My Top 1000 Songs #190: You Enjoy Myself
Yeah, the blend of astounding instrumental acrobatics and lyrical silliness lends itself to an in-joke exclusivity for the band. But the first time I heard it live--at my first Phish show at Shoreline in 1999 (not counting an earlier acoustic gig), joined by Dead bassist Phil Lesh--I immediately climbed on the bus and never got off. Stretched out to 20+ minutes with plenty of room to breathe, and of course Trey and Mike jamming while jumping on trampolines, you're either stunned into submission or shaking your head saying "ok, not for me." And I was all in.
Played live, it typically segues into a lengthy a capella vocal jam which, personally, I could do without--yes, I tend to edit that part out when I'm burning shows to CDR and need to conserve a little space--but, still, even abbreviated the song has been a huge part of my life for the past quarter century (if by virtue of sheer minutes alone).Live in 2012; the trampolines come out at around 10:30.