From the Album:Under The Table And Dreaming (1994)
Quick Take: ”What Would You Say” was the Dave Matthews Band first top ten hit and
established what had been a largely regional following into an
international success. Promoted by a garish, attention-getting video,
the song’s lyrics are an exercise in metaphysical fatalism, the sort of
thing John Donne might have written on a day he was really, really
depressed. Images of a dying bear eating its head place the lyrics at
odds with the mostly upbeat tune and Matthews’s almost whimsical vocals.
The odd combination of disparate elements connected with a broad
audience. While the song peaked at #9 on the Top 40 Mainstream charts,
it has retained sufficient airplay to qualify as an enduring favorite.
Courtesy: Richard Gilliam (allmusic.com)