Dave Matthews Band: Satellite Meaning
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Song Released: 1995
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Like a diamond in the sky
How I wonder.
Satellite strung from the moon
And the world your balloon
Peeping tom for the mother station
Winter’s cold spring erases
And the calm away by the storm is chasing
anonymous Sep 5th, 2006 9:55pm report
The song is about how everyone is mesmerized by the technology in the world. Watch the music video, the guy is sitting in this trailer watching 25 or so televisions, and it's all just absolute crap that he's watching. Outside, there is a girl blowing bubbles and enjoying life out in the beautiful woods where leaves are falling. At the end, he turns the tvs off, and goes outside to the girl in the woods where he belongs. We're not meant to be cooped up watching tv all day, we're meant to be outside enjoying the beauty of the world, while it's still here.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2005 4:04am report
Dave Matthews said in an interview that this song came to be during a jam session with the band. They got the music going, and as a placeholder, Dave started singing about satellites, and the rest is history.
Definitely one of their best.
anonymous Apr 28th, 4:15pm report
Fascinated by so many guesses at what this song eludes to ! After reading the interpretations of many ::: reading the lyrics over n over I’m going to stick with what I know ...... You can’t know the meaning of this song if you rely on our five senses ! It’s not available ....... cherish Dave Mattees and those among us who offer you passage here to the King of the Mother Station
anonymous Mar 10th, 2017 3:04am report
Yeah I see this song as a thinly veiled outcry against invasive government. With their satellite eyes they see everyone and everything, but to little benefit as, we can't even accurately predict the weather.
anonymous Jul 22nd, 2014 7:03pm report
anonymous Jun 20th, 2014 6:42pm report
Well see, the thing is, Satellite Developed from another song from Dave's early career, with small lyrical changes called After Her, which seems to be generally more about love, which is different in many ways to what others have said. Look it up on youtube. Truth be told I might even like it better anyway.
anonymous Apr 24th, 2013 4:15pm report
this has to do with all the technology eveyone is into like phones and stuff people who are like this are dumb and need to get a life go outside and bring some dirt on your clothes when you go home find the fun and creativity in the world
anonymous Jan 28th, 2011 1:08pm report
I believe it's sort of a parody...the world has the technology advanced enough to decipher what some spy is having for lunch in some obscure corner of Yemen, but can't seem to get accurate weather forecasts.
But, that's my opinion.
anonymous Dec 26th, 2007 12:41pm report
I don't actually know what this song really means, and for those who think it's only about satellites, hope they are wrong because it's such a beautiful song... I agree with the one who said it's about all of us not enjoying life. I also liked the idea that said that humans are trying to control things that we just aren't able to.
anonymous Mar 14th, 2007 3:39pm report
This song could also be about how we as humans try to predict/change things beyond our control. For example, "I laugh about this weatherman's satellite eyes" could mean he laughs at those like the weatherman who try to predict things beyond our control (the weather).
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Nov 13th, 2005 11:10pm report
What about the line where it says satellite DISH? Sounds kinda dumb: sun will shine dish, eh?
anonymous Aug 27th, 2005 8:27am report
I am not sure where "Satellite" came from, but it's actually from one of his original demos called "After Her". Instead of "Sat-E-lite" It says "sun will shine" You can see how it fits without any musical notation. Anyway, the chorus and bridge remained the same, the verses just changed. If you find the actual lyrics somewhere online you will have realization of "oh yeah, now I see how that chorus fits" 'Cause, we all know, you gotta be on something to mesh those two ideas together. A love song and a song about a TV viewing product, hmm?
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