Access Me

Originally Performed ByPhish
Appears On
Music/LyricsGordon
VocalsMike (lead), Trey (backing)
Phish Debut2004-06-26
Last Played2019-08-31
Current Gap1
HistorianElayne Best (jugglerswithfire)
Last Update2019-09-02

History

While sparingly played with Phish, "Access Me" provides a quintessential glimpse of Mike. The lyrics of this song tell the story of one trying to identify a way to get closer to their love interest. The pursuer appears desperate to do whatever it takes to please the object of his desire, including going to the extreme of conforming to their "thoughts on the way that I should be." The song is somewhat reminiscent of something from the 80's that you may see in a movie such as The Breakfast Club, starring Mike's bell instead of Molly Ringwald. Phish has played the song only a handful of times, squeezing one version in prior to their 2004 breakup on 6/26/04 and accessing the song in 3.0 on 12/29/09 in Miami, 10/26/10 in Manchester, NH, 6/11/11 in Columbia, MD, and 7/1/12 in East Troy, WI. After a 275 show gap, “Access Me” returned to the stage during the second night of the annual Labor Day weekend run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on 8/31/19.

Phish, "Access Me" – 7/1/12, East Troy, W. Video by shinepigeon

Another noteworthy version of this song was on 11/11/05 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium when Mike joined Trey for an acoustic mini-set and performed "Access Me" as the opener. This version alas did not star Mike's bell, but there was high energy in the room that evening as fans were delighted to see three of the four members of Phish play together on stage again. 

Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon, "Access Me" – 11/11/05, Utica, NY

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