Sunday, December 20, 2009

985 : #41 by Dave Matthews Band

(If you have not noticed, I have been hearing so much of Dave Matthews Band recently, that for me, its almost like a re-discovery of an old love. My music mirrors my real life :-))

I have been hearing #41 for at least 7 years now. And then recently heard the 22 minute monster version which they played live at Worcester, MA in 1998.

The actual song and lyrics (more on that in a minute) get over at around  4 min 20 seconds…and then the improvisations kick in. Its unbelievable – almost as if, a jazz concert is in play. There is some out of this world Sax, drums, vocal blitzkrieg and guitar in this piece for the next mesmerizing 17 mins.

(Hear the bit(s) in the song, where all instruments/sounds almost hit manically proportions (multiple times) between the 6 and 18th minute, before they all converge on the main chord and melody again(and again)….the audience applause the end of each of those virtuosos of madness has to be listened to, to be believed.)

I would fly anywhere in the world to see them play a similar version live again. (Have already added a DMB live concert as a item on my bucket list, mentally at least, will soon update it on the blog :-))

This song is supposedly about Dave’s personal frustration about how after a point the commercialization started getting to him and the band….very unlike the college band they were and always wanted to be. Another story is it is about his sister who he lost tragically at an young age….though I think the former story is more likely.

The SIMPLY OUTSTANDING lyrics (most sites seem to have gotten the lyrics all wrong….)

Come and see
I swear by now I'm playing time against my troubles
Oh, I'm coming slow but speeding
Do you wish for a dance and while
I'm in the front
The play on time is won
Oh, but the difficulty's coming here

I will go in this way
Oh, and find my own way out
I won't tell you what to be
But I'm coming to much more
All at once the ghosts come back
Reeling in you now
Tell me, What if they came down crushing
It used to be that you and me
play for all of the loneliness that nobody notices now
I'm begging slow I'm coming here

Only waiting I wanted to stay
I wanted to play,
I wanted to love you
I'm only this far
And only tomorrow leads my way

I'm coming waltzing back and
moving into your head
Please, I wouldn't pass this by
Oh no, I wouldn't take any more than
What sort of man goes by?
I will bring you water
Why won't you ever be glad
It melts into wonder
I came in praying for you
Why won't you run
in the rain and play
Let the tears splash all over you

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