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Published: 2012/10/05

Tom Marshall Shares Unreleased Trey Anastasio Collaboration

Longtime Trey Anastasio/Phish songwriter Tom Marshall occasionally shares demos and other goodies on his Soundcloud page. His latest offering is something a little different: “Through the Polished Glass,” an unused song he wrote with Anastasio shortly before Phish’s 2009 reunion. As YEM Blog points out, Marshall describes the tune as, “A song Trey and I wrote in 2008. I still have great hopes for this one… This one was written first on the drums — an experimental track with fills and peaks and valleys with no music in mind. Then Trey added everything else and made it conform to the existing contours of the drum-scape. It sounds logical, but it was a backwards way of working and is one of the reasons I love listening to it.”

Here’s a look at the tune’s lyrics

I feel that I’m going back
there’s no where else to go
forward isn’t here yet
but backward seems so slow

perhaps I could go sideways
into another being
if I slipped into you
then who would I be seeing

and when you looked at me
alone upon my lawn
you’d see my vacant stare
and think that I had gone
through the polished glass

let’s go on a journey together
we’ll follow currents of air
it’s easy to move across boundaries
harder to see if they’re there

there’s something I’m dying to tell you
a whisper from some other time
I suddenly felt the idea form
I’m not even sure if it’s mine

Readers can listen to the demo here.


There are 10 comments associated with this post

me October 5, 2012, 16:16:29

A bit of insight on Trey’s confusion about returning to the band that he said was finished? That was my first take…

Dugg Phresh October 5, 2012, 18:00:23

Holy Beatles Batman !!!

lk October 6, 2012, 19:59:44

classic, weak lyrics…there are junior high kids all around the country writing this in spiral notebooks…ha ha ha ha ha

me October 6, 2012, 23:03:39

@lk… Yes, Phish has always been known for the deep meanings of the lyrics… nobody goes to hear the musical genius of the band… no, they try to write deep, cerebral lyrics…shhheesh…

Davino October 7, 2012, 22:56:10

Seems like a nice lyric.

G$ October 9, 2012, 11:00:52

Uh…...that’s not the same song that is linked, lyrics don’t match etc. Yes, I agree that ‘Sheep’ track sounds like the Beatles…..still looking for the Tom/Trey track actually described above….....

G$ October 9, 2012, 11:05:53

Here’s the correct track: dig it

Ben Ben Veinhoff October 13, 2012, 01:48:07

ghastly…all my (former) heroes suck…
Kill Yr Idols…

Micheleeacobacci March 27, 2013, 23:04:18


Micheleeacobacci March 27, 2013, 23:14:29


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