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|"Pantala Naga Pampa"|
|Song by Dave Matthews Band|
|from the album Before These Crowded Streets|
|Released||April 28, 1998|
|Songwriter(s)||David J. Matthews|
The song was the shortest track recorded by the band in the studio (until "bkdkdkdd" was released on the 2018 album Come Tomorrow) and was based on an old live song known as "What Will Become of Me?" part of which can be heard at the end of "Jimi Thing" on Matthews and Tim Reynolds' album, Live at Luther College.
A band representative told a band fan site in 2002 that the phrase "pantala naga pampa" is believed by the band to mean "I have a snake in my pants" in colloquial Tamil. They learned the phrase from their cook, who was fond of using the phrase.
In a tweet in 2019, bassist Stefan Lessard all but confirmed the meaning of the phrase in reference to a news story of a man stealing a snake by hiding it in his pants.