I'll Back You Up

Album: Remember Two Things (1993)
Play Video
  • I remember thinking
    I'll go on forever only knowing
    I'll see you again
    But I know
    The touch of you is so hard to remember
    But like that touch I know no other

    And for sure we have danced
    In the risk of each other
    Would like to dance
    Around the world with me

    I'll be falling all about my own thing
    And I know your the heaviest weight
    When your not here that's hung
    Around my head

    And your lips burn wild
    Thrown from the face of a child
    And in your eyes
    The seeing of the greatest few
    Do what you will, always
    Walk where you like, your steps
    Do as you please, I'll back you up

    I remember thinking
    Sometimes we walk
    Sometimes we run away
    But I know
    No matter how fast we are running
    Somehow we keep
    Somehow we keep up with each other

    I'll be falling all about my own thing
    And I know your the heaviest weight
    When your not here that's hung
    Around my head

    And your lips burn wild
    Thrown from the face of a child
    And in your eyes
    The seeing of the greatest few
    Do what you will, always
    Walk where you like, your steps
    Do as you please, I'll back you up Writer/s: DAVID JOHN MATTHEWS
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Eduardo from Curitiba, BrazilActually, the first song Dave wrote is "The Song That Jane Likes".
  • Beau from Phoenix, Az"The Song That Jane Likes" actually predates DMB by about 2 years; it appeared on a disc Dave did with Mark Roebuck called Tribe of Heaven, which was recorded in 1989 but never actually released until 2005.
  • Ines from Miami, FlI just want to know what this song is about? I love it! But I don't fully understand the lyrics. Thanks =o)
  • Ryan from New York, NyI believed this one was about Anne Matthews
  • Bryan from Syracuse, NyI have walked in Dave's shoes then.
  • Gabe from New York, NyIf I remember correctly, The Song That Jane Likes, was Dave's first musically written peice with the band, while I'll Back You Up was his first song containing lyrics.
  • Jesse from Peterborough, CanadaYou're all missing a rather important point. Tim Reynolds played the solo and harmony guitar parts.
  • Ben from Harpers Ferry, WvThis was the first complete song- the music for the song that jane likes was complete before this song, but the words came after. It is a good song, beautiful music but a little wimpy in its sentiment. It shows the evolution of his relationships with women, however, if you compare it to later songs.
  • Dan from Port Jervis, NyAccording to www.antsmarching.org, The Song That Jane Likes was the second song he wrote. They say that Dave wrote this song in April 1990 and wrote TSTJL in October 1990.
  • Tommy from Southboro, MaI think "The Song that Jane Likes" is the first song Dave wrote...I may be wrong though, correct me if I am
  • Lucian from Blacksburg, VaThis was accualy written by Dave after he had asked Grey to marry him (3 times...poor guy!). Holloween is the "sequel" to this, and basically says F You!
  • Emily from Houston, TxThis is a beautiful song that seems to be somewhat underrated for what it is and what it is about as well as the amazing guitar melodies. Dave Matthews sure set his band off to a great start with this one!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillian

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillianSong Writing

A Soul Train dancer takes us through a day on the show, and explains what you had to do to get camera time.

Billy Gould of Faith No More

Billy Gould of Faith No MoreSongwriter Interviews

Faith No More's bassist, Billy Gould, chats to us about his two new experimental projects, The Talking Book and House of Hayduk, and also shares some stories from the FNM days.

Kevin Godley

Kevin GodleySongwriter Interviews

Kevin Godley talks about directing classic videos for The Police, U2 and Duran Duran, and discusses song and videos he made with 10cc and Godley & Creme.

Rupert Hine

Rupert HineSongwriter Interviews

Producer Rupert Hine talks about crafting hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.

Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa CarltonSongwriter Interviews

The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks and how she captured a song from a dream.

Daryl Hall

Daryl HallSongwriter Interviews

Daryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - only one of these developments excites him.