Steep
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Much ado is all I see
(Although my roots were deep)
In fact it is surrounding me
The seething crowd intrudes all day
(I sank in hillsides deep)
Until I'm finally swept away

Although I thought my roots were deep
(The rivers that erode)
I sank them into hillsides steep
And riverbanks that soon erode




(And canyons overflow)
And canyons that have overflowed

Overall Meaning

The song "Steep" by Phish is a contemplative piece that reflects on the idea of being swept away by one's surroundings and the tumultuous nature of life. The first verse sets up the imagery of someone deeply rooted in their environment, yet being constantly surrounded and overwhelmed by the chaos of those around them. The second verse holds a more introspective note, as the singer recognizes that despite their belief in their own foundations, they too are vulnerable to the erosion of time and circumstance.


The repetition of the word "steep" throughout the song's lyrics serves to reinforce this sense of instability and uncertainty. Hillsides, riverbanks, and canyons are all elements of the natural world that are constantly in a state of flux, changing and reshaping with the passage of time. The song seems to be suggesting that our own lives are subject to the same forces of change, and that even the sturdiest of foundations can be eroded away by the constant flow of life.


Overall, "Steep" is a meditative and introspective piece that speaks to the universal experience of impermanence and change. Through its use of vivid imagery and repetition, the song encourages us to reflect on our own relationship with the world around us and to embrace the uncertainty of life.


Line by Line Meaning

Much ado is all I see
I am surrounded by chaos and commotion


(Although my roots were deep)
(Despite my belief that I was firmly grounded)


In fact it is surrounding me
The chaos is enveloping me completely


The seething crowd intrudes all day
I am constantly bombarded by the restless crowd


(I sank in hillsides deep)
(I thought I had found stability in the hills)


Until I'm finally swept away
But eventually, I am overwhelmed and carried away


Although I thought my roots were deep
Even though I believed I had found a solid foundation


(The rivers that erode)
(The forces of nature that slowly wear away)


I sank them into hillsides steep
I placed my trust in the precarious hillside


And riverbanks that soon erode
And the banks of the river that will eventually crumble


(And canyons overflow)
(And the canyons that can no longer contain the deluge)


And canyons that have overflowed
All of which leads to the eventual flood and chaos




Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing
Written by: ERNEST ANASTASIO, JONATHAN FISHMAN, MICHAEL GORDON, PAGE MCCONNELL, TOM MARSHALL

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@alexvimo8739

Much ado is all I see
(Although my roots were deep)
In fact it is surrounding me
The seething crowd intrudes all day
(I sank in hillsides deep)
Until I'm finally swept away
Although I thought my roots were deep
(The rivers that erode)
I sank them into hillsides steep And riverbanks that soon erode (And canyons overflow)
And canyons that have overflowed
🚀💕🟥💕🚀



@alexvimo8739

Russian
Много шума - это все, что я вижу (Хотя мои корни были глубоки)
На самом деле это окружает меня
Бурлящая толпа вторгается весь день
(Я погрузился глубоко в склоны
ХОЛМОВ)
Пока меня наконец не сметут
Хотя я думал, что мои корни глубоки
(Реки, которые разрушаются)
Я погрузил их на крутые склоны
ХОЛМОВ
И берега рек, которые скоро разрушатся
(И каньоны переполняются)
И каньоны, которые переполнились❤😊❤🟥❤😀



All comments from YouTube:

@jacobkomarow1463

This is one of the jams I keep coming back to. Dark, mysterious, interesting, intimate, fucking intense and a total vibe. the type of jam that silences chompers. Phish man.

@TheRealLange21

The last 6 minutes of this is one of the greatest things I've ever heard

@amarguitar

Trey's solo (2:54) starts off so heartbreakingly beautiful. Then they take it to space and funk the hell out of it? This is why we Phish, people.

@JWitt30

Yup

@lylehutnick8807

Chills.

@dharmavore

Sounds like a Waste solo

@phishphan9791

amarguitar yep

@ericboone1148

Great and yes this why...

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@mattb.8750

this is insanity - god - so good.

@strockman

I attended this show. This jam was both unexpected and transformative. 26 years in, and I still constantly blown away. How many times can one person have their face melted?

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