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Misty Mountain Hop

Misty Mountain Hop has not been seen in 716 Phish shows.
It was last played: 1999-10-10.
It was played at 0.2% of live shows.
It has been performed live 4 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant / John Paul Jones

Original Artist: Led Zeppelin

Original Album: Led Zeppelin IV/Zoso (1971)

Vocals: Page (lead), Trey (backing)

Debut: 1999-07-20

Historian: Erik Swain

This classic-rock staple had surfaced in Phish’s soundchecks from time to time, leading fans to wonder whether it might make it to the stage. Sure enough, on 7/20/99 in Toronto the band broke it out to end the second set. It was quite a crowd-pleaser, with Page handling Robert Plant’s high-pitched caterwauling and Trey replicating Jimmy Page’s muscular riffs.

Like many of the covers broken out the year before, it was generally faithful to the original version, but unlike many of them it was not a one-off. The song appeared three more times in 1999, always as a second-set closer or encore. The 9/16/99 version featured Warren Haynes on second guitar, though some fans did not understand why Phish would deploy the talented Haynes for what they consider a “simple” Zeppelin song. Another notable version is 9/24/99, which featured an incredible “Sand” -> “Misty Mountain Hop” segue.

Recommended Versions: 1999-09-16, 1999-10-10


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Walkin' in the park just the other day, Baby,
What do you, what do you think I saw?
Crowds of people sittin' on the grass with flowers in their hair said,
"Hey, Boy, do you wanna score?"
And you know how it is;
I really don't know what time it was, woh, oh,
So I asked them if I could stay awhile.

I didn't notice but it had got very dark and I was really,
Really out of my mind.
Just then a policeman stepped up to me and asked us said,
"Please, hey, would we care to all get in line,
Get in line."
Well you know, They asked us to stay for tea and have some fun,
Oh, oh, he said that his friends would all drop by, ooh.

Why don't you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see,
And Baby, Baby, Baby, do you like it?
There you sit, sitting spare like a book on a shelf rustin'
Ah, not trying to fight it.
You really don't care if they're coming, oh, oh,
I know that it's all a state of mind, ooh.

If you go down in the streets today, Baby, you better,
You better open your eyes.
Folk down there really don't care, really don't care, don't care, really don't
Which, which way the pressure lies,
So I've decided what I'm gonna do now.
So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
Where the spirits go now,
Over the hills where the spirits fly, ooh.
I really don't know.

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