Prince Caspian
Phish Lyrics


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Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves
Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves
Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves
Oh, to be Prince Caspian,
With nothing to return to but the demons in their caves

Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves
Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves
Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves
Oh, to be Prince Caspian,
And the children in the fields all sowing seed and chaffing wheat
Oh, to be Prince Caspian with stumps instead of feet

Oh to be Prince Caspian




Oh to be Prince Caspian
Oh to be Prince Caspian

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Phish's "Prince Caspian" convey a feeling of longing for a life unencumbered by the troubles and pain of everyday existence. The repeated refrain of "Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves" suggests a desire to escape the mundane and experience the freedom and adventure Prince Caspian would have felt as a seafaring hero in C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" series. The lyrics also allude to the demons in their caves, representing the struggles we face in life, and the difficulty of returning to them after experiencing a moment of freedom.


The reference to "the children in the fields all sowing seed and chaffing wheat" suggests a simpler, more innocent way of life, one that is free from the constraints of modern society. The line "Oh to be Prince Caspian with stumps instead of feet" is a reference to the character's sacrifice in the book, where he loses his legs in an epic battle to save Narnia. This could be interpreted as a desire to trade comfort and security for the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the world.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves
Dreaming of a life of freedom and adventure, far away from the mundane world


With nothing to return to but the demons in their caves
Escaping from personal struggles and confronting inner demons


And the children in the fields all sowing seed and chaffing wheat
Leaving behind the responsibilities and duties of the world, such as manual labor


Oh, to be Prince Caspian with stumps instead of feet
Willingness to sacrifice physical comforts and abilities for the sake of adventure and discovery




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: DAVID BYRNE, CHRIS FRANTZ, TINA WEYMOUTH, JERRY HARRISON, BRIAN ENO

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Frank Imburgia

I've been alive for 57 years, seen over 1000 concerts - every major act of the past 4 decades, and hundreds of incredibly talented minor ones. 20+ Grateful Dead shows. Talking Heads in '79 at CBGB. I'm talking really good, even important shows. This is, by far, the most beautiful, awe-inspiring, soul-stirring, mind-blowing piece of music that I have ever been privileged to witness. To this day, I cannot hear it - and I've listened to it 100 times - without weeping, as I did when I was there. The Caspian, from the 28 minute mark to the end, is MAJESTIC. It soars to the heavens, and took us all there too. It was the musical high point of my life. Phish is not my favorite band, but I'll say without reservation, that they were the best I've ever seen.

edkerry87

That's why we go to the shows.

Charles Orban

Frank Imburgia dude I'm listening to it on my stoop wishing this curveball wristband would have brought us back to that place.... best weekend of my life! They'll throw it down again next year! No way they'll make us wait another 3 years!

CivSkates

lightning in a bottle, that was Magnaball for me. Camp was all set up when were heard about the CURVE...

Bruce Brandy

Check out the The Runaway Makisupian Jimalope they unleashed on us in Raleigh last month, as well. Musical genius performed as effortless as our next breath....And these guys are having such a great time watching our faces melt, trust me. They are the absolute masters of Free-Form Improvisational Jamming, hands down, and anyone that argues that fact has never experienced a show or is just talking from their hindquarters' opening.

treyphish

Well said, sir.

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NeverDictator

alright no joke… i’ve ran about 1000 miles to this jam. phish has played a huge role in my weight loss journey and give them immense credit for losing 110lbs. they have been with me every step of the way, literally. if any of y’all have some extra pounds to shed and love phish, the energy is yours for the taking. comment and reach out i will happily discuss with any of you in private (no charge, i am not a fitness trainer, just love helping people who want to start their journey).

MarvinMonroe

I've run*

NeverDictator

@MarvinMonroe a genuine thank you for the correction. not editing so others can learn from this grammatical brain-fart.

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Good job man.

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