“#41” – Dave Matthews Band


Every once in a while an artist comes along who has their own unique sound.  From the moment Dave Matthews hit the music scene many years ago he was different.  His songs didn’t follow conventional songwriting formulas and he used many different types of instruments.  He would actually have violin and flute solos in hit songs.   His music was a breath of fresh air that came at a time where things had gotten a bit stale and formulaic in popular music.  He never plays down to his audience but instead elevates our appreciation of what’s artistically possible.   I’m glad Dave continues to carve out his own artistic path and broaden our perception of what songwriting can be.  The song “#41″ has always been one of my favorites.

Come and see 
I swear by now I’m playing time against my troubles 
I’m coming slow but speeding 
Do you wish a dance and while 
I’m in the front 
The play on time is won 
But the difficulty is coming here 
I will go in this way 
And find my own way out 
I won’t tell you to stay 
But I’m coming to much more 
Me 
All at once the ghosts come back 
Reeling in you now 
What if they came down crushing 
Remember when I used to play for 
All of the loneliness that nobody 
Notices now 
I’m begging slow I’m coming here 
Only waiting I wanted to stay 
I wanted to play, 
I wanted to love you 
I’m only this far 
And only tomorrow leads my way 
I’m coming waltzing back and 
Moving into your head 
Please, I wouldn’t pass this by 
I wouldn’t take any more than 
What sort of man goes by 
I will bring water 
Why won’t you ever be glad 
It melts into wonder 
I came in praying for you 
Why won’t you run 
In the rain and play 
Let the tears splash all over you

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About robined

Ed Robinson is an Executive Coach, Management Consultant, Teacher, Writer and Music Lover.
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