Confused from UsaI really like this song, but I am thinking it is a little too dark. I think it is written from the perspective of Dave's brother in law who killed his sister, then committed suicide. I think it is in between the time the murder occurred and the suicide occurred. I listened to it for days and am a big DMB fan, and am sort of hoping I am wrong, but the lyrics make sense. I think Dave was trying to humanize his brother in laws actions, which I understand the need for, but it is haunting.
David from FlaI’m a little late, considering this song is now 17 years old. But I still felt a need to comment. I never was a fan of DM, but this song blew me away! I played it over and over for days. It’s obviously about lost love. The big question is: is it a break up or did she die? Most lyric sites have the key to this question wrong: the line, “Wish I was dead and you were GRIEVING “. I saw a video of him singing the song live in Brazil. I watched and listen multiple times and the proper lyric is: “Wish I was dead and you were BREATHING”. She died. Now it all comes together. By the way, his sister was murdered just prior to him recording the album. Anyway, I’m a little long winded and no one will probably read this anyway, considering how old the post is.
Deck from Syracuse, NyPlays over end credits of the 2003 movie 21 Grams. The song is not on the soundtrack CD.
Joel from Princeton, NjI played this song over and over when I lost my girlfriend. I still play it at times and it makes me think how luck can change life in different ways.
Joel from Port Elizabeth, South AfricaI like Dave Matthews. He did a stint on the American medical drama House MD. Some Devil was used in an episode. It is a depressing song but then the episode it was featured in was also depressing. Cheers.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.