The Divided Sky (thing)
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A [Phish] song from the 'way-back-when' days, originally [appear]ing on [The White Tape] as a grossly underdeveloped 76 second [transition]al track. It has since evolved into one of the more famous and popular songs of their [catalog], and has [become] a staple at live performances, usually drawn out to about a 15-minute length (with a minute or so of silence in the first half, called 'the silence jam' - very popular, nobody knows why).
It's a very [up]beat and mostly [instrumental] song as a live performance, with only one [lyric]al/[vocal] section. It's sung [A Capella] after a 22-[measure] intro, and consists of six lyrics:
Divided sky, the wind blows high,
As far as an interpretation of the lyrics, this is a chant as a part of an ancient [Gamehendge] ritual. In the ritual, three specific chosen lizards eat a root harvested at the base of an enormous mountain. The root is believed to contain the spirit of [Icculus], who lives at the top of the mountain from which the root was [harvest]ed. The lizards approach a large [rhombus] in the middle of a vast [green] field at sunset, mount the rhombus, and praise Icculus in song. The homage that is paid to him is through the chant, "[Divided sky], the wind blows high." This is [one of] at least seven [Gamehendge]-referencing songs not appearing on [The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday].
A much more developed [version] of The Divided Sky was released on [Junta] in 1989, and it has also appeared on several [live album]s including:
[Live in Brooklyn]