Dave Matthews Band: Two Step Meaning
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Song Released: 1996
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Two Step Lyrics
With best intentions
You laid down and gave to me just what
Love, you drive me to distraction
Hey my love do you believe that we
Might last a thousand years
Or more if not for this?
Our flesh and...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 19th 2006 report
I don't know why everyone is reading into religion so much. I think two step is about him needing a little break so going to his love and she "drives me to distraction" and he realizes that life is short and he should celebrate more often with days of distraction with this girl he loves. She comes to him when he needs it "grown tired of water all the time" and she is the wine and she quenches his thirst when he needs it. He needs a change and she gives it to him making him realize that he should celebrate life more.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Sep 14th 2013 report
You all are idiots! True Dave fans know that none of his songs are about religion. I bet you think his song Satalite has a meaning also. Guess what..... Satalite is a song about nothing. I bet you think A Christmas Song is about Jesus. While I believe in Jesus, the song as he sings it is not about him. It's just a song about a man that got screwed! Crash is not about a relationship, it's about one that never happened. Crush is about an actual retalionship. Learn your Dave before you try to comment.
anonymous May 3rd, 19:53 report
Honestly to the ones who say the Dave fans are idiots for having their own interpretation of the song, you truly aren’t a Dave fan. To all who really want to know Dave’s interpretations of his songs look at his interviews about the albums/songs themselves. A true Dave fan will interpret a song however they choose to interpret it. We all perceive things differently based on our own experiences/thoughts/emotions/etc. he writes his songs/plays for his fans. Yeah he has his own interpretations based on his life and his experiences but he’s writing for us to feel/think as we please. So for those to call others idiots for their own interpretations then you truly aren’t a Dave fan of you don’t understand that.
anonymous Sep 3rd 2019 report
All of Dave's songs pre '95 about relationships are about picking up girls. Post "the stone" they are about his wife (the stone always puts a hole in my chest since it's about him owning his mistakes and hoping his wife says yes to marriage; realizing what you have/had/want). Satellite aka "after her" is the lead into the stone. Later songs like bartender, raven, and the maker (obvioulsy) have religious undertones, but those are after he is married with kids...aka grown up, off the bar sceen, didnt ruin it with his wife, dave. Granted the beauty with Dave's art is that all he songs are outs to enjoy and can mean what ever you want then to mean..just enjoy them. With that all said two step is a pick up song, a beautiful one, but not as obvious as "say goodbye."
anonymous Oct 20th 2018 report
Would it not just be about the dance- Two Step? That makes sense to me since we say “two by two” in the actual dance... even the music sounds like two stepping music during the verses.
anonymous Dec 3rd 2017 report
I always thought this song is about the break up of a relationship, or not even a relationship, but the shit in life that comes that is uncontrollable, the shit like it says things we cannot change...that can ruin the love, etc etc....
Like the emphasis on "things we cannot change",
that ruins people...unless ya let it go...
Probably completely wrong LOL
anonymous Nov 21st 2016 report
"True Dave fans know that none of his songs are about religion."
Maybe you should listen to Bartender, 'true fan'.
anonymous Nov 20th 2012 report
Who cars wha i's about just enjoy the musicand feel the groove. Everything has a different meaning to someone else.
anonymous Aug 28th 2012 report
Dave has heard this story as many times as we all have. Nobody ever thinks, (or has thought) prior too, as far as I'm aware, what these two poor fools must have thought on the evening before The Lord had made them aware that on the morrow they would need to board the ark on this crazy plan they had worked so hard for. Would Noah restlessly "board" his wife in anticipation and in seek of relief from the ridiculous task before them? Not if he was Dave Mathews. He would say to her the very lyrics of this song, cast away the torment of what he had hitherto unrewardingly accomplished, and be with her in perhaps the very most quintessentially religious evening of love that has or will ever see this earth, completely appreciative of what they had produced together, and in the purest of gratitude for the counterpart that he had had the opportunity to experience. This song documents the utmost pinnacle of love that can transpire in the calling of God, and in a human and essentially selfless act of passion and gratitude, which, ultimately, as did the act of assembling two of every other life form, completed the plan of repopulating the world in a redo of life itself. In shorter words, Noah was a pimp, a lover man, and a consummate badass that would wholeheartedly wither a woman of our times. And I'm an atheist.
anonymous Jul 11th 2012 report
I believe Two step is a song about marriage, using the metaphor of Noah's arc to poetically illustrate the adventure of love. As pairing up during the Biblical flood meant survival, so too is marriage a pairing up of sorts to create a deeper form of love via family and children. Getting married so "these days continue" is meant in a less survivalistic sense, and is more about preserving/legitimizing/extending a couples love. I think the title is a play on words: one step = single, two step = a couple. also two step could also be interpreted as the second step in life, from boy to husband and father. Finally a two step is a dance, an appropriate symbol of any good marriage.
anonymous May 16th 2012 report
Most likely Noah's Arc. Makes sense to me as a non church goer. The continuance of life, thousand years but it's open for your love and interpretation. Could be a nice mix or nice medley of things. Maybe Dave's a big marketer and trying to sell songs to both Jews and Gentiles alike. Definite theme of love in there, so could be boy/girl.
anonymous Dec 17th 2011 report
Dave must think a lot about religion as he writes with undertones often, yet I would not say he is religious perse. Dave is clearly not atheist, but agnostic, as he said in concert, "I don't know if there is or isn't a God or heaven." He also says to the crowd at times, "God bless you." As far as Two Step, there is no doubt there are references to both Noah and modern day...Life is short but sweet for certain.
anonymous Oct 20th 2011 report
I think the song is about making love. The reference to Noah's arch is there, because he had had to take two of everything so they could procreate...."to make sure these days continue." "I came to you with best intentions" and you "laid down and gave me just want I'm seeking" and "our flesh and blood it ties you and me right up" sounds like making love to me! But instead of feeling bad about it, let's enjoy it! "Life's short and sweet for certain."
This is a very interesting song because it takes a different perspective of a relationship. This song is about being infatuated with someone. I've started a relationship with "best intentions", and realized that I wasn't sure why i was in it. But there were days where she would "drive me to distraction". And celebrate we did. I was everything to her, and she quenched my mind. I'd "Grown tired of water all the time" needed something interesting. Well, that was the easiest way to describe what the song means to me.
I don't think this song is religious at all. In fact, it's a little scientific and passionate at the same time. It's about procreation and creating new life through which two ("two by two")people's genes will be passed on. Through our offspring and their offspring and their offspring we can "last a thousand years". It's talking about the instinct we all have to reproduce. "You laid me down and gave to me just what i was seeking". We must find a mate and "climb two by two" to ensure the survival of our species and "make sure these days continue" through them. By doing this, we celebrate "because life is short but sweet for certain." It's a very beautiful song that touches on one our most primitive of emotions. or at least that's what i think.
anonymous Jul 10th 2009 report
it is entirely about love, but i think a purely plutonic love that comes like wine and is rooted in altruism and philanthropic ideals. people often inerpret his songs as lustful and sexual, but i think they rarely are.
anonymous Jan 8th 2009 report
Just a little fun fact for some. It is a little hard for me to say "because Dave is religious this song must have religious undertones" seeing as how Dave Matthews is an Agnostic-Athiest. Just throwin that out there.
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