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There are always two signals in any given 'sign.'
The first says,'listen up!
I'm gonna say something!!'
The second tells what to do.
The first is always the same.
The second is the variable.
In some cases
(asshole in the front row)

the second actually leads
to a third,
but this is usually not the case.
The first signal is a high pitched trill,
usually carried for twomeasures.
Anyone--Trey, Mike or Page may do it
(But not Fish:
'Fish talks so much in real life that we don't let him talk here!'--Trey).

If the jam is really hectic, the signal is different.
It is a one measure figure which sounds like CCCC/Bb Bb/G G/Bb
(slash = beat division),
although it changes with different keys.
This used to be the signal
(listen to old bootlegs),
but is usedonly rarely now.

The second signal:
here is a catalogue of signals based on Trey'sintro,
and on my own observations:

1) Simpsons theme song (you know!):
Everyone goes 'D'OH!!'

2) Music to 'To everything, turn, turn, turn':
Everyone turns around and screams.

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3) Four falling notes:
a one measure figure, each note is bent down to the next
(on the guitar, anyway):
everyone falls down.

4) Triplets of a strange sounding altered chord on beats 1,3,1,3
(two measures):
point to asshole in the front row.
(What do they do after this?
Anyone at Portsmouth that can explain the cheering?)

5) One measure figure that sounds like zip zip zip zip!
(i.e. hand slides up the fretboard very quickly 4x):
Band immediately plays a four bar waltz stomp.

6) music to 'it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing):
band cuts immediately to swing beat.

7) scraping sound on the guitar
(similar to #5, except that scrapes are lower pitched, and go both down and up the fretboard):
everyone shouts, 'AWWW FUCK!'

8) Circus theme
(listen to the intro to esther--but note!
This is not a signal!
It lacks the first part--the attention getter.):
everyone sings a random note.

That's all I have been able to decipher up to this point,
although I suspect the presence of at least two more:
One that just says,stop and freeze!
One that says, stop and wave your hands up anddown wildly
(the strobes come on for this one).

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Miscellaneous 1
Album songs
1.Alumni Blues
2.The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday
5.AC/DC Bag
8.Union Federal(Provided)
9.Guelah Papyrus
10.Avinu Malkenu
12.Big Black Furry Creature From Mars
13.Blue and Lonesome
15.Buffalo Bill
16.Carolina On My Mind
17.Colonel Forbin's Ascent Narrative - version1
18.Colonel Forbin's Ascent Narrative - version2
19.Cracklin' Rosie
20.The Curtain
21.Daniel Saw the Stone
22.Dear Mrs. Reagan
23.Destiny Unbound Modifications
24.Dog Log (or Doggone Dog)
25.Free Bird
26.Fuck Your Face
27.Halley's Comet ->
30.I Didn't Know
31.If I Only had a Brain
32.TV Show
33.Language Instructions (Modify)
34.Love You
35.Loving Cup
36.McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters
37.My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own
38.Nellie Kane
40.No Dogs Allowed
41.Old Home Place
42.Paul and Silas
43.Punch You In the Eye
45.Runaway Jim
47.Trials and Tribulations
48.Sleeping Monkey ->
49.Strange Design
50.Suzie Greenberg
51.Timber Ho!
52.The Landlady(Provided)
53.Uncle Pen
54.The Inlaw Josey Wales(Provided)
55.Esther (Alternate Version)
59.Anything but Me
60.Back on the Train
62.Bitchin' Again
64.Carolina (or Carolina On My Mind)
65.Crimes Of The Mind
67.Destiny Unbound
72.Family Picture
73.Famous Mockingbird
74.First Tube(Provided)
75.Gotta Jibboo
76.Heavy Things
77.Introduction Narration
78.King of Nothing
80.Lucy In The Subway
82.Mexican Cousin
84.Ordinary Day
85.Pebbles And Marbles
87.Revolution's Over
88.Round Room