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Dave Matthews Band: Crash Into Me Meaning

Tagged: Sex [suggest]

Song Released: 1996

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Crash Into Me Lyrics

You’ve got your ball
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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 9th 2009 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.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 17th 2007 report

    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.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    May 15th 2009 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.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 8th report

    He said himself it’s about a stalker or peeping Tom watching a girl at night through her window.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2021 report

    I always thought he was saying hike up your skirt little boy, so I wouldn't listen to it thinking this was a pedos song...

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2021 report

    All these interpretations are plausible and lovely…that’s the beauty of music and poetry. But I definitely think it’s a sexual song. Listen to the beginning tempo. Slow and sexy…and as the song progresses it gets faster, almost frantic as he’s crooning/moaning at the end. If I’m in the car listening to this sometimes I think I should pull over and smoke a cigarette, lol!

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    May 22nd 2020 report


  8. anonymous
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    Sep 11th 2018 report

    You've got your ball, you 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 you

    It is often used colloquially to refer to a female significant other who may inhibit the activities of the male in the relationship.In this song, however, the narrator is a peeping tom who is infatuated with the woman he’s peeping at. She’s got a ball and chain in the sense that he is trapped in his obsession for her; not that he’s complaining, anyway.

    Oh, when you come
    Crash into me
    And I come into you
    And I come into you
    In a boy's dream, in a boy's dream

    has been suggested that the track is about a peeping Tom, namely for this section. The singer wants a “boy’s dream,” something generally sexual, to come true. The pair “crash” into each other, sexually and mentally, and reach their peak. It is a combination of both a childhood idea of sex and a man’s idea of passion.

    Touch your lips just so I know
    In your eyes, love, it glows so
    I'm bare boned, and crazy for you

    A man who is crazy and in love with a girl he Is always wanting to have sex with

    Hike up your skirt a little more
    And show the world to me
    Hike up your skirt a little more
    And show your world to me
    A boy's dream, in a boys dream
    Oh I watch you there
    Through the window
    And I stare at you
    You wear nothing but you
    Wear it so well
    Tied up and twisted
    The way I'd like to be
    For you, for me, come crash
    Into me
    Baby, come crash into me, yeah
    Crash into me
    Crash into me

    Oh, you know
    I'm king of the castle
    You're my dirty rascal
    Crash into me
    Please crash into me baby
    We both know
    See the way, come crash into me
    See the way you come rash into me
    Crash into me
    Oh no no no no hey
    Oh no no no no hey, yeah

    He wants to go over board with th sex in a boys dream

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 2nd 2018 report

    It’s about a man and a woman who are in love and have sexual desire for each other. He feels her crash into him and he her and hike up your skirt and show your world to me is very sexual. That’s it.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 4th 2018 report

    I agree completely, except that you say it much better. I felt that my sexual interpretation was only on the surface, and loved the deeper meanings, so when people make it so shallow I felt stupid, "Why can't I see it?". Now I feel OK, Thanks.

  11. anonymous
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    May 20th 2018 report

    Sex with succubus

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2014 report

    This song is about the first time having sex and about how it feels. Period!

  13. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2013 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??

  14. anonymous
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    Aug 9th 2012 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.

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2011 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.

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2010 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.

  17. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2009 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.

  18. Epic_unknown
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    Aug 11th 2009 report

    Sex. In the video, two of the members appeared for a split second because they did not want to appear in this paticular video becasue of the lyrical meaning behind the song. Or so said VH1

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