This song was first played on 07.28.07 at a Dave & Tim show. The meaning of the name was revealed when Stefan said in an interview on Sirius satellite radio that this is the twenty-seventh song from the latest batch of songs the band has been working on. On 08.02.07 and again on 06.07.08, Dave introduced "#27" as "I Hope You'll Be By Me Then"
This song made a brief span of appearances in early 1993. It was inspired by and written for Miguel Valdez, a percussionist who sat in with the band in 1992 and who passed away in early 1993. It was finally released in 1994 on Under the Table and Dreaming (track #34) as an instrumental track. It is also co-written by Haines Fullerton, an early collaborator who took his own life in September 1996. The song made a surprising comeback on 7.9.05 after a few teases earlier in the tour. This is currently the longest comeback in DMB history, at 4491 days between performances, or a little over 12 years.
Dave covered this song by Willie Nelson during 2001 and 2002. He occasionally has been known to include a "Dock of the Bay" interpolation into it.
This song evolved into the song "Satellite". Never played live. The only known performance is the Rutabaga Studios demo recorded in 1992.