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Currently Awaiting Liberation
One of the most exciting aspects of a Dave Matthews Band show is the possibility that on any given night, just about any given song can be played. Now the reality is that there are songs that are played with far more regularity than others. It has become a bit of a sport for fans to chase song "liberations", which occur when a song has been played for the first time after a lengthy hiatus.

Conditions for Song Liberation
A line has to be drawn somewhere, and after careful consideration, we at Ants have come up with the following criteria for what constitutes a song liberation:

  • 150 shows since last performance - This is the most subjective criteria of the bunch, admittedly. While humans measure time in terms of days, the pandemic response that forced the cancellation of the 2020 tour pushed us to consider "shows since" as our preferred metric for judging song scarcity. For example, should DMB go on a 3-year hiatus, we wouldn't consider every song a liberation upon return. 150 shows is somewhere in the ballpark of 3 years' worth of shows, and that feels about right.

  • No Teasing - Must be considered a full performance of the song. Teases and partials will not be considered a valid liberation.

  • Cover Song Minimum: 10 Plays - The band is known for playing lots of covers, but very few stick around for the long haul. Those that do, certainly warrant liberation should they disappear and return at a later date (read: Watchtower, The Maker).

  • Original Song Minimum: 5 Plays - A song should stick around for a few plays before we consider it established enough to warrant a liberation upon its return.

There are, of course, a few exclusions to cover some outlier cases:

  • Album Exclusions - Tim Reynolds originals, True Reflection songs and songs deemed collaborations

  • Intros, Improv & Jams

  • Previous Song Versions - Examples include Don't Burn the Pig & Leave Me Praying

Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
2194114051993-01-26People PeopleUnreleased
2059111251993-11-02Doobie ThingUnreleased
1846107011994-12-31Get In LineUnreleased
1727104761995-08-13What Will Become of MeUnreleased
157098111997-06-08NatureCover Songs
123182712001-08-26Mother FatherEveryday
120680142002-05-10WasteCover Songs
119780012002-05-23For the Beauty of WynonaCover Songs
95967042005-12-10Linus And LucyCover Songs
84660432007-10-02ExodusCover Songs
82857802008-06-21A Dream So RealUnreleased
79257032008-09-06MoneyCover Songs
53139892013-05-17Everybody Wake UpStand Up
49839192013-07-26Kit Kat JamBusted Stuff
49138822013-09-01GauchoAway From The World
48738752013-09-08Don't Fear The ReaperCover Songs
46836112014-05-30American BabyStand Up
43635202014-08-29Good Good TimeUnreleased
39731942015-07-21I Did ItEveryday
39431892015-07-26Let You DownCrash
38631482015-09-05Snow OutsideAway From The World
38531472015-09-06Angel From MontgomeryCover Songs
38431442015-09-09Down By the RiverCover Songs
38331422015-09-11Be YourselfUnreleased
37831112015-10-12A Whiter Shade Of PaleCover Songs
37631062015-10-17Loving WingsUnreleased
37331022015-10-21Belly FullAway From The World
37030962015-10-27Still WaterCover Songs
33628512016-06-28Out of My HandsStand Up
32028202016-07-29Death On The High SeasUnreleased
31022662018-02-03Alligator PieBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
31022662018-02-03Runnin Down a DreamCover Songs
29121262018-06-23Black and Blue BirdCome Tomorrow
25819672018-11-29Sleep to Dream HerEveryday
25319592018-12-07Belly Belly NiceAway From The World
25219582018-12-08Kill The KingUnreleased
24819512018-12-15Burning Down The HouseCover Songs
23918572019-03-19DreamgirlStand Up
21517632019-06-21Stand UpStand Up
21317562019-06-28If I Had It AllEveryday
20417412019-07-13Blue Water Baboon FarmUnreleased
18116632019-09-29Back In Black/Stayin' AliveCover Songs
17516422019-10-20Fly Like an EagleCover Songs
17415112020-02-28Beach BallLittle Red Bird
1579672021-08-25Write A SongLittle Red Bird
1539582021-09-03Save MeSome Devil
1529572021-09-04MercyAway From The World
1529572021-09-04The Needle and the Damage DoneCover Songs
1519562021-09-05Here On OutCome Tomorrow
1519562021-09-05Take Me To TomorrowCover Songs
1459432021-09-18Sugar WillUnreleased
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
254102311996-04-14Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
23593051998-10-27Typical SituationUnder the Table and Dreaming
23392701998-12-01SpoonBefore These Crowded Streets
18784312001-03-19Digging a DitchBusted Stuff
18384292001-03-21What You AreEveryday
17382152001-10-21RecentlyRemember Two Things
16581922001-11-13When the World EndsEveryday
16380692002-03-16I Did ItEveryday
14278472002-10-24The Song That Jane LikesRemember Two Things
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
23499501997-01-20Watermelon SongCover Songs
20899161997-02-23Dream I Killed GodUnreleased
20797761997-07-13Let You DownCrash
19892131999-01-27Deed Is DoneUnreleased
16791671999-03-14If I Had a BoatCover Songs
16591561999-03-25Wild HorsesCover Songs
15776912003-03-29Drive In Drive OutCrash


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