There’s two things about this song you should know. First, the main story of the song follows a theme that’s carried throughout the album it’s found on. ‘Alligator Pie’ was recorded in New Orleanes, as with the rest of “Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King”. The flavor of the city oozes on this track, and the lyrics spin a story about survivors of Hurricane Katrina, a recent part of the city’s history that has made an indelibly mark on it’s culture.
The other thing, is that Dave Matthews has young twin daughters. One of the recurring themes throughout his lyrics is that of Grace, be it in whatever form. Grace happens to be one of his daughter’s names. His other daughter, Stella, started to get a bit jealous, asking “When are you gonna put ME in a song?!” And that’s how the song was born!
Well, after a fashion.
It’s been 50 years since the famous American debut of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Now, it’s heavily rumored that, nearly half a century to the day, the two remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will reunite on the very same stage that helped catapult them into the hearts of America.
David Letterman, who records at Ed Sullivan studios, is planning a week long tribute to that influential performance, and his shows producers are feverishly trying to negotiate a deal with Paul and Ringo to perform a live set on the Friday, Feb. 7th show.
With a new Beatles compilation on the way, and the fact that there’s an almost guarantee that neither Paul nor Ringo plans to perform at the next 50 year anniversary, I think there are solid reasons for all parties to reach an agreement. And I hope they do.