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Swept Away

Swept Away has not been seen in 123 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2021-08-28.
It was played at 1.65% of live shows.
It has been performed live 33 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

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

Debut: 1996-10-16

Historian: Dan Purcell ((sausagemahoney), Mockingbird Staff

Never played live before its release on Billy Breathes, most fans first heard “Swept Away” as it eased into focus following the fade-out of that album's title track. The lyrics of this slight and pleasant fragment rely on one of Tom Marshall’s staple themes: the desire to live life free from the constraints of social conventions and pressures.

After the soaring but humble three-part harmonies of its chorus, “Swept Away” melts into a droning minor-key groove that becomes its companion song, “Steep.” Phish plainly intended the two songs to be thought of and played as a single piece, as they’ve only been played live in tandem with one another. Throughout the fall of 1996 and the spring of 1997, the band frequently segued into the simple guitar chords of “Swept Away” from a particularly chaotic second-set jam. On both 10/22/96 and 11/6/96, Phish inserted the combination into the middle of “Mike’s Groove”; on Halloween and New Year’s Eve 1996 (not to mention the less-circulated 11/18/96), “Swept Away” segued out of “Simple.”

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Albums: Billy Breathes, Live Phish 15


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Much ado is all I see
And I feel like it's surrounding me
The crowd intrudes all day
'Til I'm finally swept away

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