Spotlight

In the spotlight life is so peachy yeah, yeah, yeah
wouldn't you like to retire with a million?

A million beating hearts
behind brick and cold steel piping
fighting for the top
fighting for the room to breathe
bench parks sleepers lie
cold blanket bed less babies
here this must stop
I cannot stay

Damn you, big city, black city
rising up around me, steal my soul away
big city, black city
rise and take me over, steal my soul away
but all out in this world
the night it crawls it falls much harder than I recall
out in this world
a siren calls from every corner

In the spotlight life is so peachy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
all of us in the spotlight for a reason, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
caught for stealing somebody's riches, no, no, no, no
wouldn't you like to retire with a million bucks?
yeah

Came here from a small town
I see my dreams here in the big city
sour disappointment
I cannot stay

Damn you, big city, black city
rising up around me, steal my soul away
Big city, black city
rise and take me over, steal my soul away
but all out in this world
the night it crawls it falls much harder than i recall
out in this world
a siren calls from every corner

In the spotlight life is so peachy, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
all of us in the spotlight for a reason, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
caught for stealing somebody's riches, no, no, no, no
wouldn't you like to retire with a million bucks?
yeah

yeah....
yeah....
yeah....
yeah....


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    General Commentwell this song isnt all that bad, cant find a good version of it though, always a bad quality live version (its never been recorded on a cd)

    heres the meaning: Spotlight is the first of several songs written by Dave Matthews based
    on modernization and work. The song explains the worse side
    of life in the cities that we live in.  Dave used to say how he hates
    certain parts of this song, so to fix that problem, he simply stopped
    playing it. He's openly admitted this in concert.He says that he hates
    it and will not play it because he doesn't want fans to think that the
    band is full of themselves!  The first few times this song was played
    the music and the lyrics were very different then the usual version.
    Traumattizingon May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell this song isnt all that bad, cant find a good version of it though, always a bad quality live version (its never been recorded on a cd)

    heres the meaning: Spotlight is the first of several songs written by Dave Matthews based
    on modernization and work. The song explains the worse side
    of life in the cities that we live in.  Dave used to say how he hates
    certain parts of this song, so to fix that problem, he simply stopped
    playing it. He's openly admitted this in concert.He says that he hates
    it and will not play it because he doesn't want fans to think that the
    band is full of themselves!  The first few times this song was played
    the music and the lyrics were very different then the usual version.
    Traumattizingon May 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI actully do have a studio version of this.. it was supposedly going to be put onto "Lillywhite Sessions" if you would like a copy... just holla at me... By the way, I enjoy this song much.. I just like how when the song kicks into the "Damn you, big city, black city" Also it somewhat sounds like a R.E.M. type thing when they sing the "yeah yeah yeah"s.
    Ichion June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe Lilywhite Sessions version is actually very good. I've used it to get more than a few friends hooked.
    MTryderon June 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe version you have most likely is not LWS but part of the Ardent Demos
    JrStone41on May 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt has been recorded on bootlegs. They dont play it anymore because Dave doesnt like it. Thinks it speaks of the bands success, not big on patting himself on the back.
    JB:1013on April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDave also hates the "life is so peachy" line.
    beau99on January 13, 2010   Link

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