Ants Marching - Dave Matthews Band
Song Lyrics, Chart History, Artist Information

  • Written & originally performed by The Dave Matthews Band
  • Songwriter David John Matthews was born 1/9/67 in Johannesburg South Africa, and was raised in New York City
  • The Dave Matthews Band consists of Dave Matthews (vocals & guitar), Leroi Moore (sax), Boyd Tinsley (violin), Steffan Lessard (bass), and Carter Beauford (drums)
  • The band has also been referred to simply as "DMB"
  • The band was formed in Charlottesville Virginia, where Matthews was working as a bartender at a popular watering hold called Miller's
  • The band's first performances were in and around Charlottesville, attracting a large college age crowd of fans
  • Matthews still maintains a residence down in Charlottesville
  • Fans of the band are encouraged to record their live performances and to trade (but not sell) copies of the various recordings
  • The song Ants Marching is from the album "Under The Table and Dreaming"
  • The album was dedicated "In memory of Anne", for Dave's sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in a tragic murder-suicide
  • Released in 1994, and in 1995 Ants Marching reached #18 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, and #21 on the Hot 100 chart
  • The title of the album "Under The Table and Dreaming" is actually mentioned in the lyrics of the song
  • It was the second commercially successful song for Dave Matthews
  • Under The Table and Dreaming was the first commercial album released by the band.  Their previous albums had been recorded and released as independent records
  • An outspoken activist for various environmental causes, the band's image was tarnished when in 2004 one of the band's bus drivers dumped 800 pounds of waste from the bus's septic tank onto a boatload of tourists passing below the bus on a bridge over the river in Chicago

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Song Lyrics - Ants Marching

He wakes up in the morning
Does his teeth, bite to eat and he's rolling
Never changes a thing
The week ends the week begins

She thinks, we look at each other
Wondering what the other is thinking
But we never say a thing
These crimes between us grow deeper

Goes to visit his mommy
She feeds him well his concerns
He forgets them
And remembers being small
Playing under the table and dreaming

Take these chances
Place them in a box until a quieter time
Lights down, you up and die

Driving in on this highway
All these cars and upon the sidewalk
People in every direction
No words exchanged
No time to exchange

And all the little ants are marching
Red and black antennas waving
They all do it the same
They all do it the same way

Candyman tempting the thoughts of a
Sweet tooth tortured by the weight loss
Program cutting the corners
Loose end, loose end, cut, cut
On the fence, could not to offend
Cut, cut, cut, cut

Take these chances
Place them in a box until a quieter time
Lights down, you up and die

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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