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The Old Home Place

The Old Home Place has not been seen in 14 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2019-11-30.
It was played at 2.31% of live shows.
It has been performed live 43 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Dean Webb, Mitch Jayne

Original Artist: The Dillards

Original Album: Back Porch Bluegrass (1963)

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

Debut: 1994-06-26

Historian: Ellis Godard (Lemuria)

It's the name of several folk songs, and at least one venue (in McClure, VA). But Phish fans know “The Old Home Place” as the tune by country icons and bluegrass progenitors, The Dillards. The tune’s narrator regrets having chased a woman from his rural farm into the burgeoning metropolis of Charlottesville, ultimately losing both the girl and his home. 



Watch The Old Home Place on YouTube The Dillards, “The Old Home Place”



The title refers not only to the physical house left and lost, but also to the life left behind. Phish picked up the song as they turned another corner away from their old life. The debut, in West Virginia, started the encore to a show that had featured Gamehendge (nearly ten years old) as the first set and Hoist (recently released) as the second set. The latter debut helped emphasize the band’s transition from four-track recording in a dorm room to a nearly overproduced studio extravaganza.



Phish performed “The Old Home Place” as part of acoustic segments ten times, including 10/10/94 with Steve Cooley of The Dillards on banjo, 10/18/94 with Béla Fleck, 11/18/94 with “Reverend” Jeff Mosier, and 10/18/98 at Neil Young’s Bridge School benefit with Mike on banjo and Page on bass. Notable electric performances include 12/31/94 Boston Garden, 8/17/96 opening the second day of the Clifford Ball at roughly 4:20, 11/30/96 Sacramento with John McEuen on banjo, and on 4/3/98 Nassau Coliseum between “Mike’s Song” and “Weekapaug Groove”. 



Since Phish’s (first) hiatus, “The Old Home Place” has receded to rarity, appearing in only two shows in the 2.0 era: 7/21/03 at Deer Creek and 4/15/04 Vegas. Since their return in 2009 the performances have been infrequent, often with years in between. 



Watch The Old Home Place on YouTube Phish, “The Old Home Place” – 10/18/98, Mountain View, CA


Albums: Live Phish 06, Live Phish 12, Niagara Falls, The Clifford Ball

Lyrics:

(Webb/Jayne)
© MamaJewel (ASCAP)

It's been ten long years since I left my home
In the hollow where I was born
Where the cool fall nights make the wood smoke rise
And the foxhunter blows his horn

I fell in love with a girl from the town
I thought that she would be true
I ran away to Charlottesville
And worked in a sawmill or two

What have they done to the old home place
Why did they tear it down
And why did I leave the plow in the field
And look for a job in the town

Well my girl she ran off with somebody else
The taverns took all my pay
And here I stand where the old home stood
Before they took it away

Now the geese they fly south and the cold wind blows
As I stand here and hang my head
I've lost my love, I've lost my home
And now I wish that I was dead

What have they done to the old home place
Why did they tear it down
And why did I leave the plow in the field
And look for a job in the town

What have they done to the old home place
Why did they tear it down
And why did I leave the plow in the field
And look for a job in the town
And why did I leave the plow in the field
And look for a job in the town

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