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Ants Marching

Also Known As: No New Directions
Fully Played: 1238
Last Played: 3.25.17 (1 days ago)
Shortest Version: 3:12 (01.19.93)
Longest Version: 12:43 (07.23.16)
Aborted Count : 4
Fake Count : 8
People in every direction
Composer
Matthews (1993)
Song History
As Dave Matthews once put it, "This song is our anthem". It's perhaps one of the best known DMB songs and the all time most played set closer in history by a longshot. It incorporates every aspect of the band's personalities and bridges the DMB of old with the new. During its first years, Ants Marching was an instant favorite. It was usually preceeded by the 2001 Intro and was heavy on the keyboards. After Peter Greisar left the band, the intro evolved into a prelude build up similar to "Dueling Banjos". As the song progressed through 1993, it evolved its most recognizable feature: the Carter snare intro, which has sometimes lasted as long as 1 and a half minutes. 1995 was the golden year of Ants. Not only was it the most played set closer, but it was also the most played song. It was during this time that Dave began letting the crowd sing "People in every direction". Further through the years, the song evolved slightly more to include a 1-2-3 round robin jam towards the end and has also featured guests on special occasions. According to calculations based on the number of times played and number of shows performed, any given show has about a 50% chance of containing Ants. On our site, snare intro in the notes denotes the Carter snare intro, direct intro denotes the quick the band intro.

Starting in 2007, Rashawn began interpolating The Jacksons' "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" in most versions of the song.

Studio personnel:
Tim Reynolds - acoustic guitar
Lyrics:
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Distinct  Personnel
Butch Taylor  (205)
Béla Fleck  (26)
Victor Wooten  (5)
Futureman  (6)
Jeff Coffin  (269)
Warren Haynes  (3)
Jamal Millner  (2)
Dave and Tim  (114)
Tim Reynolds  (295)
Dave Matthews  (6)
Stefan Lessard  (3)
Dave Solo  (16)
Paul McCandless  (1)
LeRoi Moore  (1)
Jeff Sipe (Apt. Q-258)  (1)
Doug Wanamaker  (4)
Peter Griesar  (2)
David Ryan Harris  (1)
Trey Anastasio  (1)
Richmond Symphony Orchestra  (2)
Miguel Valdes  (1)
Boyd Tinsley  (4)
Rashawn Ross  (336)
Carter Beauford  (5)
Eric Krasno  (1)
Mike Durham  (1)
Bennie Cowan  (1)
Greg Thomas  (1)
Greg Howard  (2)
Leon Mobley  (1)
The Chamber Orchestra of Havana  (1)
Carlos Varela  (2)
Steve Jordan  (1)
Clifton Anderson  (1)
Clark Gayton  (1)
Eddie Allen  (1)
Isaiah Sharkey  (1)
Jamaaladeen Tacuma  (1)
Mix Master Mike  (1)
Ray Parker, Jr.  (1)
Ronald Khalis Bell  (1)
Wayne Cobham  (1)
1991
10.22
1992
2.13
3.20
4.5
4.22
5.13
5.14
5.20
5.26
6.9
6.17
7.4
7.8
7.21
7.28
7.31
8.4
9.1
9.11
9.30
10.14
10.27
11.3
11.11
11.17
11.24
12.4
12.21
12.22
12.29
12.31
1993
1.19
1.19
1.20
1.26
1.27
1.29
1.30
2.3
2.6
2.9
2.10
2.11
2.17
2.25
2.26
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.6
3.9
3.12
3.16
3.17
3.20
3.23
3.24
3.27
4.1
4.2
4.7
4.9
4.10
4.14
4.18
4.22
