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Lyrics

Big Eyed Fish (Lyrics)

Also known as "One Eyed Fish" this is one of the few songs to have been teased in concert before it was fully played. Having been recorded in the Lillywhite Studio Sessions, Big Eyed Fish was released through a demo leak and became incredibly popular with fans. Known to have been soundchecked in 2000, fans knew the song had a high potential to be played in 2001 and drew up signs for it early on on the 2001 summer tour. And as the teases foreshadowed, the song made its debut in the encore of 5.14.01 as "Fish Monkey Man" on the 2001 Summer Tour. It quickly developed into the band's showpiece as classic 1-2 combo with Bartender featuring Roi on the Pennywhistle bridge. Since then, it has only been played full band a few times without preceding Bartender. When it is played into Bartender, song time ends as soon as Boyd's droning intro becomes the most prominent thing you hear. - dmbalmanac

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Main Lyrics

Look at this big - eyed fish swimming in the sea oh
How it dreams to be a bird swoop and diving through the breeze
So one day caught a big old wave up on to the beach
Now he’s dead you see beneath the sea is where a fish should be

But oh God
Under the weight of life
Things seem brighter on the other side

You see this crazy man decided not to breathe
He turned red and blue - purple, colorful indeed
No matter how his friends begged and pleaded the man would not concede
And now he’s dead you see the silly man should know you got to breathe

But oh God
Under the weight of life
Things seem brighter on the other side

Oh God
Under the weight of life
Things seem so much better on the other side

No way, no way
No way out of here

You see the little monkey sitting up in his monkey tree
One day decided to climb down and run off to the city
But look at him now lost tired living in the street
As good as dead you see what a monkey does - stay up your tree

But oh God
Under the weight of life
Things seem brighter on the other side

Oh God
Under the weight of life
Things seem so much better on the other side

No way, no way, no way
No way out of here

Rain in my dreams

Fall away


Alternate lyrics taken from the 2000 "Lillywhite Sessions".

Story of a man who decided not to breathe
Turned red, purple, and blue, colorful indeed
No matter how his friends begged, well, he would not concede
And now he's dead, 'cause everybody know you've got to breathe

But, oh God, under the weight of life
Things seem brighter on the other side
Lighter on the other side

another one, see this monkey, sittin' in his tree
One day decided to climb down and ran off to the city
Look at him now, tired, and drunk, and living in the street
As good as dead, you see, a monkey should know "stay up your tree"

But, oh God, under the weight of life
Things seem brighter on the other side
Oh God, but under the weight of life
Things seem much lighter on the other side

No way, no way, no way out

another one, a big eyed fish, swimmin' in the sea
And how he dreamed, he wants to be a bird, swooping diving through the breeze
One day, he caught big blue wave up on to the beach
Now he's dead, you see, a fish's dreams should stay in the sea

well God, under the weight of life
Things seem brighter on the other side
But, oh God, under the weight of life
Things seem brighter on the other side

No way, no way, no way out
No way out...

Other Alternate/Working Titles: One Eyed Fish, Fish Monkey Man, Man Bird Fish Monkey, Fishman & the Drunk Monkey, Fish Monkey, A Little Fishy, Street Fish, Roi's Bent Fish, Fish Schtick