Bouncing Around The Room

Songfacts®:

  • "Bouncing Around the Room" is the ninth and final song on Phish's second official studio album (The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday was never officially released).

    It's a trippy song about meeting a dream woman underwater and waking up "bouncing around the room." Surreal oceanic imagery fills the song.
  • Phish performed the song live 469 times, meaning they played it at a little over one-quarter of their shows. Still, the song has been one of the more divisive among Phish fans. According to Phish.net, the song started as a fan favorite but then earned detractors among the new fans that poured in during the mid-'90s. These new fans wanted only the "jam songs" and derided pro-"Bouncing" fans. This trend eventually changed, and "Bouncing" is comfortably back on the shelf as a Phish classic.
  • Phish frontman Trey Anastasio wrote the music for the song and lyricist Tom Marshall wrote the words.
  • The tradition at Phish shows was for fans to bounce around when the band played this song.

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