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Dave Matthews Band — Digging A Ditch
Album: Busted Stuff
Avg rating:
6.5

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Total ratings: 1306









Released: 2002
Length: 4:41
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Run to your dreaming
When you're alone
Unplug the tv
Turn off your phone
Get heavy on with digging your ditch

Cause I'm diggin a ditch
Black as coal
Digging a ditch
My soul
Digging a ditch
Where madness gives
Oh digging a ditch
Where silence lives in it
And where all these worries
Weigh down on me will rise
Where all these troubles
That weigh heavy on our hearts
Will die
Will die
Will die

Run to your dreaming when your alone
Turn off the tv
And unplug your phone
Get heavy on with digging your ditch
Cause I'm
Digging a ditch
Where madness gives a bit
Digging a ditch
Where silence lives in it
Digging a ditch
When I'm through
Oh digging this ditch
I dig in for you
Where all these worries
That weigh down on me
Will die
Will die
Will die

Run to your dreaming
When your alone
Turn off the tv
Turn off your phone
Get heavy on with
Digging your ditch
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I am not a huge DMB fan, but it does bug me whenever I read comments on any of his songs here on RP. It's equivalent to grade school bullying the way so many listeners feel the need to rush to the comment section whenever they hear a DMB song just to comment on their hate for this man's music. I'm giving this song a 9 for that reason.
Very pretty song, IMHP
 Hannio wrote:


Or, OR!... hear me out now... it might be possible that we just don't have the same musical likes and dislikes that you do.  Preposterous, I know.


 

Or, OR! hear me out now... it might be that the OP took exception to the h8, not your likes and dislikes. Obvious, I know.

Andy Dwyer likes DMB, so they're alright with me. ūüėč
 Hoosfoos wrote:
Came in to downvote  

Imagine my surprise.
I like songs with saxophones.  I always imagine that it's Alf playing.
the Lawrence Welk of jamband music
 oldfart48 wrote:
 the man has been rockin' for a loooong time and ......

 
Sooooo what.  It's art and some people don't like certain art for various reasons.
It's the voice, 1.  Just like the rest of his stuff. {#No}. As a previous poster said, its the only thing on RP that I don't like.
Came in to downvote but lo and behold, I already have, and I can't go any lower than sucko barfo.
 kcar wrote:

{#Yes}

It's like he's trying out scat singing for the first time. 

{#Stop} 

 
It's more like he has his own singing style, loved by millions, and you're just not into it. {#Ask}
 ppopp wrote:
Nice music, but completely ruined by singer's voice.

 
{#Yes}

It's like he's trying out scat singing for the first time. 

{#Stop} 
Nice tune.  Nice and mellow.
 Hannio wrote:

Or, OR!... hear me out now... it might be possible that we just don't have the same musical likes and dislikes that you do.  Preposterous, I know.

 
Now that's just crazy talk.
 molson wrote:
DMB, life is better for us with them in our lives!!!{#Jump} And for all you goofy oddball DMB haters....{#Nyah}

 
Goofy oddball. . . guilty as charged! "Hater", not so much.
DMB, life is better for us with them in our lives!!!{#Jump} And for all you goofy oddball DMB haters....{#Nyah}
 oldfart48 wrote:
seems to me that all the DMB haters are formulaic weened to soon nerd wannabe's. the man has been rockin' for a loooong time and is mostly  a jazz man playing rock.his stuff is always good sometimes challenging, never bland or "trendy" just my 3 penny opera......

 
I cannot speak to be weened too early as that was 65 years ago.  However, I can speak to the fact that I do not care for DMB.  It does not  makes me a Philistine.
nice tune 
Love Dave Matthews Band {#Smile}
Nice music, but completely ruined by singer's voice.
Miss the saxophone player, awesome musician RIP!{#Heartkiss}
 oldfart48 wrote:
seems to me that all the DMB haters are formulaic weened to soon nerd wannabe's. the man has been rockin' for a loooong time and is mostly  a jazz man playing rock.his stuff is always good sometimes challenging, never bland or "trendy" just my 3 penny opera......

  You sooooo know me.  Get out of my head!!!


 oldfart48 wrote:
seems to me that all the DMB haters are formulaic weened to soon nerd wannabe's. the man has been rockin' for a loooong time and is mostly  a jazz man playing rock.his stuff is always good sometimes challenging, never bland or "trendy" just my 3 penny opera......

