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Access Me

Access Me has not been seen in 69 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2019-08-31.
It was played at 0.31% of live shows.
It has been performed live 6 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Gordon

Vocals: Mike (lead), Trey (backing)

Debut: 2004-06-26

Historian: Elayne Best (jugglerswithfire)

While sparingly played with Phish, "Access Me" provides a quintessential glimpse of Mike. The lyrics of this song tell the story of one trying to identify a way to get closer to their love interest. The pursuer appears desperate to do whatever it takes to please the object of his desire, including going to the extreme of conforming to their "thoughts on the way that I should be." The song is somewhat reminiscent of something from the 80's that you may see in a movie such as The Breakfast Club, starring Mike's bell instead of Molly Ringwald. Phish has played the song only a handful of times, squeezing one version in prior to their 2004 breakup on 6/26/04 and accessing the song in 3.0 on 12/29/09 in Miami, 10/26/10 in Manchester, NH, 6/11/11 in Columbia, MD, and 7/1/12 in East Troy, WI. After a 275 show gap, “Access Me” returned to the stage during the second night of the annual Labor Day weekend run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on 8/31/19.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhBgZuvUjYM" target="_blank">Watch Access Me on YouTube Phish, "Access Me" – 7/1/12, East Troy, W. Video by shinepigeon



Another noteworthy version of this song was on 11/11/05 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium when Mike joined Trey for an acoustic mini-set and performed "Access Me" as the opener. This version alas did not star Mike's bell, but there was high energy in the room that evening as fans were delighted to see three of the four members of Phish play together on stage again. 



Watch Access Me on YouTube Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon, "Access Me" – 11/11/05, Utica, NY




Albums: Undermind

Lyrics:

(Gordon)
© Who Is She? Music, Inc. (BMI)

The first time I came over I was bitten by your dog
You weren't even there 'cause you were walking in the fog
I call you up and plead and beg and talk to your machine
My friends say not to bother when you're acting pretty mean

But I don't need to bother you, no I won't play that part
I just want access to the inside of your heart
Access to your thoughts on the way that I should be
So I could start to change and maybe you could access me
Access me

You could tell me all about all the things you did at work
The guy who sits beside you and how he's acting like a jerk
And you don't have to open up the secrets of your soul
But if that's the place you want me I'd be glad to pay the toll

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