I Didn't Know has not been seen in 8 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2012-08-28.
It was played at 15.21% of live shows.
It has been performed live 241 time(s).
Music/Lyrics: Richard Wright
Vocals: Mike, Page, Trey
Historian: Ellis Godard (lemuria)
"I Didn't Know" is typical Phish: arbitrarily quirky lyrics in an AABB rhyme scheme, delivered in three-part harmony accompanied by a thumping bass line, and altogether a bit about having “lost it.”
The song, written by band friend Richard “Nancy” Wright (who sang it with Phish 5/14/88), was first known to be performed on 11/18/87, and was included on the band’s first promotional tape circulated in 1988. Half of its appearances to date were in a three-year period (1991-1993). The song declined in frequency rapidly since then, although it returned for a whopping six performances (of 60 U.S. shows) in 1999. It continues to be the song in which Trey is likely to call Fishman something other than Henrietta.
Though almost entirely vocal, the only true a cappella rendition was 3/28/92. More typically, the lone bass is joined by an instrumental oddity, including washboard (Fishman, 3/31/93), cymbals (Mimi Fishman, 4/8/94), megaphone (Trey, 6/15/95), trombone (Fishman, 6/20/88, 9/27/95, and 12/28/95), bass drum pedal (Fishman, with his knee, 6/29/94), of course the vacuum (Fish mostly, but Mimi on 7/19/91), and, finally, the Bag Vac (Fishman, combining vacuum cleaner and bagpipes, 3/24/92).
Otherwise, few modern versions stand out. Notable are the inclusion of “My Sweet One” (on 6/14/94) and the display of an actual picture of Otis Redding (see lyrics, below) at some early shows. Memorable were the transitions into an abbreviated “Dust in the Wind” on 7/18/03 and “Feel the Heat” on 12/31/03, and featuring a spirited "Let's Go, Flyers!" crowd chant on 6/24/10 during the vacuum solo.
Albums: Colorado '88, Live Phish 20, Live in Vegas