 

Or, OR!... hear me out now... it might be possible that we just don't have the same musical likes and dislikes that you do.  Preposterous, I know.


Don't wake me from my RP dream and make me turn you off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This poseur is insufferable.
 oldfart48 wrote:
seems to me that all the DMB haters are formulaic weened to soon nerd wannabe's. the man has been rockin' for a loooong time and is mostly  a jazz man playing rock.his stuff is always good sometimes challenging, never bland or "trendy" just my 3 penny opera......

 
I just might have to go see the DMB digging a ditch when they hit Vancouver on September 1st. Been a very long time since they have played here.
seems to me that all the DMB haters are formulaic weened to soon nerd wannabe's. the man has been rockin' for a loooong time and is mostly  a jazz man playing rock.his stuff is always good sometimes challenging, never bland or "trendy" just my 3 penny opera......
Ok, one of the few DMB songs (that I have heard) that does not go off on some tangent.  I like his music until he goes off exploring.  He starts a song, gets his groove going with a verse and a chorus, but then goes off on some experiment.  Which is OK...for awhile, until he goes off on another experiment.  In the meantime, I sit back waiting for him to come back to the original groove, which was quite good.  I sit unsated.  A man with no groove...

I know DMB fans say that is the point, but it's something I find annoying.  I like many jam bands with long solos and improve, but getting me out of my groove?  Not happenin'.


  
I could have sworn it was Gomez.
 ecalvillo wrote:
Love this song...the Lilly White Sessions version is even better.

 
Agreed. I prefer most of the Lillywhite songs to the official versions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lillywhite_Sessions
If only he would, and leave his voice in it.
This is fluff...and silly to me.
I don't dislike this nearly as much as most DM songs. A pleasant 7.
 Absolutely... {#Yes} 

  Jefferino wrote:
Great therapy song:

Where all these troubles
That weigh down on me will rise
Run to your dreaming
When you're alone
Where all these questions
Spinnin' around my head
Will die, will die, will die...
  
 

Get heavy on with ending this song.
what a nice song!!!! never heard it before!!! 
Great therapy song:

Where all these troubles
That weigh down on me will rise
Run to your dreaming
When you're alone
Where all these questions
Spinnin' around my head
Will die, will die, will die...

Yeah,  good song !  I thought it was new at first
Love this song...the Lilly White Sessions version is even better.
great DMB song!

Unto your dreaming
When you're alone
Unplug the TV
Turn off your phone
Get heavy on with digging your ditch


Just saw him in Toronto on Saturday with my two adult daughters. Played for three hours, peddle to the metal. High energy. A man of few words between songs, though. His set was a bit disappointing, actually. Ignored many of the classics. I know he was promoting the new CD. His encore tended to kill all the excitement, I felt. Also, having seen him for the first time, I noticed how each song was about 12 min. long. Solos from his supporting cast over and over. Amazing show, no doubt. But ... maybe I was hoping for more.
I always want to dislike DMB more than I actually do. The band's got chops — I think that's what keeps winning me over.
 Mita wrote:
When is the music world going to wake up to the fact that Dave Matthews is overrated?
 
when more people play music themselves and don't indulge wankers like this
could he please crawl in the ditch and pull the dirt in after him?

self indulgent annoying prat

have mercy 
 Mita wrote:
When is the music world going to wake up to the fact that Dave Matthews is overrated?
 
When are some people going to wake up to the fact that to millions of us, Dave Matthews cannot be overrated?
I normally don't like DM, but this is pretty good.

Digging a ditch....I dig your digging DAVE.  Love you.


Just can't get into DMB.  Seems a little contrived...

This song, though, now that I've listened to it all the way through is pretty good....

I like the Lillywhite Sessions version, but this is goot too.

Nothing overrated about it. Simply not your cup of tea, which is fine.

 Mita wrote:
When is the music world going to wake up to the fact that Dave Matthews is overrated?

 


 Mita wrote:
When is the music world going to wake up to the fact that Dave Matthews is overrated?
 
Just like everything else in this world: some people like, some don't, and some do but only when in the right mood.
 Mita wrote:
When is the music world going to wake up to the fact that Dave Matthews is overrated?

 

bringing consciousness about this world to light is never overrated. love you dave.
When is the music world going to wake up to the fact that Dave Matthews is overrated?

