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Crash into Me

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Released  December 3, 1996
Genre  Soft rock, folk rock
Writer(s)  David J. Matthews
Format  CD single
Label  RCA
Length  5:16 (album version) 4:15 (radio edit)

"Crash Into Me" is a song by American rock group Dave Matthews Band. It was released in December 1996 as the third single from their second album, Crash. It reached number 7 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in March 1997. It is also featured on Dave Matthews Band's first compilation album, The Best of What's Around Vol. 1. The song was nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 1998 Grammy Awards.


Background and writing

Dave Matthews wrote Crash into Me on the campus of Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia. The inspiration for the song stemmed from his wife, Ashley Harper, who is an alumna of the College.


In his performance on VH1 Storytellers, Dave Matthews described this song as being about "the worship of women", albeit from a voyeur's perspective, and subsequently does a humorous impression of the woman being watched through the window complaining to the police. He ends by saying that he wrote this song instead of getting arrested.

Cover versions

The song has been covered by various artists including Stevie Nicks, who performed it on her 2008 Soundstage episode. Her version was later released as a single. It has also been covered numerous times by Lee DeWyze, who cites Dave Matthews Band as one of his biggest musical influences. The House Jacks recorded an a cappella version on their album Drive.

Track listing

U.S. promo CD single 1 / Australia promo CD single
  1. "Crash into Me" (edit) — 4:15
  2. "Crash into Me" (acoustic) — 5:18
  3. "Crash into Me" (album version) — 5:16
U.S. promo CD single 2
  1. "Crash into Me" — 5:16
  2. "Ants Marching" (live) — 4:45
  3. "So Much to Say" (acoustic) — 3:44
  4. "Crash into Me" (acoustic) — 5:18
  5. "Christmas Song" — 5:34

Stevie Nicks version

Stevie Nicks released "Crash into Me" as the first single from her album, The Soundstage Sessions, on March 17, 2009.

The promo, with the orchestra version of "Landslide" as the B-side, was serviced to radio on the week of March 3, 2009. It has been serviced to Triple A radio stations, and to XM Satellite Radio channel 45, The Spectrum, and XM channel 51, The Coffee House. The music video for the single has been playing on VH1 occasionally and is from her DVD Live in Chicago.

Stevie Nicks has often referred to the song simply as "Crash", hence the single cover title.


Crash into Me Wikipedia

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