The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday was the senior study of Trey Anastasio, guitarist and primary vocalist of the rock band Phish, written while he attended Goddard College in 1987. The story was an essay piece and is composed primarily of a collection of songs performed by Phish that tell the tale of the fictional land of Gamehendge. It has been compared to The Chronicles of Narnia and Jim Morrison's Lizard King. Phish circulated a studio recording of the suite in 1987 and 1988, which quickly became a collector's item. The story is told in nine parts with narration in between. Colonel Forbin is the protagonist of the story. Other characters include Tela, aka "jewel of Wilson's foul domain" and the "evil" Wilson. Several of the narrative sections are accompanied by background music from the Phish songs "Esther" and "McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters." The album's final song, "Possum," is the only song in the Gamehendge cycle not penned by Anastasio (it was written by original Phish guitarist Jeff Holdsworth). The album can only be found in bootleg form.
Many of the songs from this album became commonly played songs at live shows throughout Phish's history.
There are many other Phish songs that tie into the Gamehendge universe, including: