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I've this creeping
Suspicion that things are not as they seem
Reassure me
Why do I feel as if I'm in too deep
I've been praying
For some way to show them
I'm not what they see
Yes I have done wrong
But what I did I thought needed be...


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    Nov 16th, 2016 11:42pm report

    I've heard the Judas, and Dave's sister before. The only other story I've heard was that it was his fear and anxiety over asking his wife to marry him. The troubles he experienced over asking her to marry him three times before she said yes the fourth time (correlates with the number of choruses). During the outro, you notice LeRoi taking a page from Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love With You." Which would, to me, suggest it's more about him and his wife. But who knows.. his songs rarely are iron-clad in a single originating story.


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    Mar 19th, 2014 3:27pm report

    As I am to understand it, the song is written from the point of view of his sisters estranged husband who killed her, and then himself.


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    Jul 30th, 2012 7:08am report

    I think that this song is about him digging to find out that the girl he loves has been unfaithful to him. He regrets whatever measures he had to go to find out, like intruding on her privacy, but he believes its what "needed to be done". But now that he knows he is depressed because he wanted her to always be there just for him. He still loves her and is willing to be with her out of desperation.


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    Aug 9th, 2011 8:19am report

    I think The Stone is about Dave or a person feeling guilt for a death, and the stone referring to a gravestone.

    Here's what Dave says in the outro of The Stone on 10.8.04-

    "Go back in your hole again
    Sometimes I'd really like you to throw the dirt on me
    Let me sink in there
    'Til my eyes disappear
    But oh, I pray
    I'd like to go outside, I'd like to go somewhere out of there
    Nothing but a hole in the dark, baby
    You send me again into there, baby
    Oh, I pray
    Let it all fall out..."

    ^These lines talk about being buried...


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    Jul 30th, 2011 7:11pm report

    There's the theory out there that this song is about Judas after he betrayed Jesus (from Judas's perspective)


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    Jun 30th, 2011 6:34pm report

    Does anyone else notice how dark sounding this song is when played live? I think it is another song with meaning similar to songs like Rhyme and Reason where Dave is seeking help away from his sadness.


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    Aug 7th, 2010 8:57am report

    I think it's about what he went through, things he did, the emotional devastation when his older sister was murdered in South Africa.


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    Apr 18th, 2010 4:08am report

    1. i think any song witten by daave Matthews has more than one major meaning.

    2. Trying to honestly interpret these meanings are fun and in good taste, until we try to actually convince others of the meaning of a song.when we do this we are communists

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Oct 7th, 2009 10:53pm report

    I think the song's about him truly loving a girl and her not quite loving him back the same way. She feels the same way but can't he'll always be there like "a stone" when she is ready but he'll always be there loving her.


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    Feb 8th, 2009 2:09pm report

    I think this song is about a time when Dave was going through depression..."Yes I have done wrong" He's feeling guilty about something...questioning himself to God...."why do I feel as if I'm in too deep...Deep in depression? "As heavy as a stone and as blue as I go" He's not only feeling blue, but he's tired of being depressed. "I was just wondering if you'd come along...To hold up my head when my head won't hold on" I think almost every person has gone thru depression at some time in their life. He knows he is depressed and is asking for help.....but his strength to overcome it shows thru when he says"If not I'll go alone.........I will go alone, but he does want to stay in someones arms and see a smile.....Maybe a smile from God?


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    Oct 28th, 2008 10:41pm report

    I'm pretty sure this song is about Judas's betrayal of Christ. "I've this creeping, suspicion that things here are not as they seem". (Christ)

    "Yes I have done wrong, but what I did I thought needed be done." "Oh, unholy day, if I leave now I might get away" (Judas)


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    Oct 22nd, 2006 10:33am report

    This song is about death.

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