What's Done
Trey Anastasio Lyrics


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What′s done is done
Can't be undone

Undo what′s done
To make what's new

What's to be today
What the last one knew

Undo
What′s Done
And make what′s new
Undo
What's to be today
What the last one knew

(Oh... what′s done)




Sing... to be.
Undo.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Trey Anastasio's song What's Done are simple yet thought-provoking. The words speak to the idea of acceptance and moving forward in life. The phrase "what's done is done" is a common saying that acknowledges the fact that you can't change the past. Anastasio emphasizes this point by repeating it in the first two lines of the song. The next line, "Undo what's done," is almost contradictory to the first. It speaks to the human desire to go back in time and change the things we regret. However, the subsequent line, "To make what's new," suggests that perhaps we shouldn't dwell on past mistakes but instead focus on creating something new from them. The final lines, "What's to be today, what the last one knew. Undo what's done, and make what's new," reinforce this idea of learning from the past and using that knowledge to create something better for the future. The final word, "sing," almost seems to be a call to action, an encouragement to embrace the present and move forward with optimism.


Line by Line Meaning

What's done is done
The past cannot be changed


Can't be undone
It is impossible to reverse what has happened


Undo what's done
Attempt to change the past


To make what's new
In order to create something different


What's to be today
What will happen today


What the last one knew
Incorporating prior knowledge and experience


Undo
Attempt to reverse or change something


What's Done
The unchangeable past


And make what's new
Create something different


Undo
Attempt to change things


What's to be today
What will happen today


What the last one knew
Incorporating previous knowledge and experience


(Oh... what's done)
Acknowledging the past


Sing... to be.
Emphasizing the importance of the present and future


Undo.
Trying to alter or reverse things.




Writer(s): Trey Anastasio

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Comments from YouTube:

@abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz5682

10 yrs you had this on and I still come back when I need to hear this, thanks✌️

@jamescampbell7422

I love this!!! Trey is the man!

@rev.coryj.peterson9265

Why cant we have access to the 'Bar 17' & '18 Steps' albums on any of the accessible music sites?.. It's tearing me apart @ this point! I used to own both albums on cd, material things disappear with time.. they get lost, stolen, misplaced, misused, missed, etc. .
I'm so ready to hear Phish brake off a (slower than origonal) version of Trey Anastasio`s `LOW' !!!!

@reboobula6691

Banger tune

@MrJayFoo

i agree! and thanks for checkin it out! always good to see people appreciate good music!

@00musicmatterz00

great song! jedi trey is the man! Im glad certain people dont like his music or phish! They dont understand how it can make you feel so alive! and 1 song can change a day into a great day! I wish i had the power with a guitar...maybe one day! But those fools who dont dig it...well dont give a fuck more for all the other cool people out there

@MooseasaurusRex

I'm kinda surprised Phish hasn't done this yet hah

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