Dave Matthews Band: Crash Into Me Meaning
Song Released: 1996
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Crash Into Me Lyrics
You’ve got your chain
Tied to me tight tie me up again
Who’s got their claws
In you my friend
Into your heart I’ll beat again
Sweet like candy to my soul
Sweet you rock
And sweet you roll
Lost for you I’m so lost for...
BoerVanBreda May 15th, 2009 5:53am report
Why does everything always have to be about sex? It seems to me everybody is focusing on the lines containing sexual innuendo rather than on the first part of the song, and so losing the meaning. Granted, only Dave will really know what he meant by this song, but there are more ways to interpret it.
Read the lyrics carefully, like reading a poem, and it suggests that this a girl he's know before, gone out with her, and broken up. He now longs to have her back.
The "Hike up your skirt" lines could be, on a deeper level, interpreted as "Show me something you've never shown anyone else" if you look at it metaphorically. The "little more" bit indicates that it's being done slowly. So, he asks her to slowly reveal more of herself to him, that is, to become closer not only physically, but in knowing each other as well. His use of the word "the" in that first line suggests that she is his world, or to show it to him as she sees it. Intimacy is, after all, not a sexual thing, but how well you know someone.
The "Oh I watch you there..." bit has always struck me as very sad. One, it seems they are seperated, as another person has said, by that window (again, suggesting that they once were together), and that two, he knows her well (he says she wears nothing, yet wears it well, suggesting that there is pain within her that no one else knows about, but he sees it, and doesn't think it detracts from her). The use of the words "tied up and twisted" again suggests pain of some sort (maybe a metaphor for their relationship? Tide together but twisted?), and that he'd rather be with her than without her. In that context "Crash into me" is not sexual, but a metaphor for that broken relationshup and how they've hurt each other in the past, and his dream is that they get back together, even though more pain is inherent in that dream.
Anyway, that's my literature studies side coming out. I think this song has many layers, from just the purely sexual to the deeply emotional. It even has a rhyme scheme, and if it is written like a poem, then there are definitely many layers. It reminds me of Grey Street in that way, a song more about pain than pleasure.
anonymous Jan 9th, 2013 1:58pm report
Woah, who wrote these songs? Maybe the songwriter had something to send across the air waves (or, ehm, radio waves)...who's the king of your satellite castle??
anonymous Aug 9th, 2012 8:55pm report
this song is about when dave first meet his last girlfriend turned wife and she came to visit him when he was working. he was so depressed when she left that he wrote a song about.
anonymous Jun 14th, 2011 6:16am report
Dave has always made an eclectic approach to his songs, and this is definitely no exception.
Despite the fact the song may come off as sexual its meaning is basically from a voyeuristic idea. It is not about deep love, it is about a deep lust for a girl.
It is like a teenage boy who notices the girl next door keeps her window curtains open when she changes. It is not a malicious or dirty song, it is completely platonic, and lust driven song about a desire to have something you know you will never get.
anonymous Dec 9th, 2010 12:22pm report
The song is about a true love that he lost and how head over heels in love the guy is for her. He only has memories about the girl and how attracted he was to her. "Come crash into me and I'll come into you" is come love me and I'll love you. Quite a sad song if think that you once had the love of your life who is now gone and all you have are memories or "a boy's dream" about her. It's an admittance to him growing up and not wanting just sex but love and a relationship.
anonymous Nov 9th, 2009 11:10pm report
Seriously? Not about sex? This song is all about sex. On VH1 storytellers, Dave plays this song directly after crush and says it is a song about love, but a different kind of love. Something along the lines of a crazy man's love song where the girl is changing and talking on the phone to her friend and there is a creeper who wants what he can't have just outside her window. Guess what?! Simple explanations work, especially when they come from the artist himself.
anonymous Nov 2nd, 2009 11:35pm report
The "sweet you rock and sweet you roll" part is a reference to his wife who went to sweet briar college and he would come visit her and bring his guitar to play.
anonymous Apr 28th, 2009 4:40pm report
DOES NOBODY HERE UNDERSTAND SYMBOLISM?
When he says he watches her through the window that is NOT him being perverted and creepy.
THE WINDOW symbolizes something he can see but can't get to. He can picture the girl naked but has no chance with her; the song is about him fantasizing.....
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Feb 24th, 2008 2:56pm report
This song is absolutely about a wet dream.
"in a boy's dream"
"crash into me"
"as I come into you"
"show your world to me"
It's all about sexual desire.
anonymous Feb 6th, 2008 2:01pm report
I have heard from a true die hard fan of DMB that the lyrics to this song actually are pieces of some letters a crazed stalker wrote to Dave. After showing the letters to his band mates, they told him he should put it to some new music they had written.
I think that this song is about how Dave or someone is in love. He clearly describes how she feels "Sweet, like candy to my soul. Sweet you rock, sweet you roll. Lost for you, I'm so lost for you." He falls in love very prematureley. Even before he really knows this girl. "If I've gone overboard
Then I'm begging you
to forgive me
In my haste "
He obviously hasn't addmited this love to this girl, as he says that he "watches through the window" but in reality he is in a fog, a mist as to how to tell this girl. I think this song could be about his old girlfriend Julia Grey who followed him to the U.S. from South Africa. He, I feel is expressing his love for her in this song. When he says hike up your skirt a little more and show your world to me, I think literally he is saying that he wants her to be his, completely his, which sex can signify.
anonymous Jul 4th, 2007 7:29pm report
According to Vh1 Storytellers , Dave says "this song is about the worship of women but this is a little bit of a crazy man's song about some guy peering into his neighbors window watching a young girl while she's on the phone saying somebody better get down here "he doesn't have a shirt" on lol
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