Tom Marshall Discusses 5 More Phish Songs On ‘Under The Scales’ Podcast

By Scott Bernstein May 28, 2019 8:49 am PDT

Phish lyricist Tom Marshall dives deep into the meaning behind five songs he co-wrote for the band on the latest episode of the Osiris network podcast Under The Scales. While Tom was joined by co-hosts RJ Bee and Stephen “Tebo” Thomas last month for a look at five different Phish songs, this time his daughter Anna Marshall and Bee join him.

Marshall and Bee get the podcast off the ground with a discussion of “Scents & Subtle Sounds,” which Phish recorded for 2004’s Undermind. The episode continues with Tom and RJ talking about the genesis and writing process that led to “Joy,” the title track from Phish’s 2009 album. Next up is a chat in which Marshall explains that “Walls Of The Cave” was written for his son Brody and gives context to the creation of the song. The studio version of “Walls Of The Cave” appears on 2002’s Round Room.

For the final two songs, Anna Marshall chats with her dad about two songs she picked. The first was “Pebbles & Marbles,” another Round Room track. Tom explains that the lyrics to “Pebbles & Marbles” were inspired by Anna. “It’s an ode to parental bliss and wonder,” the lyricist said. Anna picked “Steam” as the second song to discuss with her dad. Tom gave Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio a story that Trey quickly turned into “Steam.” The Marshalls each share their take on the meaning of the lyrics before concluding the “Bring Your Daughter To Work” episode of Under The Scales.

Listen to Tom Marshall, Anna Marshall and RJ Bee examine five Phish songs on the latest Under The Scales:

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