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“#41” was originally written by Dave Matthews as a reply to lawsuits brought forth by Ross Hoffman, a former associate and manager of the band. Hoffman owned rights to a number of the band’s songs in the early 1990s; however, due to creative differences, he was eventually fired by the band, and the band’s present manager, Coran Capshaw, was hired. As an owner to the band’s songs, Hoffman felt he deserved a share of the profits, which later caused a legal dispute between him and the band. Matthews wrote the song based upon the broken-hearted feelings he was experiencing as he was going through legal disputes with a former mentor of his.

On April 7, 1995, “#41” debuted under the title “41 Police.” As the band had not come up with an official title for the song, the number 41 was used as it was the band’s 41st song, and it sounded similar to a song by The Police, hence the original title, “41 Police.” The original performance was played at Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University, and lasted around nine minutes. This version of the song was played a total of 19 times before evolving into the “#41” that exists today.

In fall 1995, the song was officially named “#41” after several lyric and chord changes were made. This song was the band’s fourth “numbered” song at the time, following “#34,” “#36,” and “#40.” After “41 Police” became a defunct song, the first performance of the “#41” live was played on October 4, 1995 at the Tinker Street Café in Woodstock, NY. The show featured frequent collaborator Tim Reynolds on the electric guitar.

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  • trcycr

    Dave + jazzy horns = WIN

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • lllaw43

    I thank God for helping me find this fantastic Band,I have seen Dave 7 times and will see him again in May. I never get tired of hearing this talented band He just gets better and mellow with age.

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • lyzzny

    i just love him

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • leswad59

    All Dave All Day!

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • biomorfo

    "this song makes me think so much about my life... just the overall feel of it not only relaxes me but puts me in the mood to just look over what I'm doing, and lets me actually... think. its really great to have a song to have me feeling like this." haha spread the word!

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • QuasBR

    been my favorite song for 14 years strong

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • theithilstone

    i'm coming slooow buuut speee-ding just great

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • altyindierocky

    this song makes me think so much about my life... just the overall feel of it not only relaxes me but puts me in the mood to just look over what I'm doing, and lets me actually... think. its really great to have a song to have me feeling like this.

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • allehoeft

    Love this song! been listening to them for years!

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • sbouy_311

    I love it!

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JessyGirl

    first song of the day... good way to start it off!

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JerryZola25

    goes on a bit!

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Joghi86

    Just a great piece of music from great musicians!

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Brujette

    one of my faves DMB tunes > 2

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • baiodias

    Damn, that's gooood!

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Andresfac383

    one of my faves DMB tunes

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • lyonfreitas

    hashtag41

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • iLoveDUB

    *Yells* Every Day!

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • lyonfreitas

    51 a good ideia

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • iLoveDUB

    Acoustic version is giving me goosebumps!

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
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