4.30
5.4
5.14
5.19
5.21
5.23
5.25
5.27
5.31
6.2
6.8
6.9
6.12
6.13
6.15
6.16
6.21
6.23
6.24
6.26
7.6
7.7
7.14
7.21
7.22
7.26
7.27
8.10
8.13
8.16
8.17
8.18
8.19
8.31
9.1
9.2
9.3
9.8
9.16
9.18
9.23
10.3
10.5
10.15
10.16
10.20
10.22
10.24
10.26
10.27
10.30
11.2
11.5
11.6
11.9
11.10
11.11
11.12
11.13
11.16
11.17
11.18
11.20
11.23
11.24
 11.27
11.29
11.30
12.1
12.2
12.3
12.4
12.5
12.7
12.8
12.10
12.11
12.12
12.28
12.31
1994
1.3
1.6
1.10
1.29
2.4
2.5
2.9
2.10
2.11
2.16
2.17
2.19
2.21
2.22
2.23
2.24
2.25
2.26
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.7
3.10
3.15
3.17
3.18
3.19
3.26
3.31
4.1
4.3
4.5
4.6
4.7
4.8
4.9
4.10
4.13
4.14
4.15
4.19
4.20
4.21
4.22
4.24
4.26
4.27
4.28
4.29
4.30
5.2
5.14
5.30
 6.12
7.17
7.19
7.21
7.23
7.24
7.27
7.28
7.30
8.1
8.2
8.5
8.6
8.12
8.16
8.17
8.21
8.25
8.28
8.30
9.1
9.3
9.4
fake
9.28
9.29
10.1
10.3
10.5
10.6
10.9
10.11
10.12
10.14
10.15
10.16
10.18
10.19
10.20
10.21
10.22
10.26
10.27
10.27
10.28
10.29
11.1
11.3
11.7
11.8
11.9
11.11
11.12
11.13
11.14
11.17
11.18
11.19
11.20
11.23
11.25
11.26
11.29
12.1
12.2
12.3
12.4
12.8
12.9
12.10
12.12
12.15
12.16
12.17
12.27
12.28
12.29
12.30
12.31
1995
1.26
1.27
1.28
1.30
1.31
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.7
2.8
2.10
2.11
2.12
2.12
2.14
2.15
2.17
2.20
2.21
2.23
2.24
2.25
2.26
2.28
3.1
3.4
3.5
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.11
3.12
3.15
3.17
3.18
3.19
3.23
3.25
3.27
3.28
3.29
3.30
3.31
4.2
4.3
4.5
4.7
4.8
4.10
4.11
4.14
4.15
4.16
4.17
4.18
4.19
4.21
4.22
4.23
4.25
4.26
4.27
4.29
4.30
5.1
5.2
5.4
5.5
5.6
5.8
5.9
5.10
5.10
5.12
5.13
5.14
5.20
6.24
6.25
7.8
7.12
7.13
7.20
7.21
7.22
7.22
7.23
7.25
7.26
7.27
7.28
aborted
7.30
7.31
8.2
8.3
8.4
8.5
8.7
8.8
8.9
8.11
8.12
8.14
8.15
8.17
8.18
8.19
8.20
8.21
8.23
8.24
8.25
8.26
8.27
8.29
8.31
9.1
9.2
9.3
9.24
10.1
10.4
12.5
12.7
12.15
12.27
12.28
12.29
12.30
12.31
1996
2.1
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.8
2.9
2.10
2.11
2.13
2.14
2.16
2.17
2.18
2.19
4.14
4.29
4.30
5.3
5.5
5.6
5.9
5.10
5.11
5.14
5.15
5.22
5.23
5.25
5.26
5.29
5.30
5.31
6.4
6.5
6.7
6.8
6.9
6.11
6.12
6.14
6.15
6.16
6.18
6.19
6.21
6.22
6.23
6.28
6.30
7.3
7.5
7.6
7.8
7.10
7.13
7.14
7.18
7.19
7.20
7.21
7.23
7.24
7.26
7.27
7.28
7.29
7.30
8.1
8.3
8.4
8.30
8.31
9.1
9.3
9.4
9.6
9.7
9.8
9.9
9.27
9.28
9.29
10.1
10.2
10.3
10.4
10.6
10.7
10.10
10.11
10.12
10.13
10.15
10.16
10.18
10.19
10.21
10.22
10.25
10.26
10.28
10.29
10.31
11.2
11.3
11.5
11.6
11.7
11.9
11.10
11.12
11.13
11.15
11.16
11.17
11.19
11.20
12.1
12.2
12.3
12.5
12.6
12.7
12.8
12.16
12.27
12.28
12.29
12.30
12.31
1997
1.14
1.15
1.20
1.21
1.22
1.23
1.24
1.25
1.27
1.29
1.30
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.10
2.11
2.13
2.14
2.15
2.17
2.18
2.20
2.21
2.22
2.23
6.3
6.5
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.10
6.11
6.12
6.13
6.15
6.16
6.18
6.19
6.20
6.22
6.23
6.25
6.26
6.27
6.28
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.5
7.6
7.7
7.8
7.10
7.11
7.13
10.4
11.1
12.5
1998
5.29
5.30
6.5
6.28
6.29
7.1
7.2
7.5
7.6
7.9
8.9
8.15
8.18
8.20
8.21
8.23
8.25
8.27
8.30
10.15
10.16
10.18
10.26
10.27
10.29
11.3
11.5
11.7
11.9
11.11
11.14
11.17
12.17
12.18
1999
