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Hang On to Yourself

Hang On to Yourself has not been seen in 194 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2016-10-31.
It was played at 0.05% of live shows.
It has been performed live 1 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: David Bowie

Original Artist: Arnold Corns

Original Album: Single (B-Side to "Moonage Daydream") (1971)

Vocals: Mike, Trey

Debut: 2016-10-31

Historian: lumpblockclod

Like “Moonage Daydream” (for which it was originally released as a B-Side), “Hang On to Yourself” was originally released by Arnold Corns. Corns (portrayed by fashion designer Freddie Buretti), mostly unknown to all but the biggest Bowie fanatics, was effectively the demo version of Ziggy Stardust. Bowie took some time making his idea of a fictional rock star a reality and Arnold Corns was his first draft, so to speak. However, Bowie soon realized that no one could play the role better than him and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was born.



The Corns single is decidedly less rockabilly and lacks the shot of adrenaline injected into the Ziggy version. It also has different lyrics and, unsurprisingly, doesn’t name check the Spiders from Mars. Listening to the Corns version, it’s not hard to see why Bowie decided the song needed more work. Narratively, the song doesn’t add a great deal to the Ziggy saga; it effectively fulfils the promise of “Star” before giving way to the excess of the title track. In Phish terms, “Star” is Vegas ‘96, “Hang On to Yourself” is Vegas ‘00, and “Ziggy Stardust” is Vegas ‘04



Thankfully, unlike Ziggy, The Rise and Fall of Trey Anastasio and the Spiders from Vermont has a set of bonus tracks, of which Vegas ‘16 is just one. Phish’s version of “Hang On to Yourself” is a touch slower than the Ziggy version and features Jennifer Hartswick, Celisse Henderson, and Jo Lampert on backing vocals. It manages to build up a solid head of steam by the end, but, nevertheless, seems likely to suffer the same one-and-done fate as most of the other Ziggy songs.  Wham bam, thank you ma’am!



Watch Hang On to Yourself on YouTube David Bowie “Hang On to Yourself” London, 1973


Lyrics:

(Bowie)
© Tintoretto Music (BMI)

Well she's a tongue twisting storm, she will come to the show tonight
Praying to the light machine
She wants my honey not my money she's a funky-thigh collector
Layin' on 'lectric dreams

So come on, come on, we've really got a good thing going
Well come on, well come on, if you think we're gonna make it
You better hang on to yourself

We can't dance, we don't talk much, we just ball and play
But then we move like tigers on vaseline
Well the bitter comes out better on a stolen guitar
You're the blessed, we're the spiders from Mars

So come on, come on, we've really got a good thing going
Well come on, well come on, if you think we're gonna make it
You better hang on to yourself

So come on, come on, we've really got a good thing going
Well come on, well come on, if you think we're gonna make it
You better hang on to yourself

So come on, come on, we've really got a good thing going
Well come on, well come on, if you think we're gonna make it
You better hang on to yourself

Come on, ah, come on, ah (repeat ad inf.)

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