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Axilla (Part II)

Axilla (Part II) has not been seen in 3 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2022-08-05.
It was played at 2.33% of live shows.
It has been performed live 45 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

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

Debut: 1994-04-16

Historian: Craig DeLucia

"Axilla (Part II)" followed on the heels of the original “Axilla” and debuted on 4/16/94. It was the last of the Hoist songs to be played live (save “Riker’s Mailbox,” which still has not been performed and likely never will). New lyrics, same music, and same “axilla” cry at the end. Absent, though, is any specific axilla reference during the verses, except the narrator “[wishing] it was cool”– perhaps to avoid the stench referenced in the original.

“Axilla Part II” was played regularly throughout 1994 and 1995 and then, after New Year’s Eve 1995, went away in favor of the return of its older brother. The only main structural difference between the two songs was the addition of a slow, trippy, guitar lick-based ending to the younger sibling. In fact, when “Axilla (Part II)” was shelved in 1995, this ending was retained and tagged to the end of most future performances of the original “Axilla.” The music to this ending was heard as early as 1993 – listen to the little jam at the end of “It’s Ice” on 3/31/93.

Finally, don’t miss the version offered by Preston School of Industry on Mockingbird’s first CD, Sharin’ in the Groove.

Albums: Hoist, New Year's Eve 1995 - Live at Madison Square Garden


(Anastasio, Marshall)
© by Who Is She? Music, Inc (BMI)

Summer sitting out by the pool
A ray of sunshine getting in my way
Close your eyes and wish that it were cool

And I wish it could be back the other way
But what's dissolved ain't coming back today
Close your eyes and wish that it were
Close your eyes and wish that it were


Never understood what my body was for
That's why I always leave it layin' out on the floor
The shape of curiosity
Where different faces fit before

Tracing my image in the sand
To pass the time from slip to fall
The line I trace begins to weave
A tangled web from wall to wall


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