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My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own

Also Known As: MMGAMOIO

My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own has not been seen in 32 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2022-05-28.
It was played at 2.32% of live shows.
It has been performed live 45 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Butch Hancock

Original Artist: Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Original Album: After Awhile (1991)

Vocals: Mike

Debut: 1992-03-07

Historian: Dan Mielcarz (ColForbin)

More country than bluegrass, “My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own” is a fan favorite. The song was born of the West Texas duo of Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who along with Joe Ely formed the influential group The Flatlanders. Typically played in the first set, the up-tempo beat never fails to get the crowd bouncing and smiling. 



The lyrics are interesting in that they convey the exact opposite message to that of the Phish original “Driver.” In “My Mind,” it’s the less conscious parts of the brain that cause trouble for the protagonist (taking him to parties that he doesn’t want to attend, etc.); in “Driver” it’s those parts of the brain keep the narrator out of trouble. It also has the benefit of not being overplayed, as Phish is sometimes wont to do with shorter covers.



The first performance at the Portsmouth Music Hall should be sought out, as the show contains several other debuts as well. Another notable version of “My Mind” was played on 2/20/93, sandwiched between “Mike’s Song” and “Kung.” The version played at the Warfield Theater on 5/27/94 was played acoustic and without amplification, and features Morgan Fichter on fiddle. On 11/15/96, “My Mind” was part of the letter ‘M’ themed second set. Trey joked that show was, a la Sesame Street, “brought to you by the letter M and the number 420.” The song remains an enjoyable rarity, with only a handful of appearances post-hiatus. The 12/28/10 performance is worth seeking out, part of a fun first set with two Phish debuts and some entertaining Sarah Palin-related antics in "Alaska."



Watch My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own on YouTube "My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own" – 11/27/09 Albany, NY


Albums: At the Roxy

Lyrics:

(Hancock)
� Two Roads Music (BMI)

My mind's got a mind of its own
It takes me out a-walkin' when I'd rather stay at home
Takes me out to parties when I'd rather be alone
My mind's got a mind of its own

I've been doing things I thought I'd never do
I've been getting into trouble without ever meaning to
I'd as soon settle down but I'm right back up again
I feel just like a leaf out in the wind

My mind's got a mind of its own
It takes me out a-walkin' when I'd rather stay at home
Takes me out to parties when I'd rather be alone
My mind's got a mind of its own

I seem to forget half the things I start
I try to build a house and then I tear the place apart
I freeze myself on fire and then I burn myself on ice
I can't count to one without thinking twice

My mind's got a mind of its own
It takes me out a-walkin' when I'd rather stay at home
Takes me out to parties when I'd rather be alone
My mind's got a mind of its own

I tell myself to do the things I should
And then I get to thinkin' that them things ain't any good
I tell myself the truth but know I'm lying like a snake
You can't walk on water at the bottom of a lake

My mind's got a mind of its own
It takes me out a-walkin' when I'd rather stay at home
Takes me out to parties when I'd rather be alone
My mind's got a mind of its own

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