Don't Drink the Water (Dave Matthews Band song)

"Don't Drink the Water" is a song by the Dave Matthews Band, released as the first single from their album Before These Crowded Streets. The song was also the first of three music videos made for this album. The subject of the song is the apartheid in South Africa and the persecution of the Native Americans.

"Don't Drink the Water"
Single by Dave Matthews Band
from the album Before These Crowded Streets
Length7:03 (Album Version)
4:35 (Radio Edit)
Songwriter(s)Dave Matthews [1]
Producer(s)Steve Lillywhite
Dave Matthews Band singles chronology
"Tripping Billies"
"Don't Drink the Water"
"Stay (Wasting Time)"
Audio sample
"Dave Matthews Band - Don't Drink The Water"

A music video was produced to promote the single.

Track listingEdit

U.S. singleEdit

  1. "Don't Drink the Water" (Edit) – 4:35
  2. "Don't Drink the Water" (Album Version) – 7:03

Australia singleEdit

  1. "Don't Drink the Water" (Edit) – 4:35
  2. "Crash into Me" (Live) – 5:33
  3. "Tripping Billies" (Live) – 5:28

Live releasesEdit


Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Alternative 30 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 50
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 19


  1. ^ ASCAP entry for the song[permanent dead link] ASCAP. Accessed on September 6, 2010.