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The Space Between

by

Dave Matthews Band



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About finding the ideal partner. Matthews writes a lot of songs based on the emotions that come with love.
Second single from the album. The first was "I Did It."
Produced and co-written by Glen Ballard, who has worked on albums with Def Leppard, Aerosmith, and Alanis Morissette.
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Comments (41):

Our marriage was sooo over and we were there for the kids. My husband has expressed his interest in trying to reignite our marriage, while waiting for my response he suddenly died. This song took on a whole new meaning for me............
- Keely, Grand Rapids, MI
To me this song is about struggling to keep a marriage/life partnership together, the bittersweet, the highs and lows of a relationship.
- Rebekah, Jonestown, TX, TX
This particular song, Baby Blue, and Crash Into Me pretty much make up my theme song! :D
- Emma, Caledonia, NY
What a great song and outstanding musicianship. I was fortunate enough to cover this song. Thank you to those responsible for posting my vid, as shown above.
- David, Mechanicsburg, PA
- David, Mechanicsburg, PA
This song definately is a powerful insiration to live your life to the fullest. Awesome Band man soo great.
- Garrett, Pittsburgh, PA
i think the song reminds us that no matter what we do in life there will always be that space that we can never quite fill and it effects us in ways that we can never understand.
- brian, dekalb, IL
this song to me is about a guy that would do anything to stay in a relationship with his girlfiend..."i have all the time for you love". However the girl thinks its too little too late and already has one foot out the door. They are both tired of the games and lies and the relationship is getting to be too much work and to her she is so past caring that his new found efforts to care is just not enough to keep them together.
- Andrew, Grand Forks, ND
I saw a documentary on The Dave Mathews Band, and he was saying his music is made to inspire people. He did an amazing job. And pretty much the lyrics mean whatever you hear them to be. Whatever personal is going on in your life at that moment will influence the meaning on the song. He is very poetic and loves what he does very much, and it shows.
- Bethany, Hamilton, OH
I think "The Space Between" refers to the difference between what we share with other people and what we keep to ourselves. There are things that everyone keeps to thereself and I think that Dave is trying to show that this separation we keep between us and the world needs to be taken down...we shouldn't need a barrier between us and the world.
- Jake, Bloomington, IN
I would have to say that everyone who posted a comment about this song is right. I remember reading about an interview with Dave matthews and he was asked what a certain song was about and he said that to him now it meant something completely different than it does to him today. He said that everyone who hears a song will derive the meaning the need or want out of it, because we are all unique and all are presented with different obstacles and rewards and that is what shapes the meaning of a song. He saiys when he hears a song he wrote ten years ago on the radio or in the car or plays it at a show he sometimes will all the sudden be like wow that means this to me. Because he has chnaged and his outlook on the world has changed.
- Nicole, Portland, ME
This is according to MTV.com: "Matthews says 'The Space Between' is about 'that connection we can never make. It?s accepting that we?re basically alone. That?s kind of what life is about, trying to bridge the gap that?s between us.'

Brilliant, beautiful song
- Jason, Gilbert, AZ
Well said Laura, Edmonton. I agree with you 100%
- Adam, Columbia, SC
The lyrics are amazing and I love the music video. Its such an emotional song.
- Corey Maller, Roslyn Heights, NY
This song was written in 2001, so why it would be overplayed in the 90's is beyond me.
- Bill, Kaneohe, HI
I think the music video is symbolic in some form. When the rain starts, the mother embraces her baby more and the couple in the back of the truck huddle closer. I think this represents that people can come closer together in sad times.
- Bill, Kaneohe, HI
don't get me wrong i love dave mattews and the band i just hate this song it was so over played in the 90's and its just like umm bop...good at first ...but after 419, 396,732,475,613 times it gets old and meaning less...sorry no effence dave ...i love you other songs tho :)
- Madalyn, Greensburg, PA
"The space between the bullets in our fire fight is where I'll be hiding waiting for you"
This song makes me cry, anyone who has ever suffered at the hands of a lover can relate in my opinion.
Great song,
- Andrew, Marco Island, FL
This song reminds me of a couple who are waiting and waiting- whom the man is completely in love with a happily married woman and the happily married woman is love with the other man. It reminds me of the lies they would tell to eachother and to anyone else involved just... to fight to keep what they have going. It is about two people who would do anything to be together-but won't because they can't make it right.....Still they can't help it... even though they know it is a sin to ever even consider being together... So- finally in the end they just do the wrong thing and choose to be together no matter the consequenses because their love was so strong and right- even if everyone saw see it as wrong. It was really their only option in the end. just my opinion!
- Tahnya, Plano, TX
This is coming in kinda late but i could not interpret better myself than Laura, from Edmonton.

Its about a guy and a girl having problems in there relationship. They lie, and they play mind games. "The key to this whole song write here, is the true to all relatioships... "The tears we cry is the laughter keeps us coming back for more". This couldn't be more true about relationships in general; The fights,arguements,problems,anger and tears that people have in relationships, are the reason why people come back to eachother. People yearn to have those feelings, they yearn for the good and the bad, and thats what keeps people coming back for more in relationships. Dave matthews in genious."
- Laura, Edmonton, - -
Thanks Laura
- Javier, KLAX, CA
dave matthews may not be the absolute best guitarists of all time but i think he his definatly a really awsome one and i think he is one of the best poets....whos better I wanna know?
- mackenzie, blessington, Canada
Hola! I´m from Mexico and I really enjoy the music and lyrics of this Song; the meaning for me it's about a breaking relationship, when you just decide to stop the fighting with the person you still in love. Althoug the feelings stay deep inside, you know that to be separate is healthier for both; so you have to say "the space between your heart and mine is the space we'll fill with time"; I think that means that "maybe we´ll be together again, maybe we´ll forget each other, let the Time fix our hearts because I cant´t take it anymore"...It's to me a kind of hope of feeling better after the breakdown and resignation about things we cannot change... I lived this situation recently, so that's why this song is really special, everyone in a relationship whith tears and laughs can find identification. Un beso
- Norah, Cuernavaca, Mexico
I think its about a gay guy. stuck in the closet ya know?
- sam, swannanoa, NC
Its about a guy and a girl having problems in there relationship. They lie, they mind games with eachother and because of it they have a "space Between" them. When he says "You cannot quit me so quickly,There's no hope in you for me.No corner you could squeeze me? But I got all the time for you, love" he's saying I wanna spend all my time with you, but you can't seem to fit me into your life. And the key to this whole song write here, is the true to all relatioships... "The tears we cry is the laughter keeps us coming back for more". This couldn't be more true about relationships in general; The fights,arguements,problems,anger and tears that people have in relationships, are the reason why people come back to eachother. People yearn to have those feelings, they yearn for the good and the bad, and thats what keeps people coming back for more in relationships.

