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A friend is always good to have, but a lover’s kiss is better than angels raining down on me.

Dave Matthews

A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other… maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.

Dave Matthews

A lot of the time, I write a lot of angry stuff, but then I don’t want to be a finger-pointer – I’d rather be a cheerleader than a judge. I don’t want to preach as if I’m in some position of righteousness, but I do want to speak my mind and scream at the clouds and shout out of the pit of hopelessness that I sometimes think the human race is in.

Dave Matthews

Being a white South African, I enjoyed the better things that that country gave to a small percentage of its population.

Dave Matthews

Being able to scream at the top of my lungs in front of people is very therapeutic. It is a great gift for me to be able to do that.

Dave Matthews

For me, in songwriting, I have a route I can take. Maybe there’s some forks, I can go this way, this way. But I know those roads. I still have the experience behind me.

Dave Matthews

Good music is good music, and everything else can go to hell.

Dave Matthews

How could I have been anyone other than me?

Dave Matthews

I can’t believe that we would lie in our graves wondering if we had spent our living days well. I can’t believe that we would lie in our graves dreaming of things that we might have been.

Dave Matthews

I definitely like the oddballs. There’s a song called ‘Little Thing,’ which is the only song that I have recorded that has no words. And it’s the one that I get past my critic inside me.

Dave Matthews

I do still get shocked every once in a while when I catch my reflection when I’m walking past a glass building, but it’s in my mind about getting older and finding out what I’m going to look like as it unfolds – or as it folds, depending on where the marks and scars land.

Dave Matthews

I don’t believe in trickle-down economics. I don’t think that people who have the most are inclined to share it, generally.

Dave Matthews

I don’t think everything is going to get peachy ever. But I think we have to fight for what we believe in.

Dave Matthews

I don’t think socialism, and I don’t think warmness and respect are necessarily bad words.

Dave Matthews

I fear that our true motivation is about oil and our own flailing economy; about the failure to destroy Al Qaeda and about revenge.

Dave Matthews

I find a therapy in playing music, in many different ways.

Dave Matthews

I found there’s a fairly blatant racism in America that’s already there, and I don’t think I noticed it when I lived here as a kid. But when I went back to South Africa, and then it’s sort of thrust in your face, and then came back here – I just see it everywhere.

Dave Matthews

I go back to South Africa at least once a year, sometimes twice, and usually for a month. And probably, I’m guessing, I’ll spend more time back there as I get older.

Dave Matthews

I hope that just what I sing about and how I relate to my audience is as much of a political statement as I need to make.

Dave Matthews

I never went to college – I barely got out of high school.

Dave Matthews

I think I am a very kind person. I think I’m joyful, but I could be kinder and I could be more joyful. I do believe peace is a state of grace, and not the absence of violence.

Dave Matthews

I think I’m probably a very sad man wrapped in a very joyful package, and I think I’m very resilient, and I think I’m quite generous, sometimes to a fault. And I’m very bad with money, but I don’t see that too much of a flaw.

Dave Matthews

I think some people would say that I do overwhelm the words with the music, and sometimes thank goodness I do.

Dave Matthews

I think we should all talk to our enemies and talk to our friends. Talk! That’s the only way we’ll find solutions.

Dave Matthews

I use God in my songs a lot but I don’t have a relationship. I don’t know what that means.

Dave Matthews

I want to figure out a way to not be stupid with money, then make a whole bunch of it, then I want to move to Outer Mongolia. I want to milk a yak. Maybe I’ll just settle for a cow.

Dave Matthews

I want to figure out a way to not be stupid with money, then make a whole bunch of it, then I want to move to Outer Mongolia. I want to milk a yak. Maybe I’ll just settle for a cow. Can you milk a bison?

Dave Matthews

I was regularly advised not to go into music, that I should give up that foolish dream.

Dave Matthews

I’ll lean on you and you lean on me and we’ll be okay.

Dave Matthews

I’m a bit of a caveman – I don’t go out into the digital space very often. I lie facedown on the grass and count how many bugs I can find.

Dave Matthews

I’m a fairly tormented artist, and I’m less willing to indulge myself in self-pity, outside of songwriting.

Dave Matthews

I’m a very vicious critic of myself.

Dave Matthews

I’m familiar with that feeling of silence that comes with a very imminent catastrophe, when you know you have absolutely no control over a situation.

Dave Matthews

I’m from a very politically and socially conscious family. My mother always made a point of making us look at what was going on around us and take stock of our part in it.

Dave Matthews

I’m partly obsessed by aging gracefully.

