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Idea of You (Lyrics)

Introduced in the 2006 Summer tour. There are many variations to these lyrics. In 2007, Dave prefaced the song with "this is a song about my babysitter when I was a kid." The lyrics have changed slightly to fall in line. 

After over 100 performances this song was officailly recorded in the studio and released on "Come Tomorrow", though with a live flair to it and features horns from Leroi Moore. In various interviews, Dave Matthews expressed that he did not want to put this song on an ablum, but was later conviced by producer Rob Callavo to include it. "The" from the title was excluded making the song now just simply called "Idea of You"

Note: Not all alternate lyrics are listed here. 

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Official Album Lyrics

After school sitting on my front step
I remember waitin' for you to walk past
You just a dream to a little kid
But I catch up to you one day
And we'll laugh how things have changed
You never dreamed we'd end up this way
But I dreamed about it everyday
I'm not gonna pull your hair

I fall so hard
Inside the idea of you
That's why with you
Can't say what I mean
Wanna stay but I
Think I'm getting outta here
I fall so hard
Inside the idea of you

I stumble fall in
Front of you and all your friends
You pick me up
You brush me off
I grin but I wanna disappear
One day when you fall for me babe
And I remember this day
And I won't brush you off baby
And I'm not gonna
Kick you in your shins

I fall so hard
Inside the idea of you
That's why with you
Can't say what I mean
Wanna stay but I
Think I'm gettin' outta here
I fall so hard
Inside the idea of you

Maybe one day
I'll be your king 'cause you'll be my queen
In the backseat
Of a parked car
The stars and moon the only witness
I'm dreaming
I know that
But I feel it as real as laughing
And I wake up
When I wake up
You're gone, gone, gone

I fall so hard
Inside the idea of you
That's why with you
Can't say what I mean
Wanna stay but I
Think I'm gettin' outta here
I fall so hard
Inside the idea of you

I stumble fall in
Front of you and all your cool friends
You pick me up
You brush me off
I grin but I wanna disappear
One day you will fall for me
And then I'll remember this day
But I won't brush you off baby
And I'm not gonna pull your hair

06.03.06

And so it goes, head up again
I wish I was young I could be in your class
oh but I'm a stalking man
I watch you climb on your bus
You make me feel like a kid
So Im not gonna pull your hair
I fall so hard inside the idea of you
That’s why with you I can say what I mean
I want to stay but God getting me out of here
I fall so hard inside the idea of you
Here you come again
(???)
I got (???)
I'm playing it like I can
No you are the queen I could be your king
I got you by a couple of years
Oh no I'm not a kid
So I'm gonna pull your hair
I fall so hard inside the idea of you
That’s why with you I can say what I feel
I want to stay but I think God’s getting out of here
I fall so hard inside the idea of you
Oh bad (?)
You're a flame and I could name you
Roll it, bust out
Dream of me
Well, could you laugh at that dirty man
Next door has got me tripping,
I think, don't you?
Ahh ha yeah
I fell so hard inside the idea of you
That’s why with you can say what I feel
I want to stay but I think God’s getting me out of here
I fall so hard inside the idea of you


06.17.06 alternate lyrics

...sitting on my front stairs
waiting for the ??
hoping she walks this way again
walking home from that place
but you know I'm too old to be sitting here
but she got me feeling like a kid
but I'm an old, old man compared to her
so I'm not going to pull her hair

I fall so hard inside the idea of you
that's why, with you, can't say what I mean
wanna stay but I think I'm getting out of here
I fall so hard inside the idea of you

What if she knew what I was thinking?
I'll bet that girl wouldn't even understand
This was back in the king and queens
she'd be mine and I be her mid way to fall
and it'd be ok, you know
but I'm not going to be that ??
'cause I'm not going to kick her in the shins,
you know

I fall so hard inside the idea of you
that's why, with you, can't say what I mean
wanna stay but I think I'm getting out of here
I fall so hard inside the idea of you

whoa then whoa then, running,
he's ok, crazy, violent, way inside
know this, lord
know then, what will,
I know that I must stop thinking, baby
oh, all this ??
oh lord, lord, hey

I fall so hard inside the idea of you
that's why, with you, can't say what I mean
wanna stay but I think I'm getting out of here
I fall so hard inside the idea of you