"Ants Marching" is a song by American rock group Dave Matthews Band. It was released in September 1995 as the second single from their debut album Under the Table and Dreaming. It reached #18 on the Alternative chart and on the mainstream rock chart as well. The song was considered a successful, hit single. A different recording of it was included on their prior album, Remember Two Things. This version was significantly longer, clocking in at 6:08. According to DMBAlmanac.com, the song is possibly one of DMB's best known songs, and Dave Matthews described it as being "our anthem." Dave Mathews wrote the music and lyrics prior to its first performance in 1991.
The song is centered on the idea that people get caught up in the monotony of their everyday lives and forget to focus on what is truly important. The metaphor used is that people are like marching ants in the line, "All the little ants are marching, red and black antennae waving, they all do it the same, they all do it the same way." The title of Under the Table and Dreaming is derived from the verse:
Goes to visit his mommy She feeds him well - his concerns, he forgets them And remembers being small Playing under the table and dreaming.