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Bush Days — One of the most appealing things about the music of Bush is the intriguing way that Gavin Rossdale has always written his lyrics. Interesting also is the way that they’ve evolved over time; with the early records — Sixteen Stone and Razorblade Suitcase — Rossdale’s lyrics were very cryptic, veiling the overly personal nature of the songs themselves. But how things have changed.

Beginning with The Science Of Things and progressing through his solo work, Rossdale’s lyrics have become far more layered, far more insightful. Don’t be fooled, however — while they seem far more straightforward, the lyrics have actually become more subtle and poignant, reading far more like Chomsky than Cobain; Rossdale makes talking about lyrics as much fun as Inception made talking about movies.

Case in point, early Bush was far more abstract in its translation, and you would not see an example of lyrics such as this:

Cool to disappear but
I missed you most days
An army of tattooed angels
Have brought me back today

The opening lyrics to “Bullet–Proof Skin”, kicking off Distort Yourself by Institute, Rossdale’s brilliant second band. I can remember being a part of the Institute forums online, and proposing then that the lines were a direct message to fans and listeners around the world; in plain English, Rossdale was announcing both his return and his love for his fans.

(I was right, of course, but in the excitement of the announcement in an interview, everyone forgot about who first guessed it faster than they forgot about Dre.)

Similarly, I propose the same here, from the bridge in “Afterlife”, the lead single off of Everything Always Now:

Come inside
Come over here
I remember you
Through all the years
Don’t try to run us down
When the world is at your feet

Rossdale’s song about love in other dimensions seems not to neglect the love he has for Bush fans in this dimension. Admittedly, it’s not as obvious as when you read the lyric from the Institute record, but I’ve got a feeling… mark my words.

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    My name is Bobby.

    I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things.

    I write occasionally for Smashing Magazine and the London Community News online, and weekly for Interrobang, the student voice newspaper at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

    I've also been published by the Canadian University Press.
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