Tom Marshall (singer)

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Tom Marshall
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Tom Marshall in 2001
Background information
Born (1963-11-12) November 12, 1963 (age 54)
Origin Princeton, New Jersey
Genres Psychedelic rock, rock music, jam band
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards, vocals
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Phish, Amfibian, Bivouac Jaun, The McLovins

Tom Marshall (born November 12, 1963) is an American lyricist, keyboardist and singer-songwriter best known for his association with Trey Anastasio and the rock band Phish.[1] He has been the primary external lyricist for Phish during their career (1983–2004, 2009–present), with songwriting credits for more than 95 originals. In addition to his songwriting work, Marshall also fronts the rock band Amfibian and hosts the Phish podcast Under the Scales.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Marshall attended Princeton Day School in New Jersey with Anastasio. The duo began writing songs together as early as the eighth grade (the reggae tune "Makisupa Policeman" is often regarded as the duo's first collaboration and the very first Phish original song).[citation needed] Other early collaborations include Bivouac Jaun, a project recorded by Marshall, Anastasio, and their friend Marc Daubert (who occasionally played percussion with Phish in 1984 and wrote the lyrics to their classic "The Curtain"). Many of the pieces recorded on Bivouac Jaun appeared on The White Tape. Marshall also was instrumental in influencing The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday, a Phish concept album and song cycle about the mystical land of Gamehendge written by Anastasio and used as his senior thesis at Goddard College in 1987.

Marshall, Anastasio, and friends would meet at The Rhombus, a giant piece of art located in a park next to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and embark on lengthy songwriting sessions. Many characters and locations mentioned in early Phish songs reference these songwriting sessions. In one instance, Marshall wrote the original lyrics to the Gamehendge song "McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters" and nailed them to Anastasio's front door. By 1985, Anastasio and Marshall had parted ways as Anastasio became more involved with Phish at the University of Vermont.

Years later in 1989, Marshall apparently heard Phish's Junta album and thought to himself, "these guys really need lyrics." Marshall and Anastasio reunited and began a long songwriting partnership that resulted in over 100 songs over the next fifteen years. Anastasio's 2005 solo album Shine marks the first time since the pre-Junta years that he has not worked with Marshall.

In addition to working closely with Anastasio, Marshall fronts his own band, Amfibian, currently on hiatus.

In the fall of 2010, Marshall collaborated with CT jam band The McLovins to co-write "Cohesive", recorded with Marshall and Anthony Krizan (of Spin Doctors fame) at Krizan's Sonic Boom studios. In mid-November 2010, Marshall joined his longtime friend Trey Anastasio on stage at the historic Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall Princeton University bringing them back to their roots.

Marshall has a wife named Lea-Lea, a daughter named Anna and a son named Brodie. He is also a lover of good beer and witty banter.

List of songs[edit]

This is an incomplete list of titles whose lyrics Tom Marshall has written or co-written.[3]

Song Artist Album Year
The Squirming Coil Phish Lawn Boy 1990
Lawn Boy Phish Lawn Boy 1990
Bouncing Around the Room Phish Lawn Boy 1990
Cavern Phish A Picture of Nectar 1992
Stash Phish A Picture of Nectar 1992
Guelah Papyrus Phish A Picture of Nectar 1992
Glide Phish A Picture of Nectar 1992
Chalk Dust Torture Phish A Picture of Nectar 1992
Rift Phish Rift 1993
Fast Enough for You Phish Rift 1993
Maze Phish Rift 1993
Sparkle Phish Rift 1993
Horn Phish Rift 1993
The Wedge Phish Rift 1993
My Friend, My Friend Phish Rift 1993
It's Ice Phish Rift 1993
The Horse Phish Rift 1993
Silent in the Morning Phish Rift 1993
Julius Phish Hoist 1994
Down with Disease Phish Hoist 1994
Axilla (Part II) Phish Hoist 1994
Lifeboy Phish Hoist 1994
Sample in a Jar Phish Hoist 1994
Wolfman's Brother Phish Hoist 1994
Dog Faced Boy Phish Hoist 1994
Demand Phish Hoist 1994
Wilson Phish A Live One 1995
Free Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Character Zero Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Waste Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Taste Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Talk Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Theme from the Bottom Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Swept Away Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Steep Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Prince Caspian Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Ghost Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Birds of a Feather Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Meat Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Guyute Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Fikus Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Shafty Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Frankie Says Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Brian and Robert Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Water in the Sky Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Roggae Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Wading in the Velvet Sea Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
The Moma Dance Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
End of Session Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
NICU Phish Hampton Comes Alive 1999
Dogs Stole Things Phish Hampton Comes Alive 1999
Farmhouse Phish Farmhouse 2000
Twist Phish Farmhouse 2000
Bug Phish Farmhouse 2000
Back on the Train Phish Farmhouse 2000
Heavy Things Phish Farmhouse 2000
Dirt Phish Farmhouse 2000
Piper Phish Farmhouse 2000
Sleep Phish Farmhouse 2000
Sand Phish Farmhouse 2000
Pebbles and Marbles Phish Round Room 2002
Anything But Me Phish Round Room 2002
Mexican Cousin Phish Round Room 2002
Friday Phish Round Room 2002
Seven Below Phish Round Room 2002
46 Days Phish Round Room 2002
All of These Dreams Phish Round Room 2002
Walls of the Cave Phish Round Room 2002
Thunderhead Phish Round Room 2002
Waves Phish Round Room 2002
Scents and Subtle Sounds (Intro) Phish Undermind 2004
Undermind Phish Undermind 2004
The Connection Phish Undermind 2004
A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing Phish Undermind 2004
Crowd Control Phish Undermind 2004
Nothing Phish Undermind 2004
Two Versions of Me Phish Undermind 2004
Scents and Subtle Sounds Phish Undermind 2004
Secret Smile Phish Undermind 2004
Grind Phish Undermind 2004
Strange Design Phish Billy Breathes 1996
Backwards Down the Number Line Phish Joy 2009
Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan Phish Joy 2009
Joy Phish Joy 2009
Ocelot Phish Joy 2009
Kill Devil Falls Phish Joy 2009
Light Phish Joy 2009
Twenty Years Later Phish Joy 2009
Devotion to a Dream Phish Fuego 2014
Winterqueen Phish Fuego 2014
Sing Monica Phish Fuego 2014
Blaze On Phish Big Boat 2016
Running Out of Time Phish Big Boat 2016
No Men in No Man's Land Phish Big Boat 2016
Axilla I Phish Hampton Comes Alive 1999
Steam Phish



  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2015). Go Phish. St. Martin's Press. p. 17. ISBN 9781250094971. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Under the Scales | All Episodes". Under the Scales. Retrieved 17 September 2018. 
  3. ^ Higgins, John. "The Official Bernie Taupin Lyric Collection". Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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