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Oh Atlanta

Oh Atlanta has not been seen in 428 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2010-10-31.
It was played at 0.05% of live shows.
It has been performed live 1 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Bill Payne

Original Artist: Little Feat

Original Album: Feats Don't Fail Me Now (1974)

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

Debut: 2010-10-31

Historian: lumpblockclod

Before it sold its soul at the altar of high fructose corn syrup, 24-hour news and Olympic dreams, the City of Atlanta was a much different place than the population cluster it resembles today. When Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne penned “Oh Atlanta,” the city was much smaller and more steeped in its roots as the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gone With the Wind, and The Varsity. Not to mention quite possibly the best concert venue in the country in the Fox Theatre. Of course, none of this has anything to do with why the narrator in this ode to the capital of the South wanted to be dropped off on Peachtree. No, that reason is far more universal… he just wants to get laid.

Watch Oh Atlanta on YouTube Little Feat, ”Oh Atlanta” – 9/19/74, WLIR in-studio performance

“Oh Atlanta” first appeared on Little Feat’s 1974 album Feats Don’t Fail Me Now. The studio version is a nice enough tune, but seems a little flat compared to the version from the 1978 live album Waiting for Columbus. Both versions feature plenty of bright keyboard fills from Payne and the slide guitar of Lowell George. There are also some minor lyrical differences between the studio track and the live version. 

Phish, of course, covered Waiting for Columbus as their musical costume on 10/31/10, complete with the lyrical variations, but sadly absent the slide guitar. As one of the tamer tracks on Waiting for Columbus, it seems unlikely that “Oh Atlanta” will remain in the rotation. That said, all bets are off next time the band plays the 404.

Watch Oh Atlanta on YouTube Phish, ”Oh Atlanta” – 10/31/10, Atlantic City, NJ


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They got a place down Kentucky
Right down near Ohio
Where you can watch the planes at night
People line up just to watch them fly
I wish I was on one
I'm sittin' here thinkin' 'bout my red head dream
If I could only see her tonight

Oh Atlanta, Oh Atlanta!
I said yeah! yeah! yeah! Atlanta, got to get back to you

Well you can drop me off on Peachtree
I got to feel that Georgia sun
And the women there in Atlanta
They make you awfully glad you come
I said watchin' them planes
I wish I was on one
I'm sittin' here thinking 'bout a girl back home

Oh Atlanta, Oh Atlanta!
I said yeah! yeah! yeah! Atlanta, got to get back to you

We make a day and how just you and me
But the music plays all night
They got the boogie band blowin' that's bound for hell
And when they get to movin' they never stop
You just keep on playin' that down home beat
You just keep on layin' down high

I wish I was on one
Sittin' here thinkin' bout a girl back home
If I could only, oh if I could...

Oh Atlanta, Oh Atlanta!
I said yeah! yeah! yeah! Atlanta, got to get back to you

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