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Shade

Shade has not been seen in 2 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2018-09-01.
It was played at 0.34% of live shows.
It has been performed live 6 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

Debut: 2015-07-21

Historian: Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo)

Taken at face value, “Shade” is one the most transparent odes to love ever to originate from the songwriting combo of Anastasio/Marshall, one that reflects on the darkness of absence, and light of reuniting love. “Shade” emerged from one of Trey and Tom’s famous marathon writing sessions – this one on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in February, 2015 – that also produced “Blaze On,” “No Men In No Man’s Land” and “Mercury.”



The opening chords of “Shade” are eerily reminiscent of the Garcia/Hunter masterpiece “Standing on the Moon,” though the resemblance to that or any other great song ends there. The first half of “Shade” sees Trey singing against a soft cushion of guitar, piano and bass, with Fishman sitting out. Summer 2015 saw Trey often struggling with vocals; with “Shade” this manifested in something of a whiney delivery that either made the song’s hopeful yearning more authentic, or, less tolerable, depending on one’s perspective.



“Shade” first cast a shadow on the summer 2015 tour opener in Bend, OR on 7/21/15, rising from the ashes of “Fuego.” “Shade” was a precious commodity during Phish’s stop on 7/28/15 in sweltering Austin, widely considered the low-point of that tour. “Shade” blocked the “Light” jam on 8/4/15 in Nashville, but that blockage was quickly forgotten, as it was followed by “Mike’s Song” that featured the first “Mike’s” second jam in over fifteen years. The song was seemingly – mercifully – shelved thereafter.


Lyrics:

(Anastasio/Marshall)
� Who Is She? Music (BMI)

I found a ring deep inside a box on a dead-end street
and you were there watching me�
but I didn�t know I couldn�t see�
I was lost, asleep inside a fantasy

I love your hair in the mornings, you know
you love to run wild, and let the mane flow
but you run away, but we meet again soon
south of the border and over the moon

and when you�re gone it never feels right
gets so cold in the dark of the night
and I only like the shade when you�re blocking the light
I only like the shade when you�re blocking the light

I put the ring, back where it belongs
it feels right, and you were waiting up all night
I didn�t know, if I went away
and got lost, that you�d still be there anyway

I figured out what you whispered last night
somewhere the clouds touch the mountains just right
somewhere we�re dancing and you�re singing the tune
south of the border and over the moon

and when you�re gone it never feels right
it gets so cold in the dark of the night
and I only like the shade when you�re blocking the light
I only like the shade when you�re blocking the light

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