Dave Matthews

I’ve always been obsessed by visual art as I have been by music personally, but that doesn’t mean anything professionally.

Dave Matthews

I’ve never been much of a craftsman, in an educated way. But I think just the experience of writing makes the avenues I follow a little more efficient in some ways. At the same time, when you’re young, you’re a little more fearless, and there’s less of an internal critic.

Dave Matthews

If I find something I like, I’ll chase it and see what comes out the other side. Once a song gets momentum and gets away from you, that’s a good sign.

Dave Matthews

In so many areas of life, I’m a spaz and incompetent.

Dave Matthews

It is criminal to put our servicemen and women in harm’s way and to put the lives of so many civilians on the line for the misguided frustrations of the Bush administration.

Dave Matthews

It’s a melting pot, southern Africa. You find these cultural collisions that result in art and music, and it’s pretty amazing.

Dave Matthews

It’s funny, I get a little quieter with time. I don’t want to chase my tail and one day repeat myself and repeat myself and one day have kids going to college and not have memories that I should, because I was too busy doing my thing.

Dave Matthews

My songs are like a three-legged dog – you have to get to know them to have any love for them.

Dave Matthews

Nothing is black or white, nothing’s ‘us or them.’ But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.

Dave Matthews

So often we talk about saving the planet, but what we really mean is to save the planet the way it is, so we can live here. So that is can sustain us.

Dave Matthews

So often we talk about saving the planet, but what we really mean is to save the planet the way it is, so we can live here. So that is can sustain us. Because the planet doesn’t need to be saved. It doesn’t care if all the squirrels, elephants, and trees die and there’s just a couple of amoebas floating around at the poles.

Dave Matthews

South Africa gives me a perspective of what’s real and what’s not real. So I go back to South Africa to both lose myself and gain awareness of myself. Every time I go back, it doesn’t take long for me to get caught into a very different thing. A very different sense of myself.

Dave Matthews

Success turns a lot of people off. I have a pretty solid sense of joy and respect that irritates people, and can irritate me, too.

Dave Matthews

Take what you can from your dreams, make them as real as anything.

Dave Matthews

The idea of God as a fatherly figure who looks down on us and worries about how we’re doing or takes sides when we have fights – it’s more irritating than Santa Claus. The world and the universe are far more wonderful if there’s not a puppet master.

Dave Matthews

The idea that we’re somehow centrally important to the planet’s existence is pretty comical – although I’d like us to be.

Dave Matthews

The reason I play music is to touch people – for selfish reasons, as well. It feels good to make someone else feel something, whether it’s a kiss, a painting, good idea or it’s a song.

Dave Matthews

The saddest part of the human race is we’re obsessed with this idea of ‘us and them,’ which is really a no-win situation, whether it’s racial, cultural, religious or political.

Dave Matthews

The world and the universe are far more wonderful if there’s not a puppet master.

Dave Matthews

There’s a freedom to being young that is harder to come by as time goes on.

Dave Matthews

There’s war – there’s always been war, as long as most of us have been alive. There have always been people being abused, there’s always been horrible things in the world. Why are we outraged? We should just be quiet and figure it out, and work it out together.

Dave Matthews

Tomorrow is no place to place your better days.

Dave Matthews

We give the podium to a lot of people who shouldn’t have the podium. The message that’s delivered the loudest and in the most entertaining way is the one that we’re going to put on because that’s what we want. We want ratings more than we want to deliver information. That’s just where the culture’s gotten.

Dave Matthews

We have to be active about kindness and about peace. I’ve always fantasized that it would be great if there was a Department of Peace.

Dave Matthews

We look to our leaders once we elect them to either lead us in the right direction or at least not crush us.

Dave Matthews

We’ve never played at this place before. This place is big, and I’m kinda nervous, so we’re going to make it feel small by pretending we’re in a… bedroom. We’ll hang off the edge of the bed, take off our shoes and get naked!

Dave Matthews

Well, I’ve been in a few car wrecks.

Dave Matthews

When I listen to my favorite songwriters, they have such simple melodies and chords. I occasionally manage to stop at the right time, but all too often I keep on going until I have way too many notes and words. But that’s just what I do.

Dave Matthews

When I look at how fortunate I’ve been, being a musician… my response to being overpaid is that I should pay it back to my community in some way.

Dave Matthews

When I write the set, I try to create something that will not only be interesting for the audience, but will have a flow for the band, too, so we don’t get boring.

Dave Matthews

You wear nothing but you wear it so well.

Dave Matthews

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