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Cold Rain and Snow

Cold Rain and Snow has not been seen in 721 Phish shows.
It was last played: 1999-09-17.
It was played at 0.05% of live shows.
It has been performed live 1 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Traditional

Original Artist: Traditional

Vocals: Phil Lesh

Debut: 1999-09-17

Historian: Chris Bertolet (bertoletdown)

When Phish breezed into the Bay Area for a two-night run at Shoreline in fall 1999, fans were abuzz with speculation about special guests. Shoreline was the Dead’s home shed, and the memory of Trey and Page’s stint with Phil Lesh & Friends was sweet and fresh enough to taste. The first gig found Warren Haynes game to the task, but though his contributions to the “Misty Mountain Hop” encore were well appreciated, he wasn’t the hometown hero and liver recipient the locals were openly pining for.

The following night, Phil finally made a triumphant and eminently Phishy entrance on trampoline. After a ferocious bass duel with Gordon on “YEM” and an unremarkable amble through “Wolfman’s,” Lesh led the charge into a passionate and cathartic “Cold Rain.”

Watch Cold Rain and Snow on YouTube Phish 9/17/99 Set 2 (Partial) "YEM" through the encore. Video by The Pharcive

The blues-inflected traditional, which commonly served as an opener at Dead shows, ended Phish’s set. Warren Haynes then made his second appearance in as many nights to join Phil and Phish for a cooking “Viola Lee Blues” encore.

Trey has since revisited the song with Lesh, most notably an instrumental rendition played at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre on 2/12/06 as a blizzard raged appropriately outside.



Well she's coming down the stairs, combing back her yellow hair
And I ain't gonna be treated this-a-way
And I ain't gonna be treated this-a-way

Well she went up to her room and she sang a fateful tune
And I'm going where those chilly winds don't blow
Winds don't blow
And I'm going where those chilly winds don't blow

Well I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life
Run me out in the cold rain and snow
Rain and snow
Run me out in the cold rain and snow

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