Over the span of two years, Phish spent three different chunks of time at Bearsville Studios, in Bearsville, NY, recording music that would eventually be used for The Story of the Ghost.
Designed by Freepik. Arrangement by Chet
“Guyute” itself unfolds over four distinct movements. In the first, the narrator chronicles an unpleasant encounter with the tune’s namesake, an ugly pig, in buoyant 6/8 time. If not outright homicidal, the storyteller suggests, Guyute is at the very least malevolent. Trey introduces the second leg of the journey on guitar, tearing through a jig-flavored riff at blinding speed, and the rest of this section playfully explores this theme. The third section, however, takes a turn for the menacing, as dissonance and tempo build to a climactic frenzy. Fishman ends this melee with a drum break, introducing the final and majestic fourth movement, in which a wailing melody finally gives way to subdued ambiance. In early versions (before 12/94), this ambiance was followed by the closing coda (which quotes the opening). Afterward, a mysterious and darkly distorted second verse was inserted before the coda, suggesting that the narrator recalls his tussle with the pig fondly. Go figure.
Boy gets cat. Boy loves cat. Boy gives cat silly name. Boy lets cat outside. Cat meets dog. Cat loves dog. Dog loves cat... for dinner. Storm passes through. Boy mourns cat. Dad suggests goldfish. Boy mocks dad. Boy gets dog. Fans go nuts.
Like most great love stories, the tale of Fee's romance with Millie begins in a bar. But no sooner do the two meet than they run afoul of Floyd, a cruel and vicious individual who desperately wants Millie to himself and certainly can't bear to see her spirited away by a lower mammal. Floyd tracks Fee and Millie on a maritime voyage to Quebec, a mostly landlocked province one suspects Trey included in the lyrics because it rhymes with “lovers’ trek." (Hey, Dr. Seuss did that sort of thing all the time.) When he finds the pair sunning themselves on the deck of the cruise ship, he pounces, breaking a bottle over Fee’s head. Fortunately for the hapless weasel, Millie is made of stronger stuff; she steps in and beats Floyd down, first jamming a nectarine into the unfortunate primate’s occipital bone, and then, with Floyd left clinging in desperation to the ship's railing, above the roiling seas, slicing his nipple with a piece of paper. Floyd plummets into the ocean and is messily devoured by sharks, and Fee and Millie presumably live happily every after. ...And now today Fee 3.0 is nothing to F with. Come at me bro.
Taking into consideration that the Dick’s “Lushington” gag went down on the 27th anniversary of the last complete performance of the song, it seems highly likely that the people’s champion will continue to go unplayed for the foreseeable future. But you really don’t ever know what the boys may someday pull out of their asses.