“Satellite” is one of the songs known by the basic DMB fans, with the ranks of “Ants Marching,” “Crash Into Me” and now “Funny the Way It Is.”
Being the first version of this song to be released, it is much more bare of a song, and the tinnyness of the instruments really ring out here. This is the first official studio song the band released, and while it shows that, it at least captures what the band is all about in its first song.
(Due to this song being a live version, and appearing on another album, I will not include lyrics/meaning/versions, etc)
Total Play Count: 772
Album Ranking: 9/10
The meaning behind this song is rather basic when it comes down to it. It’s about a satellite (shocker) in the sky and how it more or less sees everything that everyone does. It can also be a slight allegory to government, and how it is always watching what everyone is doing, including from their satellites.
Aside from the fact that the word satellite will become a little redundant to you after listening to this song any more than two times in a row, it is very catchy. You might find yourself singing, “Winter’s cold, spring erases,” in the highest voice you have… or some other version of the official lyrics that you think might sound better. The percussion in this song is very simple (much more so than the first three songs we’ve looked at) and keeps the mood of this song quite airy and light.
The violin and saxophone parts in here are quite similar, as they both play the melody throughout the intro and the verses (and they are also quite redundant as well). Other than this, there isn’t many solos are branching off from the basic melody in the verses and then a little more in the chorus and bridges.
The stand-out aspect of this song is Dave’s voice. If you want to hear how high Dave Matthews’ voice can used to be able to go, this is the perfect song to do that. He certainly tests the limits of his voice in this song, and as the years pass on the ability to get their all but vanishes. I was never the biggest fan of this song in the first place, but hearing Dave try to sing it in the last 3 years has basically solidified my stance.
All biases aside, however, this is a decent song. If you disagree with me, start your own blog… sorry.
Song Rating: 3/5
Next Song: “One Sweet World”