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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 ()
2182113501993-01-26People PeopleUnreleased
2047110701993-11-02Doobie ThingUnreleased
1834106461994-12-31Get In LineUnreleased
1715104211995-08-13What Will Become of MeUnreleased
155897561997-06-08NatureCover Songs
121982162001-08-26Mother FatherEveryday
119479592002-05-10WasteCover Songs
118579462002-05-23For the Beauty of WynonaCover Songs
94766492005-12-10Linus And LucyCover Songs
83459882007-10-02ExodusCover Songs
81657252008-06-21A Dream So RealUnreleased
78056482008-09-06MoneyCover Songs
51939342013-05-17Everybody Wake UpStand Up
48638642013-07-26Kit Kat JamBusted Stuff
47938272013-09-01GauchoAway From The World
47538202013-09-08Don't Fear The ReaperCover Songs
45635562014-05-30American BabyStand Up
42434652014-08-29Good Good TimeUnreleased
38531392015-07-21I Did ItEveryday
38231342015-07-26Let You DownCrash
37430932015-09-05Snow OutsideAway From The World
37330922015-09-06Angel From MontgomeryCover Songs
37230892015-09-09Down By the RiverCover Songs
37130872015-09-11Be YourselfUnreleased
36630562015-10-12A Whiter Shade Of PaleCover Songs
36430512015-10-17Loving WingsUnreleased
36130472015-10-21Belly FullAway From The World
35830412015-10-27Still WaterCover Songs
32427962016-06-28Out of My HandsStand Up
30827652016-07-29Death On The High SeasUnreleased
29822112018-02-03Alligator PieBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
29822112018-02-03Runnin Down a DreamCover Songs
27920712018-06-23Black and Blue BirdCome Tomorrow
24619122018-11-29Sleep to Dream HerEveryday
24119042018-12-07Belly Belly NiceAway From The World
24019032018-12-08Kill The KingUnreleased
23618962018-12-15Burning Down The HouseCover Songs
22718022019-03-19DreamgirlStand Up
20317082019-06-21Stand UpStand Up
20117012019-06-28If I Had It AllEveryday
19216862019-07-13Blue Water Baboon FarmUnreleased
16916082019-09-29Back In Black/Stayin' AliveCover Songs
16315872019-10-20Fly Like an EagleCover Songs
16214562020-02-28Beach BallLittle Red Bird
1459122021-08-25Write A SongLittle Red Bird
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
254101761996-04-14Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
23592501998-10-27Typical SituationUnder the Table and Dreaming
23392151998-12-01SpoonBefore These Crowded Streets
18783762001-03-19Digging a DitchBusted Stuff
18383742001-03-21What You AreEveryday
17381602001-10-21RecentlyRemember Two Things
16581372001-11-13When the World EndsEveryday
16380142002-03-16I Did ItEveryday
14277922002-10-24The Song That Jane LikesRemember Two Things
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
23498951997-01-20Watermelon SongCover Songs
20898611997-02-23Dream I Killed GodUnreleased
20797211997-07-13Let You DownCrash
19891581999-01-27Deed Is DoneUnreleased
16791121999-03-14If I Had a BoatCover Songs
16591011999-03-25Wild HorsesCover Songs
15776362003-03-29Drive In Drive OutCrash


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