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According to the Why I Am Songfacts, mortality has never been far from the surface of frontman Dave Matthews' lyrics, since his sister was murdered by her husband in 1994. This song's lyrical content took on greater meaning for the band after the tragic death of their sax player LeRoi Moore, as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident on his farm.

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I grew from monkey into man
then I crushed fifteen million with a wave of my hand
I grew drunk on water turned into wine
Till I was slave and master…

Dave Matthews Band - Why I Am Lyrics

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