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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 ()
2070107061993-01-26People PeopleUnreleased
1935104261993-11-02Doobie ThingUnreleased
1722100021994-12-31Get In LineUnreleased
160397771995-08-13What Will Become of MeUnreleased
144691121997-06-08NatureCover Songs
110775722001-08-26Mother FatherEveryday
108273152002-05-10WasteCover Songs
107373022002-05-23For the Beauty of WynonaCover Songs
83560052005-12-10Linus And LucyCover Songs
72253442007-10-02ExodusCover Songs
70450812008-06-21A Dream So RealUnreleased
66850042008-09-06MoneyCover Songs
51242772010-09-03Busted StuffBusted Stuff
47338972011-09-18American Baby IntroStand Up
41734442012-12-14Baby BlueBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
40732902013-05-17Everybody Wake UpStand Up
38632432013-07-03Eh HeeUnreleased
37432202013-07-26Kit Kat JamBusted Stuff
36731832013-09-01GauchoAway From The World
36331762013-09-08Don't Fear The ReaperCover Songs
34429122014-05-30American BabyStand Up
31228212014-08-29Good Good TimeUnreleased
30828132014-09-06Sugar ManCover Songs
27324952015-07-21I Did ItEveryday
27024902015-07-26Let You DownCrash
26724842015-08-01Long Black VeilCover Songs
26724842015-08-01Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
26224492015-09-05Snow OutsideAway From The World
26124482015-09-06Angel From MontgomeryCover Songs
26024452015-09-09Down By the RiverCover Songs
25924432015-09-11Be YourselfUnreleased
25424122015-10-12A Whiter Shade Of PaleCover Songs
25224072015-10-17Loving WingsUnreleased
24924032015-10-21Belly FullAway From The World
24623972015-10-27Still WaterCover Songs
23923862015-11-07Little ThingUnreleased
21221522016-06-28Out of My HandsStand Up
19621212016-07-29Death On The High SeasUnreleased
18920852016-09-03Cry FreedomCrash
18615672018-02-03Alligator PieBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
18615672018-02-03Runnin Down a DreamCover Songs
16714272018-06-23Black and Blue BirdCome Tomorrow
15714062018-07-14Steady As We GoStand Up
14913932018-07-27Hunger for the Great LightStand Up
14613652018-08-24Time BombBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
24495321996-04-14Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
22586061998-10-27Typical SituationUnder the Table and Dreaming
22385711998-12-01SpoonBefore These Crowded Streets
17777322001-03-19Digging a DitchBusted Stuff
17377302001-03-21What You AreEveryday
16375162001-10-21RecentlyRemember Two Things
15574932001-11-13When the World EndsEveryday
15373702002-03-16I Did ItEveryday
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
22492511997-01-20Watermelon SongCover Songs
19892171997-02-23Dream I Killed GodUnreleased
19790771997-07-13Let You DownCrash
18885141999-01-27Deed Is DoneUnreleased
15784681999-03-14If I Had a BoatCover Songs
15584571999-03-25Wild HorsesCover Songs
14769922003-03-29Drive In Drive OutCrash
14669902003-03-31Big Eyed FishBusted Stuff


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