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Language Instructions


by Phish. Buy album CD: Other Songs BOO - V


There are always two signals in any given "sign."

The first says,"listen up!

I'm gonna say something!!"

The second tells what to do.

The first is always the same.

The second is the variable.

In some cases

(asshole in the front row)


the second actually leads

to a third,

but this is usually not the case.

The first signal is a high pitched trill,

usually carried for twomeasures.

Anyone--Trey, Mike or Page may do it

(But not Fish:

"Fish talks so much in real life that we don't let him talk here!"--Trey).


If the jam is really hectic, the signal is different.

It is a one measure figure which sounds like CCCC/Bb Bb/G G/Bb

(slash = beat division),

although it changes with different keys.

This used to be the signal

(listen to old bootlegs),

but is usedonly rarely now.


The second signal:

here is a catalogue of signals based on Trey'sintro,

and on my own observations:


1) Simpsons theme song (you know!):

Everyone goes "D'OH!!"


2) Music to "To everything, turn, turn, turn":

Everyone turns around and screams.


3) Four falling notes:

a one measure figure, each note is bent down to the next

(on the guitar, anyway):

everyone falls down.


4) Triplets of a strange sounding altered chord on beats 1,3,1,3

(two measures):

point to asshole in the front row.

(What do they do after this?

Anyone at Portsmouth that can explain the cheering?)


5) One measure figure that sounds like zip zip zip zip!

(i.e. hand slides up the fretboard very quickly 4x):

Band immediately plays a four bar waltz stomp.


6) music to "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing):

band cuts immediately to swing beat.


7) scraping sound on the guitar

(similar to #5, except that scrapes are lower pitched, and go both down and up the fretboard):

everyone shouts, "AWWW FUCK!"


8) Circus theme

(listen to the intro to esther--but note!

This is not a signal!

It lacks the first part--the attention getter.):

everyone sings a random note.


That's all I have been able to decipher up to this point,

although I suspect the presence of at least two more:

One that just says,stop and freeze!

One that says, stop and wave your hands up anddown wildly

(the strobes come on for this one).



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  1. Boogie On Reggae Woman - Phish
  2. Carolina
  3. Carolina (or carolina on my mind)
  4. Carolina on my mind
  5. Colonel forbin's ascent narrative - version1
  6. Colonel forbin's ascent narrative - version2
  7. Colonel forbin’s ascent
  8. Cracklin’ rosie
  9. Daniel saw the stone
  10. Destiny unbound modifications
  11. Discern
  12. Dog Log
  13. Dog log (or doggone dog)
  14. E: You Enjoy Myself
  15. Esther (alternate version)
  16. Famous mockingbird
  17. Fire
  18. Free bird
  19. Gumbo - Better (Live)
  20. If i only had a brain
  21. Introduction narration
  22. Junta
  23. Libertyville
  24. Lizards
  25. Love you
  26. Loving cup
  27. Marijuana
  28. My mind's got a mind of its own
  29. Nellie kane
  30. Nicu
  31. No dogs allowed
  32. Old home place
  33. Paul and silas
  34. Phish - seven below
  35. Picture of nectar
  36. Possum
  37. Shaggy dog
  38. Sloth
  39. Spices
  40. Spread it 'round
  41. Suzy greenberg
  42. Tela
  43. The Ice
  44. The man who stepped into yesterday
  45. Tube
  46. Tweezer Reprise
  47. Uncle pen
  48. When the circus comes
  49. Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Cheers Theme)
  50. While my guitar gently weeps
  51. Wonderwall (oasis cover)
  52. Ya mar
  53. Anarchy
  54. Brother
  55. Buffalo Bill
  56. Bye Bye Foot
  57. Carini Had A Lumpy Head
  58. Dear Mrs. Reagan
  59. Destiny Unbound
  60. Fooled By Images
  61. Halley's Comet
  62. Harpua
  63. I Didn't Know
  64. I Saw It Again
  65. In A Misty Glade
  66. Jennifer Dances
  67. Kissed By Mist
  68. Kung
  69. Language Instructions
  70. Makisupa Policeman
  71. Mcgrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters
  72. Meatstick
  73. Mountains In The Mist
  74. Never
  75. No Gogs Allowed
  76. Prep School Hippie
  77. Punch You In The Eye
  78. Runaway Jim
  79. Sleeping Monkey
  80. Somanatin
  81. Strange Design
  82. Suzie Greenberg
  83. The Curtain
  84. Vultures

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