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Sweet Virginia

Sweet Virginia has not been seen in 348 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2012-06-24.
It was played at 0.26% of live shows.
It has been performed live 5 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Jagger/Richards

Original Artist: The Rolling Stones

Original Album: Exile on Main St (1972)

Vocals: Mike (9/26/99); Fish (10/31/09, 12/5/09)

Debut: 1999-09-26

Historian: Phil Nazzaro


"Sweet Virginia" is the second song from The Stones classic album Exile on Main St that Phish has covered (“Loving Cup” being the first). This song’s first appearance in Phish’s repertoire came as a show opener in New Orleans on 9/26/99. Perhaps the decision to play “Sweet Virginia” owes to the fact that Phish hadn’t been welcome in New Orleans since their appearance at JazzFest in ‘96. As at least one longtime Stones fan interprets it, Mick Jagger wrote the lyrics as homage all the “rock star activities” his band got away with during their previous tours of the United States.



Watch Sweet Virginia on YouTube The Rolling Stones, "Sweet Virginia" – 7/19/95, London, England



The second appearance did not come for another 10 years. The band whipped the song out again as a Fishman-interpreted vehicle during the Exile on Main St Halloween costume on 10/31/09 and then reprised the tune on 12/5/09, appropriately in Charlottesville, VA. Since then the sing seems to have become somewhat of an annual event, what with appearances on 9/2/2011 and 6/24/12.



Watch Sweet Virginia on YouTube Phish, "Sweet Virginia" – 10/31/09, Indio, CA


Lyrics:

(Jagger/Richards)
© ABKCO Music, Inc. (BMI)

Wadin' through the waste stormy winter,
And there's not a friend to help you through.
Tryin' to stop the waves behind your eyeballs,
Drop your reds, drop your greens and blues.

Thank you for your wine, California,
Thank you for your sweet and bitter fruits.
Yes I got the desert in my toenail
And I hid the speed inside my shoe.

But come on, come on down Sweet Virginia,
Come on, honey child, I beg of you.
Come on, come on down, you got it in ya.
Got to scrape the shit right off you shoes.

I want you to come on, come on down Sweet Virginia,
I want you come on, honey child, I beg of you. .
I want you come on, honey child you got it in you.
Got to scrape that shit right off you shoes.

But come on, come on down Sweet Virginia,
Come on, come on down, I beg of you.
Come on, come on down, you got it in you.
Got to scrape that shit right off you shoes.

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