3/18/07

Sunday Morning Song of the Moment


I have to be fair to Dave. Since I chose a Bob song for a Sunday post a few weeks ago, it's only fair that I pick a Dave song, as well. I'm neurotic like that.

When I first became acquainted with Dave in '95 or '96 on mainstream radio I wasn't impressed. I simply couldn't, for the life of me, figure out just what the big deal was. And then as he became more popular, I didn't like the band on the simple fact that they were so popular.

Fast forward to '98 or '99 when I was driving the vehicle that belonged to a guy "friend" of mine, on our way to go skiing. In his CD player, he had DMB's latest album playing. The album was Before These Crowded Streets.
I once again had the experience whereupon I thought my head was going to explode. As I was driving north on I-95, I felt my heart race a little, I became tense (a good tense), I was gripping the steering wheel with both of my hands. OK, fine, I was white-knuckling it. And my tiny, mousy eyes were as big as saucers.
(Thank god the guy "friend" decided to sleep on the way up. If he saw me like that he probably would have cancelled the trip and taken me into a psychiatric hospital!).

I've only been to one DMB concert about a year and a half ago. Near the end of the show, the crowd was chanting Two Step! (clap, clap) Two Step! (clap, clap) Two Step!, etc.
And the dear, sweaty man and the band obliged us.
When I watch his concerts live, the fans on there do the same thing: Two Step!

The other night, I was listening to the iPod and a live version of Two Step came on. When Dave announced this was the song he was going to sing, it was dead silent. I turned to Rav and said This amazes me.
Why?
Because people go crazy for this song now. I can tell that he had not recorded that song yet. It was virtually unknown. The silence dates this song. That is amazing to me. Because if you were to listen to a more current live album and he played that song, the crowd would be going ape-shit.
Oh.
(Rav is not a Dave fan) or as nutty about music.

The song is beautiful. It's up-tempo and just a beautiful song. It has to be one of my favorites. Which, for me, is hard to pin down. I could listen to a DMB song, that I've never really cared for, on a different live album and it become a new favorite.
But Two Step is tried and true.

Lastly, let me just say that if you hate the songs you hear on the radio, give an album (preferably a live one) a try. His best work is the stuff he doesn't release.

So, now that I'm done ranting on about the ridiculously talented sweaty South African, I'll share the lyrics.

Two Step
By: Dave Matthews Band

Hey, my love, I came to you with
best intentions
You laid down and gave to me just
what I'm seeking
Love , you drive me to distraction

Hey my love do you believe that we
might last a thousand years
Or more if not for this,
our flesh and blood
It ties you and me right up
Tie me down

Celebrate we will
Because life is short but sweet for certain
We're climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue
These things we cannot change

Hey , my love, your can to me like
wine comes to this mouth
Grown tired of water all the time
You quench my heart and you
quench my mind

Celebrate we will
Because life is short but
sweet for certain
We're climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue
The things we cannot

Celebrate , you and me ,climbing
two by two ,to be sure
these days continue , these things we
cannot change

Oh , my love I came to you
with best intentions
You laid down down and gave to me
just what I'm seeking

Celebrate we will
Because life is short
But sweet for certain
We're climbing two by two
to be sure these days continue
Things we cannot change...
Things we cannot change

1 ripples in the pond:

dionna said...

I was the same way back when DMB was big. I kept asking why, and never got an answer. I'll have to give him another chance.