Bouncing Around the Room
With lyrics by both Trey and Tom, the song was concindered one of the easier songs to write. This piece was first played on January 20, 1990, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Being the second most played song in Phish's history, Bouncing had many mixed feelings about it. Some (like me) thought it was a great jam piece that easily called for jamming capabilities and a also a soft tune. Others that follow the song have been heard to state that they hate this song because it lacks improvisation, a quality that Phish is popular for. Another reason the dislike it is because it was played a great deal. However, I myself could listen to this song for ever and never kill it.
Going back to the lack of improvisation (not as a bad thing), the song has changed little since its debut in 1990. The Pharmer's Almanac states, "...all live versions of this song are virtually carbon copies of each other..." This is very true, and is the stronger reason why some phans dislike the lack of change. This song can be found in two albums, if you'd like to hear it. Check out either "Lawnboy," or "A Live One."
The woman was a dream I had
Though rather hard to keep
for when my eyes were watching hers
And I was still asleep.
For when my hand was holding hers
She whispered words and I awoke
And faintly bouncing around the room
The echo of whomever spoke
I awoke and faintly bouncing round the room
the echo of whomever spoke.
The place I saw was far beneath
The surface of the sea
My sight was poor
But I was sure
The sirens sang their songs for me
They dance above me as I sink
I see them through a crystal haze
And hear them bouncing round the room
the never ending coral maze
That time and once again I'm bouncing around the room.