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Gumbo

Gumbo has not been seen in 12 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2018-10-17.
It was played at 5.8% of live shows.
It has been performed live 103 time(s).

Music: Anastasio

Lyrics: Fishman

Vocals: Trey (lead), Mike, Page (backing)

Debut: 1990-09-28

Historian: Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo)

A mix of acid jazz and loose funk attended with three-part harmonies and silly lyrics, “Gumbo” had all the ingredients for greatness. Debuted on 9/28/90 in more or less the same format that persists today, “Gumbo” was a little undercooked early on. The ‘91 Giant Country Horn tour lent significant spice to “Gumbo” on five occasions, including 7/12/91 (LivePhish 19). “Gumbo” wasn’t on the menu for the next 228 shows, opening the encore of the 4/16/93 Louisville gig. The excellent 12/2/94 version – again with horns – appears on A Live One.



Watch Gumbo on YouTube ”Gumbo” – 9/14/99, Boise, ID



Beginning in ‘97, “Gumbo" transformed from its casing and became a platform for exploratory jams. Brought to full boil in the desert heat of Phoenix on 7/29/97, “Gumbo” stretched its legs for the first time, a full thirteen minutes of pure heat. 1997 proved to be the song’s heydey, with extended excursions on 8/8/97 Tinley Park, 8/13/97 Burgettstown, PA (at almost 20-minutes the longest to date), and 11/26/97 Hartford (with “Manteca” teases). Other Phish 1.0 notables include a 16-minute affair on 8/3/98 at Deer Creek; 9/14/99 Boise; 6/14/00 Fukuoka, Japan (LivePhish 04); and 9/27/00 at Fiddler’s Green in Colorado.



The undisputed post-hiatus version and an all-time favorite of many fans took place back at Deer Creek on 7/22/03, an 18-minute monster. Upon Phish’s return to the stage in 2009, “Gumbo” has been a regular in setlists, but has reverted to a utility role in the repertoire, appearing exclusively in first sets and always sticking close to its structure. Though, beginning with the 12/29/13 MSG version, “Gumbo” has been given a little more room to breath, expanding from four-to-five minutes to on average over six. Finally, be sure to check out the Jimmy Buffett version that he contributed to The Mockingbird Foundation’s tribute album, Sharin’ in the Groove



Watch Gumbo on YouTube ”Gumbo” – 12/30/10, New York, NY. Video by HarpuaFSB.


Albums: Stash, A Live One, Live Phish 04, Live Phish 10, Live Phish 19, Sharin' in the Groove, Alpine Valley

Lyrics:

(Anastasio/Fishman)
© Who Is She? Music, BMI

There's a mouse starin' out of the window
His car is trapped in the snow
He's planning a family vacation
But he just can't go
Around the next corner's a red bird
His feathers are trapped in a sling
He's passed by some gunslinging parrot (he's been trashed by some gunslinging parrot)
Who's jealous he ain't got no grin

There ain't no time to stash the gumbo
Or rattle around in a cage
The sacrificed child's made bubbles
And spittle is everywhere enraged
In THE hot sand *i render* I RAN ON my feet (in the hot sand i render my feet)
They're blistered and caked with debris
Chez rolez is guarding the tote board
While Angry piddles with glee

There's a fool writing notes out on sandpaper
He's sending them off to himself
He gets them a couple days later
Who put them along his top shelf
If you get tired of shavings
And carve up a good hunk of wood
Remembering to check on the sausage
He's got cooking somewhere look good (he's got cooking somewhere but good)

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