Oh Bondage Up Yours!

Dave: Sex is, it's like a thing, right? That people do. I'm going to have some coffee so I don't say some things I'm going to regret.

Tori: You're charming, I'm telling you. Do you have a woman?

Of course he did, and he's since gotten hitched. He's not a simple sleaze like that guy Steely Dan or Marshall "Mediocre Social Skills" Mathers; even Dave's small, searching voice sounds a little embarrassed leading rockers like "So Much to Say." No, he bats his eyelashes at least as well as he pulls his pud.

Meanwhile, earlier in the interview, Dave says he's "one of those alcoholics that's doomed to a long existence as a smiley drunk." "Crush," the song off '98's Before These Crowded Streetsthat makes me the most smiley, hums as he gently implores, "Lovely lady/let me drink you pleeeease . . . crush me/come on." This, obviously, wasn't what we meant calling somebody a "crush" in high school. And the delicate-sounding "Crash Into Me" (off Crash,'96), which culminates in "you come crash into me/and I come into you," begins with "you've got your ball/you've got your chain/tied to me tight/tie me up again." Like a baby, maybe—think of the categorical imperative. (Hubby's obvious—word is, Mrs. Matthews has motivated adult Dave to depart Old Virginny for the left coast.) Whether he's infantilizing himself or someone else, Dave's figurative BDSM language betrays the ways in which hurt (like groove) is in the heart. Beyonce Knowles rightfully insists men quit callin' her baby. But would she object to Dave Matthews calling her mommy?

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