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On Your Way Down

On Your Way Down has not been seen in 322 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2011-08-06.
It was played at 1.18% of live shows.
It has been performed live 22 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Allen Toussaint

Original Artist: Allen Toussaint

Original Album: Life, Love, and Faith (1972)

Vocals: Page

Debut: 1988-06-24

Historian: Mockingbird Staff

“On Your Way Down” was penned by the late Allen Toussaint, appearing on his 1972 release Life, Love, and Faith. The song is better known for the Little Feat version appearing on Dixie Chicken; indeed, most listeners typically attribute it as a Little Feat song. 



Phish first performed “On Your Way Down” on 6/24/88 at Halverson’s in Burlington, and it lived for a little over a year in the repertoire before dropping from rotation after 8/12/89. Early Phish versions had a raw energy that comes from being on your way up, touring from windowless moving trucks, and sleeping on YMCA floors.



Watch On Your Way Down on YouTube Allen Toussaint, "On Your Way Down" – Life, Love, and Faith



Ten years and 1,007 shows later, “On Your Way Down” resurfaced on 9/16/99 at Shoreline, and was played twice more on that fall tour (9/25/99 and 10/2/99). The song made one stop during Phish 2.0, on 7/30/03 in Camden in a set that also included “Lonesome Cowboy Bill” and the Phish debut of “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” 



“On Your Way Down” was performed a handful of times in Phish’s early 3.0 period. From recent performances, try 11/27/09 Albany, 8/15/10 Alpine Valley (three days after the death of Richie Hayward, the drummer and founding member of Little Feat), or the final Phish performance to date, 8/6/11 at the Gorge.



Watch On Your Way Down on YouTube "On Your Way Down" – Phish, 8/15/10, East Troy, WI


Albums: Alpine Valley

Lyrics:

(Toussaint)
© Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI)

Sunrise
Sunset
Since the beginning it hasn't changed yet
People fly high begin to lose sight
You can't see very clearly when you're in flight

It's high time that you found
The same people you misuse on your way up
You might meet up
On your way down

Vintage wines from the year '62
It's your thing, it's your thing
It pleases you
You got to frown when you cross town
You think it's an honor just to have you around

It's high time that you found
The same dudes you misuse on your way up
You might meet up
On your way down

You think the sun rises and sets for you
But the same sun rises, sets and shines
On the poor folks too
I don't mind you turning round
I myself would even like a little higher ground

It's high time that you found
The same people you walk on on your way up
You might meet up
On your way down
On your way down

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