Bartender

Album: Busted Stuff (2002)

Songfacts®:

  • The lyrics refer to God. In the song, Matthews sings about seeking redemption at a bar in heaven where God is the bartender.
  • Matthews actually was a bartender at Miller's in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • This was part of the "Lillywhite Sessions," a set of songs the band recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite, but decided not to release because members of the band and record label felt they were too depressing. The sessions were leaked on the Internet and widely bootlegged. The response from fans was great, which prompted the band to release the songs on an album over a year after they were first recorded. The result was Busted Stuff, which was basically a re-recording of the original sessions.
  • This was played in concert many times long before it was released. It is one of the songs on the album that had been tested on the road and was already a fan favorite. Other songs on the album that had been played at shows include "Grey Street," "Where Are You Going," and "Grace Is Gone." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Live Freak - Beirut, Lebanon
  • After this was recorded and put on the shelf, Matthews collaborated with producer Glen Ballard on the album Everyday.
  • This was the first album the band recorded without any guest musicians.

Comments: 11

  • Carl FabyWhat live cd does Dave talk about taking a dip in a small creek he also starts the show off with it's good to be back at the fox.
  • Tom from Leeds, United KingdomThis was the first song they played after LeRoi Moore (sax) died
  • Tyler from Clarkesville , GaThis song is best Live at Radio City when its just Dave and Tin Reynolds.
  • Mounia from Beirut, Lebanonmy favorite version is from the concert of july 21, 2001, don't know where it took place, but it's the version they have on youtube with the date 21 july, 2001

    Bartender and Warehouse are my favorite, followed very closely by Typical Situation
  • Matthew from Milford, MaGod as a bartender... why does that strike me as rather funny? I mean, I know that Jesus turned water into wine ("We need more wine up here, Son!"), but still...
  • Bryan from Syracuse, NySaw Dave 7 times in one Decade and only heard this song 1 time.
  • Leon from Waterbury, CtDave Matthews has said this is "an Agnostic song about God".
  • Jeremy from Clay, Nythis is one of my favorite Dave Matthews Band songs..daves whale at the end gives me the goosebumps evrytime time i hear it...it is probally my favorite song to hear live
  • Ash from Charleston, WvThe live version on "Live at Folsom Field" is simply incredible.
  • Adeeb from Dhaka, Otherwonderous
  • Justin from Felts Mills, NyIn my opinion, this is one of DMB's most powerful songs, and easily the best song to close an album. The lyricism and the musical arrangements are on an epic scale that DMB had not reached before. Dave's lyrics are brilliant and often times moving, and even after he finishes singing, the brilliant playing of the entire band takes the song to new heights. "Bartender" is a majestic masterpiece, and maybe one of DMB's best...great song
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