Today’s Song: Bush Unpack Impermanence & the Speed of Life in “Nowhere to Go But Everywhere”

Bush © Shervin Lainez
Bush © Shervin Lainez
31 years into their career, English rock band Bush sound better than ever as they come at life’s fleeting nature with unrelenting passion and zeal, unpacking impermanence in the heavy and hard-hitting “Nowhere to Go But Everywhere.”
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“Nowhere to Go But Everywhere” – Bush




Better swim against the tide than drown yourself in a sea of lies…

Impermanence.

It’s such a poetic and powerful word, and yet it rests heavy on the tongue – like even our own organs know what it means to spell out their fate. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Dwelling in mortality doesn’t get you very far, until it does: 31 years into their career, English rock band Bush sound better than ever as they come at life’s fleeting nature with unrelenting passion and zeal, unpacking impermanence in the heavy and hard-hitting “Nowhere to Go But Everywhere.”

Loaded: The Greatest Hits 1994-2023 - Bush
Loaded: The Greatest Hits 1994-2023 – Bush
I been looking for a starter kit
Finding ways to keep it lit
Know your rights, it’s not a game
Flesh and blood on the interstate
I wish I knew myself better
I wish I knew myself more, galore
I was so much younger then
Thought life would never end
I was so much younger then
Me and all my friends
Impermanence
Impermanence

Released September 20, 2023 via Zuma Rock / Round Hill Records, “Nowhere to Go But Everywhere” sees Bush at their best – and prepared to get even better. Known for their grungy, fierce alternative sound – and who can forget frontman Gavin Rossdale’s instantly identifiable voice? – Bush’s third decade starts off with a first: A greatest hits collection years in the making.

Bush © 2019
Bush © 2019



Loaded: The Greatest Hits 1994-2023 is the band’s first and only best-of retrospective, pulling generously from 1994’s iconic six-times platinum debut album Sixteen Stone and taking bits and pieces from the rest of their discography, all the way up to 2022’s ninth studio album, The Art of Survival. In addition to nineteen previously-released songs, Loaded includes two brand new, unreleased Bush tracks: A roaring, noteworthy cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” and “Nowhere to Go But Everywhere,” a track that feels at once brooding and bold, nostalgic for the past and hopeful for the future.

I dream of Ezra and I dream of gold
Never put your life on hold
Better swim against the tide
Than drown yourself in a sea of lies
I wish I knew myself better
I wish I knew myself more, galore
I was so much younger then
Thought life would never end
I was so much younger then
Me and all my friends
Impermanence…

“‘Nowhere to Go But Everywhere’, this is a song about the speed of life,” frontman Gavin Rossdale tells Atwood Magazine. “The friends we make and the endless possibilities before us.”

Life can pass you by pretty fast, but no matter where you are in your journey, there’s always time to slow down and live in the moment. As Rossdale sings in the song’s breakdown:

Nowhere to go but everywhere 
Nothing to see but everything, everything
Nowhere to go but forward
Nowhere to go without me
Bush © Shervin Lainez
Bush © Shervin Lainez



The “Nowhere To Go But Everywhere” music video is billed as an exploration of mourning youth, while questioning the lengths people go to avoid aging:

“While anyone can identify with clinging to the past which the song addresses, the extremes we’ve seen some people go to for external youth is unnerving,” Rossdale says. “It is a drag watching your own face age – and yet as, David Bowie said, ‘The thing about aging is you become the person you should have been all along.’ — genius. And feels true.”

Don’t let your own mortality hold you back or bring you down; lean into impermanence and seize your life with raw passion and resolve, with a little help from Bush!

I was so much younger then 
Thought life would never end 
I was so much younger then 
Me and all my friends
Me and all my friends
I was so much younger then
Thought life would never end
I was so much younger then
Me and all my friends
Impermanence…
I was so much younger then…

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