Corona” kicked off Trey’s October 2012 tour and saw heavy rotation, like many other tunes from Traveler. It appeared in thirteen of the next eighteen TAB performances, and though it hasn’t yet made it into a Phish setlist, it was soundchecked prior to the 7/3/13 Bangor show.


Albums: Traveler

Lyrics:

(Anastasio/Marshall)
© Seven Below Inc., BMI

Where is the line
That I find?
From time to time
No matter where it's drawn

I stumble on
And fall down hard

When the sun spots up on your bunsen
and the ozone layer burns
all of this is over
and the hydrogen returns
How you gonna see me?
How you gonna know?
Will we stay together
When the molten plasma flows?

When the Corona touches ocean
and the judgment comes at last
when all of this is over
and the future meets the past

Suddenly the sky is gone
the stars are out tonight
How you gonna see me?
Do you swear you'll hold on tight?

When the sun spots up your bunsen
and the ozone layer burns
When all of this is over.

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