Say it’s April, and you’re getting ready to make your “Summer Mix Tape” CD (or iTunes playlist, for that matter). You want to compile some of the summer-y songs, that really embody the summer feeling (relaxation and fun). Well, my friends, look no further than “Lie in Our Graves.”
One of my favorite things to hear at a DMB concert on a warm summer night, is the opening chords to LIOG. Take a listen for yourself down below.
Song Meaning: Living life to the fullest, and having no regrets when it’s all said and done.
Acoustic Version (skip to :50, unless you want to hear Dave ramble about sunglasses):
Total Play Count: 692
Album Ranking: 4/12
Listen to the beginning of that live version (or the studio for that matter), and tell me that’s not a great summer song. Even if you haven’t heard the rest of it yet, it’s on its way to being a great song to listen to during the summer.
Now, let’s focus on the studio version (I promised I wouldn’t spend too much time on live versions). “Lie in Our Graves” starts off the same way on Crash, with those classic guitar chords. Dave strums his way through the song, not straying too far from that sound, which really holds the song together. As he strums, you can also hear Tim Reynolds (yes he’s on the album as well… most of them, in fact) backing him up. If you listen to the acoustic version above, it really stands out.
As for the rest of the band… they don’t come in until after Dave sings a few lines. Carter holds down the beat real well, with a killer sound on the snare. Then again, he kills ever song, so there should be much of a surprise here. I realized I don’t mention Stefan Lessard enough in this blog, but it’s because you can hardly ever detect his music. That’s a good thing, though, because it means his bass is right in line with Carter, keeping the beat of the song going along nicely. When we start dissecting some live albums, Stefan’s name will pop up more. For now… just follow him on twitter (@SLessard).
When it gets to the chorus, you can hear LeRoi with some notes underneath the music, and once it hits the first bridge… he really comes out. Some with Boyd on the violin. You can slightly hear it every now and then, but when they hit the little solo bridge, the two of them really pop.
Then, around the 2:19 mark is when LeRoi’s trademark part in this song comes in, followed by his beautiful, yet quick, solo (it’s a little longer in live versions). The band continues to jam away with the simple parts they’ve had. Boyd also gets a part in this solo, but once again they are more prominent in the live versions. On Crash, it’s more of a collective solo, where Boyd, LeRoi and Tim all take turns taking the lead.
If you think the “Lie in Our Graves” solo is pretty sweet on Crash, then you will really enjoy hearing the song live. The song usually last for a solid 10-12 minutes, including some killer (love that word to describe DMB) solos.
Around the 5 minute mark of the studio version… Dave comes back in with a scat-like reprise of the chorus, with some more solid solo-esque music backing him up.
Let’s touch on the lyrics for a second, before I wrap everything up. Hopefully, you’ve listened to at least the entire studio version by this point. If so, you will have heard all the lyrics, which are very easily understandable. It’s a fun, free song about having no inhibitions in your life, and not living with any regrets. Seriously… “would you not like to be, sitting on top of the world with your legs hanging free?” I would… because that means I have not a care in the world. Just read through the lyrics as you listen to the song, and take it all in. This is one of the beauties of the Dave Matthews Band, their music can inspire you to just live your life. That’s what music is all about.
Personal story here, one of my high school art classes (I want to say my junior year, but that’s not important), we had an assignment to make an anti-drug poster. We could put whatever we wanted on it, and it would say, “_________ is my anti-drug.” I chose the Dave Matthews Band. The irony… is that most DMB fans love drugs (weed especially), and Dave himself dabbled in quite a bit of drugs. Either way, that was my decision. Anyway… I drew a picture of Dave from the Central Park concert, and in the entire background, I stenciled in the lyrics to “Lie in Our Graves.” It took me about 3 weeks to get all the letters done, but it was worth it. I have the poster laminated and framed in my basement back home. Moral of the story, “Lie in Our Graves” has a positive meaning, even if you use a band that doesn’t hate drugs, as your anti-drug.
Song Rating: 5/5
Next Song: “Cry Freedom”