"Tripping Billies" is a song by the Dave Matthews Band, released as the fifth single from the album Crash. It originally debuted on their independent release Remember Two Things. It reached #18 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It has been regarded as having a very difficult and precise drum part played by the band's Carter Beauford.
Dave talked about the origins of this song at the show that was recorded for VH1 Storytellers on 03-24-1999. This part of the show, however, was not part of the aired program but can be heard on the fan traded tape of the show. He said that the "Dragons were smoked" line is a reference to "Puff, the Magic Dragon". He also mentioned taking some LSD on a beach in South Africa with Julia Grey and some friends. Then shortly thereafter deciding that he did not want to trip. "I was looking at my girlfriend Julia's face and then it melted into my mother's! And I thought, 'oh, no, that's not good.'"
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A LONG HOT SUMMER ; WITH AN ANTICIPATED CD AND THE START OF TOUR SEASON, FANS OF THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND HAVE A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Apr 12, 2002; The Dave Matthews Band is calling it quits. That's the announcement that only a year ago fans of the DMB feared was impending --...