Toward an Understanding of Bush’s ‘Glycerine’

Over here at The Observer, we were pretty excited about the news that Bush would be playing Bowery Ballroom on July 28 because yes, we are that desperate for a nostalgia fix. Though we don’t have the highest of hopes for their new album, Sea of Memories (speaking of nostalgia…), which will be released in September, we’re sure all you Bush fans out there have really been pining for a reunion since those dark days of 2002 when the band split up. As for the rest of us, you remember Bush, don’t you? They sang that song “Glycerine,” from their six times-platinum debut Sixteen Stone, a song we still don’t understand. And not in some grand philosophical “this is so deep I just can’t grasp it” kind of way, but literally we don’t know what Gavin Rossdale is saying. The song’s meaning has eluded The Observer since we first heard it on alternative radio while our father drove us to elementary school.

Phonetically, “Glycerine” sounds like this:

Coulda been easier on you
I couldn’t change though I wanted to

Ok. So far so good.

Shoulda been easiahdah three
I woffon feer wern you and me

Hm? What was that about you and me?


Oh. Glycerine. Wait. The Observer doesn’t understand.


Right. The Observer heard you, Mr. Rossdale. But what does that mean? Are you referring to Glycerol, the colorless, odorless compound found in many pharmaceutical drugs?


Stop yelling!


What was that?


Sigh. Alright, Bush. We give in. It is kind of catchy. Five million Bush fans can’t be wrong or whatever. Just don’t expect us to sing along at your concert.

Here’s the song. Please share your interpretations: