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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 ()
15214002018-07-27Hunger for the Great LightStand Up
16014132018-07-14Steady As We GoStand Up
17014342018-06-23Black and Blue BirdCome Tomorrow
18915742018-02-03Alligator PieBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
18915742018-02-03Runnin Down a DreamCover Songs
19220922016-09-03Cry FreedomCrash
19921282016-07-29Death On The High SeasUnreleased
21521592016-06-28Out of My HandsStand Up
24223932015-11-07Little ThingUnreleased
24924042015-10-27Still WaterCover Songs
25224102015-10-21Belly FullAway From The World
25524142015-10-17Loving WingsUnreleased
25724192015-10-12A Whiter Shade Of PaleCover Songs
26224502015-09-11Be YourselfUnreleased
26324522015-09-09Down By the RiverCover Songs
26424552015-09-06Angel From MontgomeryCover Songs
26524562015-09-05Snow OutsideAway From The World
27024912015-08-01Long Black VeilCover Songs
27024912015-08-01Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
27324972015-07-26Let You DownCrash
27625022015-07-21I Did ItEveryday
31128202014-09-06Sugar ManCover Songs
31528282014-08-29Good Good TimeUnreleased
34729192014-05-30American BabyStand Up
36631832013-09-08Don't Fear The ReaperCover Songs
37031902013-09-01GauchoAway From The World
37732272013-07-26Kit Kat JamBusted Stuff
38932502013-07-03Eh HeeUnreleased
41032972013-05-17Everybody Wake UpStand Up
42034512012-12-14Baby BlueBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
47639042011-09-18American Baby IntroStand Up
51542842010-09-03Busted StuffBusted Stuff
67150112008-09-06MoneyCover Songs
70750882008-06-21A Dream So RealUnreleased
72553512007-10-02ExodusCover Songs
83860122005-12-10Linus And LucyCover Songs
107673092002-05-23For the Beauty of WynonaCover Songs
108573222002-05-10WasteCover Songs
111075792001-08-26Mother FatherEveryday
144991191997-06-08NatureCover Songs
160697841995-08-13What Will Become of MeUnreleased
1725100091994-12-31Get In LineUnreleased
1938104331993-11-02Doobie ThingUnreleased
2073107131993-01-26People PeopleUnreleased
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
15373772002-03-16I Did ItEveryday
15575002001-11-13When the World EndsEveryday
16375232001-10-21RecentlyRemember Two Things
17377372001-03-21What You AreEveryday
17777392001-03-19Digging a DitchBusted Stuff
22385781998-12-01SpoonBefore These Crowded Streets
22586131998-10-27Typical SituationUnder the Table and Dreaming
24495391996-04-14Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
14669972003-03-31Big Eyed FishBusted Stuff
14769992003-03-29Drive In Drive OutCrash
15584641999-03-25Wild HorsesCover Songs
15784751999-03-14If I Had a BoatCover Songs
18885211999-01-27Deed Is DoneUnreleased
19790841997-07-13Let You DownCrash
19892241997-02-23Dream I Killed GodUnreleased
22492581997-01-20Watermelon SongCover Songs


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