Dave Matthews Band: “If Only”

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Song debut at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH on 6/3/12:

I love this song, and I can’t wait to hear it on the new album in September.

One of DMB’s problems in recent years, as discussed in Episode Three, as been a lack of lyrical depth. I feel like when you look at this song’s lyrics on paper, it falls victim to the same issue:

Oh I’m just a fool, baby
playing it Mr. Cool, baby
rolling round like I got nothing much to lose
oh, but I know you and you know me
and I know you can see
so help me get my way back to you,
back to you

And yet, it works for me. There’s nothing particularly deep about these lyrics, but they fit perfectly with the music, and as a result, I think they come off as honest rather than shallow.

I want you
so take me back please
take me back, oh baby

There’s nothing special about that! But in the context of the song, it’s so uplifting.

A great example of how sometimes it’s not the lyrics themselves, but how they’re sung that makes the song.

Lyrics via DMBAlmanac.com

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