Maybe only one song I can like by this guy {#Whistle}
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ........
Run to your dreaming
When you're alone
Not what you should be or what you've become
Just get heavy on with digging your ditch
 cc_rider wrote:
Exactly. It's a real shame.
 
I couldn't agree more with these sentiments.  Being a big DMB fan it has been difficult to attend shows in the past due to the antics of the "fans".  However, the knuckle-headed frat-boy jackasses that attended DMB shows in the early aughts have been forced to grow up, get jobs, and become reasonably decent productive citizens.  You might find the crowd more palatable and easy to get along with now... and the shows are as good as ever.

they should consider playing something live ie(dancing nancies) at redrock.
I agree. . . not bad music, I just missed the boat on them. 

 
brown565 wrote:
DMB is pretty much the only thing I don't care for on RP.
 


if you didn't catch DMB on last night's Grammy's broadcast...it was very very hot!  Lots of layered musical accompaniment...really nice!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZdW8_o7npE
DMB is pretty much the only thing I don't care for on RP.

I love seeing them live, but there studio stuff just never does it for me


I discovered DMB when I was working in Boston in 1997 and very much enjoyed it then.  On returning to Australia I was disappointed not to hear his stuff on Aussie radio.
Yawn.
I am no DMB fan, but this I like.
 goldberry wrote:
Love his music, and I get all of his albums.

Hate his fans, can't go to shows without fear of being assulted.
 
Just like the Philadelphia Phillies.


I try, but I just can't get into Dave.   {#Puke}
{#No} feeling a bit ill suddenly
I caught a live recording on Palladia this week (at Piedmont - 2007 I think) and I have to say the drummer has the most infectious smile. Just watching him made me want to be there. Of course I am biased - I saw them at Red Rocks in 95, third row. How could you not like them?

And yes, just because a group gets played on the radio does not negate their talent!!!
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Is this album basically The Lilliywhite Sessions or is that a separate CD?
 
Yes, it is basically the Lillywhite Sessions, with some different or enhanced arrangements. JTR, a great song that they did live for awhile, and a few others did not end up on Busted Stuff. I'd add that I liked the version of Digging a Ditch better on the Lillywhites. The sax/violin part was more prominent and lilting.

not the best of this album, but he's got such a soothing and melodic voice....


Love it...


Not really digging his digging. Only the nice sax saves this from a Ho-Hum rating by the Nottingham jury, as yer man's voice is soporific. I wonder if he's a hypnotist in his day job?
Is this album basically The Lilliywhite Sessions or is that a separate CD?
 goldberry wrote:
Love his music, and I get all of his albums.

Hate his fans, can't go to shows without fear of being assulted.
 
really?   I'm not a big fan only because I never really gave him a chance and never saw him....   assaulted?  his fans seem nice enough?

{#Music} {#Sunny}
{#Iamwithstupid}
 

I will also give this monotone droning a one and always hit the mute button.


WonderLizard wrote:
A sublime example of the kind of tasteful accents LeRoi Moore effortlessly provided. RIP.

A M E N

Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe

returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.

If you don't realize the source,

you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.

Immersed in the wonder of the (INSERT BELIEF HERE) Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.




 WonderLizard wrote:
A sublime example of the kind of tasteful accents LeRoi Moore effortlessly provided. RIP.
 
Could not agree more. My appreciation now grows daily, funny/sad/interesting how that happens.

A sublime example of the kind of tasteful accents LeRoi Moore effortlessly provided. RIP.
 keller1 wrote:


Good players —- Carter Beauford is one of the best.

Live, the audience is 75 per cent women, whatever that means.

The problem with this band is a shortage of good songs.

That said, this one isn't bad at all.

6.
 

Exactly....not enough good songs, but i like this, kind of bluesy
RIP LeRoi


goldberry wrote:
Love his music, and I get all of his albums.

Hate his fans, can't go to shows without fear of being assulted.
Exactly. It's a real shame.


 More_Cowbell wrote:
Maybe we burry this in the ditch?

 

Maybe we bury u in the ditch. LOL
 sfListener wrote:


don't think so.

 

Do think so.
 Tana wrote:

What in the world are you talking about? If anything, this is the antithesis of cheese IMHO.

