“Love Remains the Same”

“Love Remains the Same”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Gavin Rossdale
“Love Remains the Same”

Written by Gavin Rossdale and Martin H. Frederiksen
Recorded by Gavin Rossdale

I wanted to write a song that expressed the alienation from someone you’ve lost, the big disconnect, the hostile words, the regret and ultimately the desperation of loss. It reflects the struggle to find that one person and make amends.

I wanted the song to be as simple as possible. One voice, one guitar. I wanted to describe the trailing through the streets, physically and mentally.

It is plaintive and primal. Sometimes losing someone is the quickest way to gain perspective. With love, there’s no resolve — it just goes on.

I worked on the song and made a very simple demo with Marti Frederiksen. The next morning I was on a flight, back on tour, and I played the song and it really spoke to me. I had no idea how it would connect with other people, it just seemed to be very connected to me — and that made me happy.

I thought to myself, “Now that wasn’t a waste of time.” As songwriters, those are the moments we live for.

“Love Remains the Same”

A thousand times I’ve seen you standing,

Gravity like lunar landing,

You make me wanna run ’til I find you.

I shut the world away from here,

I drift to you, you’re all I hear

As everything we know fades to black.

Half the time the world is ending

Truth is I am done pretending.

I never thought that I

Had anymore to give.

You’re pushing me so far.

Here I am without you.

Drink to all that we have lost

Mistakes we have made.

Everything will change

But love remains the same.

I find a place where we escape

Take you with me for a space.

The city buzz sounds just like a fridge.

I walk the streets through seven bars

I have to find just where you are.

The faces seem to blur,

They’re all the same.

Half the time the world is ending

Truth is I am done pretending.

I never thought that I

Had anymore to give.

You’re pushing me so far.

Here I am without you.

Drink to all that we have lost

Mistakes we have made.

Everything will change

But love remains the same.

So much more to say

So much to be done

Don’t you trick me out

We shall overcome.

It’s all left still to play

We could have had the sun

Could have been inside,

Instead we’re over here.

Half the time the world is ending

Truth is I am done pretending

Too much time, too long defending

You and I are done pretending.

I never thought that I

Had any more to give.

You’re pushing me so far.

Here I am without you

Drink to all that we have lost

Mistakes we have made.

Everything will change,

Everything will change.

I, oh, I

I wish this could last forever.

I, oh I,

As if this could last forever.

Love remains the same Love remains the same.

Written by Gavin Rossdale and Martin H. Frederiksen. © MAD DOG WINSTON MUSIC, LTD.

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