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Push

by

Matchbox Twenty



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At least one feminist group tried to ban this song, believing that it encouraged violence toward woman. The ploy failed when the band explained that it was about emotional, rather than physical confrontation, and dealt with female on male mental harm, not the other way around. Lead singer Rob Thomas has said that this is evident to anyone who listens to the lyrics and not just the chorus. (thanks, Liam - London, England)
Thomas wrote this about a high school girlfriend who vengefully broke up with him by giving his clothes to charity. Thomas didn't have money to buy new clothes, so local bands helped him out by giving him T-shirts and other items. Over the next few months, he wore a lot of band T-shirts.
This was their first hit, but not their first single. They first released "Long Day," which got some airplay and helped open the door for "Push."
The album was out for a year before this was released as a single. Yourself Or Someone Like You got noticed gradually and stayed on the charts for about 2 years while the band released more singles from it like "3 AM" and "Real World." It also got a boost in 1999 when Rob Thomas wrote and sang on Santana's hit "Smooth." By 2000, the album had sold over 10 million copies, giving it the rare designation of "Diamond Album."
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Comments (16):

I LOVE THIS SONG... it reminds of all the bad relationships I have been through.. this song makes me cry every time I hear it. ~pandora~
- Pandora, San Francisco, CA
The first time I heard this song, I agreed. I am a girl, I knew he was speaking emotionally because that's exactly what a relationship is like. I never felt any offense against this, besides it never specifies which person in the relationship feels this way. he could be repeating what she has said...
- Ariel, sacramento, CA
The first time i heard this song i was offended by it.
- danleichty, rochester, MN
the sataan comment is not true based on the artist interview, but it is relevant. meaning is the mind of the interpreter, and therfore anything has some validity. it makes sense, the satan logic, but that's not what the song was written about. doesn't necessarily mean that's not one of many meanings to the song.
- robert, los angeles, CA
favorite song. its about reaching the point wher you realize your whole life or relationship has been filled with lies and people who dont truly care about you and its about saying that you want to take them for granted how they did to you but honestly knowing you could never be like the people who hurt you. i love this song so much. its helped me through so many things in my life.
- lolo brown, gertrude, Bahamas
In a radio interview on KS95, Rob said it was written about an awful girlfriend that pushed him around, and he just switched pronouns, because, "Nobody cares about me being pushed, they want me to push somebody."
- Isabella, Minneapolis, MN
this song is in the girl's perspective.
- megan, alanta, GA
My favorite Rob Thomas comment on this song was on VHI Storytellers. He said "look at us, does it look like we could push anyone around"
- John, San Antonio, TX
I heard that this song was about the relationship between a girl and Satan and how he doesn't want the best for us and that he wants to 'take us for granted' and 'push' us around. Is this true or even relevant??
- h, Albuquerque, NM
Gee...this song sounds like a conversation between two people...
- Jan, Quezon city, Other
This song means a lot to me. When me and my ex broke up I listened to this to get through that and now everyone knows when I am really mad because I play Push as loud as I can!!!
- amanda, Metropolis, IL
This song is really very sad... a great song all around, by an amazing group of artists. I agree that the music video is pretty sweet.
- Andrea Ruhlman, Charlevoix, MI
nice song...i feel the anger of the song expresesed well by rob's vocals...my band also has a rendition of this song
- noli, manila, Other
quality song - Rob Thomas has a great rock voice
- hugely underestimated band. For anyone interested they have a great cover version of 'Time after time' - i dont think its on the albums but you should beable to find it on Kazaa
- adrian, merthyr tydfil, AL
Marilyn Manson told the band that he really enjoyed the video for this song, in which Rob cut his arm on the barbed wire during shooting
- Caitlyn, Midland, MI
this is my fav song i love it
- shelby, na, SC
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