 

Absolutely correct.
Not this song...but DMB {#Puke} RP has gone total commercial today it seems
Love his music, and I get all of his albums. :good-vibes: Hate his fans, can't go to shows without fear of being assulted. :no:
Not the best song on the album but with an album like that, that doesn't make it a bad song! Very nice, easy song. Thanks for playing it.
felam wrote:
Come on guys, is it really that bad? Just listen and enjoy the music.
Good players --- Carter Beauford is one of the best. Live, the audience is 75 per cent women, whatever that means. The problem with this band is a shortage of good songs. That said, this one isn't bad at all. 6.
biggeorge wrote:
Dave Matthews has created and continues to create great music, I am sorry for anyone who ruined his music by overplaying it, or hanging out with people who overplayed it. Many people in college have no idea who they are yet, and when exposed to good music they go a little overboard, e.g. Spreadheads, deadheads, parrotheads, phishheads, etc. I was fortunate to have parents who exposed me to great music growing up, So when I did get to college I was listening to "good" music and had the good sense not to ruin it by overplaying. I would think this would apply to anyone here (RP)
I still really enjoy Dave's music, even though his fans ruined the first and last DMB show I ever attended: buncha punks. I love Jimmy Buffett too, and I cannot STAND parrotheads either. Now, Ozomatli, who opened for DMB when I saw him, are not only FABULOUS live, but their fans are great too. c.
Come on guys, is it really that bad? Just listen and enjoy the music.
Krow_Pie wrote:
Pure Cheeeeeeeeese in a can.
What in the world are you talking about? If anything, this is the antithesis of cheese IMHO.
paloeguevo wrote:
I bet that if you play a DMB song to the RP crowd without telling them who's playing it the ratings would be way higher... Listen to the music, enjoy and forget about how popular a particular singer and band is.
don't think so.
Ugh...no more
I bet that if you play a DMB song to the RP crowd without telling them who's playing it the ratings would be way higher... Listen to the music, enjoy and forget about how popular a particular singer and band is.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
One hundred percent pure.
Pure Cheeeeeeeeese in a can.
I'd like him to dig a ditch and get in it
o2bnsv wrote:
The DMB experience wasn't ruined for me in college....that's actually when I stopped listening to them. In the early 90's, these guys really tore it up live. Then about '95-'96, the whole experience was ruined when his concerts became all about playing all the radio hits to a sellout crowd of pre-pubesent teens who were only there to hear the one popular song. The Dave Matthews Band sold out big time. This song's not bad, though.
Having hit songs that people like and playing said songs for people who like them does NOT equal "selling out". God FORBID an artist appeal to a wide audience, thereby ensuring they can continue to make music for years to come. I don't understand where people get the notion that popularity equates to the artist losing their soul. Sometimes it happens as a result but it is not automatic. Because really, DMB sucks for lots of other reasons besides their popularity.
I think this is one of many gems from DMB's diverse catalog. Thanks for the deep cut Bill. If you are lucky enough to catch this tune live, you're in for a treat! **chills**
biggeorge wrote:
Dave Matthews has created and continues to create great music, I am sorry for anyone who ruined his music by overplaying it, or hanging out with people who overplayed it. Many people in college have no idea who they are yet, and when exposed to good music they go a little overboard, e.g. Spreadheads, deadheads, parrotheads, phishheads, etc. I was fortunate to have parents who exposed me to great music growing up, So when I did get to college I was listening to "good" music and had the good sense not to ruin it by overplaying. I would think this would apply to anyone here (RP)
The DMB experience wasn't ruined for me in college....that's actually when I stopped listening to them. In the early 90's, these guys really tore it up live. Then about '95-'96, the whole experience was ruined when his concerts became all about playing all the radio hits to a sellout crowd of pre-pubesent teens who were only there to hear the one popular song. The Dave Matthews Band sold out big time. This song's not bad, though.
DeemerDave wrote:
This is the band's last solid album before Dave became a moonbat lib. Now he just spouts lies and hate. The song's an 8.
Oh, the moonbat and the wingnut can't be friends!
Maybe we burry this in the ditch?
