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Christmas Song

Also Known As: Blood of Our Children
Fully Played: 185
Last Played: 6.28.14 (1210 days ago)
Shortest Version: 4:22 (04.22.93)
Longest Version: 6:53 (02.01.96)
Aborted Count : 3
Aborted* Count : 2
Partial Count : 1
Tease Count : 2

Liberated 3 times:
12.8.9312.2.98 (after 1820 days)
12.19.9811.29.05 (after 2537 days)
12.15.059.18.10 (after 1738 days)
why in all this anger do you fill me up with love
Composer
Matthews (1993)
Song History
This quiet tune started out as a Dave Solo feature in early shows, and was included in Remember Two Things as one of the Dave and Tim tracks on the album compilation. Throughout the years, this song has regularly been played during the the pre-holiday season, paying ode to the story of a man who had a profound impact on humanity. This song has always featured Carter on backing vocals and was recorded during the Everyday studio recording sessions for release on the Platinum Christmas compilation disc. During live play, Dave usually quotes a line from The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" and "Can't Buy Me Love".

When introducing the song, Dave often gives a disclaimer that the song is "not a religious song, just a story" (09.18.10).

The song's debut (introduced that night as "Blood of Our Children") was long thought to be 12.23.92. When the unknown 12.21.92 show was released by management on June 8, 2010 as part of the DMBlive series, Christmas Song appeared in the encore, moving its known debut date back two days. There is no dialogue before or after the song to mark its first time being played, so it is still possible that the real debut came earlier than this even.
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Distinct  Personnel
Carter Beauford  (79)
Dave Matthews  (82)
Dave and Tim  (65)
Tim Reynolds  (29)
Butch Taylor  (10)
Dave Solo  (45)
Shannon Worrell  (2)
Boyd Tinsley  (1)
Stefan Lessard  (11)
1991
1992
12.21
12.23
1993
1.20
1.23
partial
2.17
3.2
3.16
4.5
4.22
5.4
5.4
5.14
5.23
aborted
6.2
6.13
6.24
7.6
7.7
7.13
7.26
8.19
10.30
11.9
11.10
11.16
11.29
12.5
12.8
12.10
12.12
12.31
1994
1.29
2.10
2.11
2.21
3.1
3.2
3.19
5.2
5.4
5.7
8.25
11.7
11.9
11.11
11.13
11.14
11.17
11.18
11.26
12.1
12.4
12.8
12.9
12.12
12.15
12.17
12.30
1995
2.14
2.15
3.30
4.2
4.5
4.14
7.9
7.27
9.24
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
2.16
2.17
2.18
2.19
12.1
12.2
12.3
12.5
12.6
12.7
12.8
12.16
12.27
1997
1.15
1.23
1.24
1.29
1.30
2.2
2.4
2.8
2.10
2.11
2.13
2.15
2.18
2.20
2.21
2.22
2.23
1998
12.2
12.5
12.7
12.7
12.10
12.10
12.13
12.14
12.15
12.17
12.19
1999
2.9
2.10
2.13
2.14
2.16
2.21
2.26
aborted
2.27
2.28
3.2
3.7
3.9
3.12
aborted*
2000
12.3
12.5
12.7
12.8
12.9
12.11
12.12
12.16
12.17
2001
2002
12.11
12.13
12.14
12.17
12.20
12.20
tease
12.22
2003
3.29
3.31
2004
2005
tease
11.29
11.30
12.3
12.4
12.6
12.7
12.9
12.10
12.12
12.13
12.15
2006
2007
2.23
2008
2009
aborted*
12.12
2010
9.18
11.6
11.10
aborted
11.13
11.16
11.19
12.7
12.10
12.11
2011
2012
12.3
12.4
12.5
12.7
12.8
12.12
12.15
12.18
12.19
12.22
2013
2014
6.28
2015
2016
2017
2018
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