"So Damn Lucky" as written by Stephen Harris and Dave Matthews....
Everything's different
My head in the clouds

I hit this corner
With my foot on the gas
I started sliding, I lose it
Everything's different just like that

Oh my God, wait and see
What will soon become of me?
Frozen heart
Screaming wheels
Does that screaming come from me?
So damn lucky, when you went on ahead
You say, you say
I see you later
I heard what you said a few minutes later
I'm sliding
Everything's different, again

Oh my God, wait and see
What will soon become of me?
This frozen heart
Screaming wheels
But does that screaming come from me?
I'm dizzy from all this spinning
Now I'm thinking that you did all you could

When you said my love
Take it slowly
Ok, is what I said
Oh my God, wait and see
What will soon become of me?
Frozen heart
Screaming wheels

But does that screaming come from me?
Take me back, just before I was spinning
Take me back, just before I got dizzy
Take me back, amazing what a minute can do
Just like you

So, so, so, so, up, around, around, around
Amazing what a minute can do
Around, around, around
Ok


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"So Damn Lucky" as written by Dave Matthews Stephen Harris

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    General CommentDave wrote this song as a result of a convo he had with some friends about how when an accident occurs everything seems to be in slow motion...and what a difference a minute can make.
    Traumattizingon April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDave wrote this song as a result of a convo he had with some friends about how when an accident occurs everything seems to be in slow motion...and what a difference a minute can make.
    Traumattizingon April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song is written in the context of a car accident with Dave flashing back to things that occurred earlier; How your life can flash before you in an instant and leave your "head in the clouds" if you survive. Really an ingenious song.
    mayerm00on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt may also deal with Dave asking for forgiveness from God for sparing him when he was out of control; hence the title "so damn lucky."
    mayerm00on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThat may be right that it was written in the perspective of a car accident but Dave got the inspiration for the song when a swinging porce seat snapped and fell in front of him.
    DagoBoyon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhenever I hear this song, I can't help but imagine that I'm floating. incredible. almost walking on air.
    tms6879on May 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is an 'after-life journey' story. The person, seeing themself re-live the death experience is found contemplating what is in store for them when they die. The unknown is powerful. Yet the unknown is wrapped in a belief in God for the person cry's out to Him. The person is reminded that God has warned about excessive speed when God said "My Love, take it slowly..." and the advice was not heeded. Yet in that despair the person is reminded earlier that they are 'So damn lucky, that you' (referring to the redeemed Jesus) 'went on ahead and said', "I'll see you later..."

    The person makes multiple plea to God to "Take me back, take me back, take me back with an wry attitude that it 'would be just like you God to show me this..."

    The final two thoughts... Forgive me -- OK -- as if to say 'I bend to your will to take me.'
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    A personal note: My oldest daughter turned me on to DMB a few years ago, and for that I am thankful. She said he would "say things that would make sence to you." When I first heard this song on Some Devil it quickly became my favorite. About three weeks later a hard-driving, fun-loving, no-holds young man that our family had grown to love died while skiing bottomless snow the three days after Christmas, 2003. He was the epidomy of reckless and loving, a fantastic young man. The morning of his wake, I heard him singing this song to me and I knew this song had to be shared with his friends at the service. And it was. And now he is 'Forgiven and OK' with God.
    macoasison March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song references religion in anyway. While it’s obviously about a driver’s racing mind upon hitting a curve and running off the road, I think it may have been a drunken driving accident. He mentions that his love told him to take it slow, and he didn’t listen. They were probably both at the same venue with available alcohol, and she decided not to drive with him after he made his intention to drive clear. This is the obvious reason he’s “so damn lucky”: she went on ahead. Also, near the songs conclusion, Dave wishes he could be taken back until before he “got dizzy”. Though he claimed to have gotten dizzy due to the spinning of the car, there could be a double meaning, one of the classic subtleties in Dave’s lyrics that I love.
    twocentson March 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAdditionally, I find this tune almost uplifting. Afterall, with the title "So Damn Lucky", one would rarely expect the song to deal with drunken driving related death. It wasn't until I listened to it a couple more times that I realized, though the character asks "what will soon become of me", the fact that he realizes someone was his love is damn lucky in itself. He had someone in the world who cared for him, and though he's dieing she isn't. Some could justifiably argue that dying with something left to live for is even more awful than dying with nothing, but I think that the fact the character doesn't die feeling alone, but rather gives thanks to the fact that his love will be living on is a blessing in such a situation.
    twocentson March 20, 2005   Link
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    General Comment1.) It's NOT about God.
    2.) It wasn't a driving accident that inspired this song.
    3.) Excerpt from Some Devil CD- "One dead hot summer's day i was sitting with some of my friends and family by a great old leaf-covered box elder in my garden. We were wondering when it might finally give up and collapse under the weight of it's heavy, heavy limbs. And then, as if it was listening in on our conversation, it creaked, and cracked, and fell down right there infront of us. I'm glad no one was sleeping under it. It did however flatten my canoe." those are the exact words by Dave Matthews.
    DaveMatthewsgirlon April 01, 2005   Link

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