Dave matthews in genious.
- Laura, Edmonton
i totally agree with Jenie from Italy. when DAve says "The space between
Where you smile and hide
That's where you'll find me if I get to go
The space between
The bullets in our fire fight
Is where I'll be hiding waiting for you"
is about when you are fighting in your relationship and he is saying i am done fighting with you and when you are ready to move on you know where i will be.

christopher.haupt@navy.mil
- chris, san diego, CA
i think this song is about a boys confusion as well as fear of love. when he sings "the space between the wicked lies we tell and hope to keep safe from the pain" is an example of the boys fear to completely reveal himself to this girl because he may get too close to her and wind up hurt. "the wasted hours of talking, talking.. these twisted games we're playing" by using the word "wasted" to describe talking to this girl also shows that he is afraid to get too close to her. it could also be interpreted as wasted because possibly they are talking and nothing is coming of it. this is why i feel the song portrays love as confusing. even the title represents confusion because in love, there should be no space between two hearts. but thats just my opinion.
- Amanda, New York City, NY
This truly is a great song. I had always liked it but it wasn't until I got into a relationship that I fully understood its meaning. I think that's true of a lot of their songs, if you have never loved you can't appreciate the lyrics.
- Andy, Hershey, PA
Great song... (and everyone is entitled to their opinion, charlie).
- Kelly, SmallTown, AR
What I find amazing about this song is the truth in it all. In a relationship, there are times we fight and there are times we smile. And it's in between the times we fight that we smile (and vice versa). A relationship is often love-hate, because it's hard to be lukewarm about someone you spend all that time with, who knows you that well. And I think this song captures all the feelings that go through a relationship - confusion, love, hate, desire and so much more. This is a great song.
- Jenie, Naples, Italy
This song to me sounds like a conversation between two people. Like Dave is saying something and the next line is someone responding. I think it's a real cool write a song.
- Cheryl, Schenectady, NY
"You cannot quit me so quickly"...This speaks to any person who had the door closed before they were ready to close it. Great song and I love this band.
- Wes, Atlanta, GA
Although I am quite young,(16) I can appreciate Dave more than anyone I know. All my friends who listen to him but are not influenced as much hear this song and say, "This is your favorite?!" in a very cynical manner. However, this song is a prime example of why Dave is the best; the lyrics easily match the tempo of the song and you know that he choices every word for a reason. "The Space Between" represents so many different elements in Dave's life that none of us can even begin to see whether it refers to his love life or his policitcally view on the distance between society and its own government. Nonetheless, Dave has always been, will always be #1 in my book.
- Brett, Philadelphia, PA
One of the reasons that DMB is so awesome and is able to speak to so many is that everything they say, and every message they portray is for a reason. You know that your hearing something that really means something to them and this song shows it about as well as any.
- Emma, Indianapolis, IN
While Everyday was different from many of the other albums, it was still very good. The Space Between is the perfect example. It's a great song.
- Tom, St. Louis, MO
dave mathews is the greatest guitar player ever? the greatest poet ever? hardly.
- charlie, Thomaston, DC
When youre in the military, and so is your brother, this song takes on a whole new meaning. Love the ones that are close to you. Take my word for it.
- Josh, Dover, OH
I never understood all of the criticism surrounding this album. I think it's every bit as good as the others. True, the usual DMB jam sessions were absent. But Everyday still has great songs, just like their other albums.
- ash, Charleston, WV
Everyday was a dissappointment (many songs are better in concert, however) but I think this is one of the best on there, its a great song. Just wish he could've involved the whole band, and given Leroi or Boyd a bigger solo. Awesome lyrics nonetheless
- Tommy, Southboro, MA
This song has a happy go lucky aura to it that makes it simple and uplifting. Speaks from the heart. Good, solid stuff.
- Adeeb, Dhaka, Other
What I dig about this song is the SPACE in the music: DMB know how to create the magical, perfect mood for the words that are being sung, the emotion space, the colours that are to be seen or the images visualised when you listen to their music. I respect and love Carter Beauford too much to express in words. We all know about his classy cymbal colouring: in the intro and the outro to this song, the triplets on the ride are so haunting, they stay on with Sefan's bass slide! One of my favourite songs of Everyday.
- Arka, Calcutta, AR
Yes, Dave Matthews is the greatest musician ever! I've loved him for as long as I can remember. His words flow without thought, and he can say the weirdest thing and make it sound like the sweetest thing in the world. He really is an awesome lyricist and the most talented guitar player I've ever heard.
- Sarah, Breckenridge, MN
Dave Matthews is the greatest musician. He is so emotional and spiritual. The words he uses in his songs describe love and its roller coaster ride so well. He is a true poet and genius.
- Denise, San Jose, CA
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