FROM THE ONION: Dave Matthews Not That Into Himself Anymore August 24, 2005 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA¬óDave Matthews, the 38-year-old singer and guitarist for the multi-platinum group The Dave Matthews Band, announced Tuesday that he is no longer into himself. "I used to be a hardcore Dave Matthews fan," said Matthews on the porch of his Virginia home. "I had all my records and posters. I was so blown away by everything I did¬óespecially my live performances. I remember me and my buddies used to drive for hours just to go to one of our shows." Matthews, who formed the Dave Matthews Band in 1991, is perhaps best known for the hit songs "Crash Into Me" and "The Space Between." "Me and my band are still okay, but I feel like I've grown out of us," Matthews said. "Back when I was in the college charts, we were about all I listened to, but I guess I'm at the point in my life where my music just doesn't speak to me." Matthews admitted that most of his current Dave Matthews listening is confined to overhearing a hit single on a jukebox or PA system. However, while doing dishes last weekend, he tried listening to 1998's Before These Crowded Streets, an album he had not heard in over two years. The singer admitted that by the fourth track, he was barely even listening.
DeemerDave wrote:
This is the band's last solid album before Dave became a moonbat lib. Now he just spouts lies and hate. The song's an 8.
Care to cite any of those lies or "hate"?
DeemerDave wrote:
This is the band's last solid album before Dave became a moonbat lib. Now he just spouts lies and hate. The song's an 8.
Good thing there aren't any Conservative Parrots around!?!
This is the band's last solid album before Dave became a moonbat lib. Now he just spouts lies and hate. The song's an 8.
One hundred percent pure.
Not too bad for a DM song...I can actually sort of understand his diction
dude lets go hack in the quad
biggeorge wrote:
Dave Matthews has created and continues to create great music, I am sorry for anyone who ruined his music by overplaying it, or hanging out with people who overplayed it. Many people in college have no idea who they are yet, and when exposed to good music they go a little overboard, e.g. Spreadheads, deadheads, parrotheads, phishheads, etc. I was fortunate to have parents who exposed me to great music growing up, So when I did get to college I was listening to "good" music and had the good sense not to ruin it by overplaying. I would think this would apply to anyone here (RP)
I only came in to say three things: 1) Hello from a fellow Ashevegas dweller. 2) I was told there'd be pie and punch served. 3) Color me a Davehead, and have been since I first heard the band back in middle school (92/93). This song gets an 8, but I agree with another RP user that the version with Emmylou Harris (I beleive I saw it on Austin City Limits way back when) was simply outstanding.
Dave Matthews has created and continues to create great music, I am sorry for anyone who ruined his music by overplaying it, or hanging out with people who overplayed it. Many people in college have no idea who they are yet, and when exposed to good music they go a little overboard, e.g. Spreadheads, deadheads, parrotheads, phishheads, etc. I was fortunate to have parents who exposed me to great music growing up, So when I did get to college I was listening to "good" music and had the good sense not to ruin it by overplaying. I would think this would apply to anyone here (RP)
I'm not a DM fan but one thing is for sure he is one very good and unique guitar player. I've done some open mic sessions and at times some players do his music or something close and all I can do is clap. The use of the diminished and augmented cords just blows me away. This song does not reflect his guitar skills much but some of his arrangments are remarkable.
This reminds me of the time when I was in high school and my good friend gave me an Abercrombie hat as a joke. I can't remember what became of it; I think I gave it to Goodwill.
Tana wrote:
I was going to say the same thing and then read your post. The violin and sax coming in between phrases in Lillywhite Digging a Ditch has much more prominance, lilt, depth. But it's still a great song. Heard it once at a live show and it was worth the price of admission.
YES! that and I managed to download a live version with Dave and Emmy Lou Harris performing this that was AMAZING! ...back when "bearshare" was easy to use and didn't involve soooo much adverstising!
My favorite from this cd ...
Now this is scary! Good for Halloween! Boo!
JesseJ wrote:
The Lilywhite Sessions version is much better.. not so "produced".
I was going to say the same thing and then read your post. The violin and sax coming in between phrases in Lillywhite Digging a Ditch has much more prominance, lilt, depth. But it's still a great song. Heard it once at a live show and it was worth the price of admission.
I liked DMB during Under the Table and Dreaming but man-oh-man, is his sound tired.
mrrmt wrote:
couldn't stand DMB in college when everyone and their frat brother, sorority sister and wanna be musican imitated them BUT now a dose every once in a while is appreciated because it's not being shoved down my throat. keep it coming, every now and then.....
Exactly! Did we go to the same University?
As Homer Simpson so succinctly puts it:BORING!!!!