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.10
3.13
3.14
3.24
3.25
5.2
5.4
5.7
5.9
5.12
5.15
5.16
5.20
5.22
5.26
5.30
6.4
6.9
6.11
6.12
6.15
6.18
6.19
6.22
6.24
6.27
7.6
7.9
7.10
7.11
7.15
7.17
7.20
7.24
7.26
7.28
7.30
8.3
8.7
9.12
2000
6.20
6.24
6.27
6.30
7.8
7.13
7.16
7.19
7.21
7.25
7.28
7.29
7.30
8.1
8.5
8.19
8.23
8.27
8.29
9.1
9.9
9.13
9.16
9.19
9.20
10.28
12.3
12.5
12.8
 12.13
12.17
2001
1.20
2.27
4.21
4.29
5.2
5.5
5.12
5.14
6.6
6.13
6.17
6.24
7.7
7.11
7.20
7.30
8.1
8.4
8.8
8.26
8.28
10.21
11.12
2002
2.9
3.16
4.12
4.19
4.21
4.24
4.27
4.30
5.2
5.5
5.7
5.10
5.12
5.15
5.19
5.24
5.29
7.6
7.9
7.12
7.13
7.17
7.29
8.5
8.11
9.1
9.6
9.29
12.10
12.14
12.20
12.21
2003
3.19
3.20
3.22
3.23
3.25
3.26
3.28
3.31
4.1
4.4
5.5
6.18
6.27
6.30
7.5
7.9
7.10
7.12
7.13
7.18
7.22
7.26
7.29
8.1
8.4
8.7
8.28
8.30
9.3
9.6
9.9
9.13
9.16
9.17
9.20
9.24
12.19
2004
6.21
6.24
6.26
6.29
7.2
7.7
7.8
7.10
7.11
7.13
7.17
7.23
7.26
7.31
8.4
8.7
8.16
8.20
8.23
8.28
8.31
9.5
10.2
10.11
2005
3.21
3.24
3.26
4.30
5.9
5.17
6.5
6.13
6.19
6.29
7.1
7.5
7.14
7.21
7.31
8.12
8.20
8.28
8.30
8.31
9.3
9.7
9.9
9.18
9.20
11.27
11.30
12.4
12.7
12.10
12.12
12.15
2006
6.2
6.6
6.9
6.14
6.17
6.20
aborted
6.23
6.27
7.1
7.5
7.7
7.28
8.2
8.5
8.9
8.11
8.15
8.16
8.18
8.25
8.28
9.2
9.12
9.15
9.22
10.20
10.21
10.27
10.28
10.29
10.30
2007
2.23
2.24
2.26
3.2
3.4
3.6
3.8
3.12
3.13
3.14
5.1
5.2
5.4
5.5
5.23
5.25
5.27
5.28
5.30
7.9
7.28
8.2
8.5
8.8
8.15
8.18
8.22
8.26
8.28
9.2
9.6
9.8
9.9
9.11
9.14
9.18
9.21
9.25
9.28
9.29
10.1
11.13
11.14
11.15
2008
4.1
4.6
4.20
5.20
5.31
6.4
6.6
6.7
6.10
6.13
6.17
6.21
6.24
6.27
6.28
7.1
7.4
7.5
7.7
7.9
7.11
7.20
7.22
7.26
7.29
7.30
8.1
8.2
8.5
8.7
8.9
8.13
8.15
8.16
8.19
8.22
8.24
8.31
9.7
9.10
9.20
9.26
9.28
9.30
10.3
10.26
2009
4.14
4.17
4.20
4.22
4.25
4.26
4.28
5.2
5.5
5.9
5.29
6.1
6.5
6.6
6.9
6.10
6.12
6.16
6.20
6.25
6.28
6.29
7.1
fake
7.2
7.4
7.5
7.7
7.10
7.11
7.18
7.25
aborted
8.10
8.15
8.29
9.5
9.10
9.13
9.20
9.25
9.26
10.3
10.25
12.11
2010
2.16
2.17
2.19
2.22
2.25
2.28
3.1
3.3
3.4
3.6
3.7
3.9
3.11
3.12
3.14
3.15
5.20
5.28
6.1
6.2
6.4
6.7
6.15
6.18
6.23
6.25
6.26
6.30
7.4
7.6
7.9
7.10
7.13
7.16
7.20
7.23
7.25
7.27
7.30
8.14
8.15
8.17
8.21
8.23
8.27
9.5
9.9
9.11
9.14
9.15
9.17
9.23
10.8
10.10
10.14
10.16
11.3
11.9
aborted
11.20
12.16
2011
fake
6.26
7.10
fake
9.18
11.19
2012
5.22
5.28
6.6
6.8
6.13
6.22
6.29
7.7
7.11
7.14
7.20
9.1
9.7
9.9
9.11
9.23
12.5
12.9
12.12
12.14
12.19
12.21
12.22
2013
4.6
4.28
5.17
5.26
5.28
6.1
6.6
6.7
6.16
6.21
6.29
7.2
7.3
7.5
7.9
7.10
7.12
7.17
7.19
7.24
7.27
8.23
8.27
8.30
9.4
9.7
11.30
12.3
12.7
12.8
12.11
12.14
12.17
2014
1.16
4.13
4.15
4.17
4.19
5.17
5.21
5.31
6.6
6.7
6.10
6.13
6.21
fake
6.25
6.27
6.28
7.2
7.4
7.9
7.12
7.16
7.18
7.22
7.25
7.26
8.23
8.30
9.6
9.13
2015
1.17
3.15
5.7
5.15
5.16
5.20
5.23
6.2
6.5
6.6
6.10
6.13
6.30
7.3
fake
7.10
7.14
fake
7.21
7.25
7.29
8.29
9.1
9.2
9.5
9.11
9.13
10.8
10.11
10.12
10.15
10.17
10.20
10.24
10.25
10.28
fake
11.1
11.4
11.11
2016
2.4
5.7
5.17
5.21
5.24
5.28
6.6
6.21
6.28
7.6
7.13
7.20
7.23
7.30
8.30
9.4
9.17
10.1
10.10
10.23
11.1
11.12
11.13
2017
1.25
2.23
3.23
3.25
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