Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)

Album: Port Saint Joe (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • Here, TJ Osborne sings about a couple with a never-ending love for each other.

    We'll go on till we're pushing up daisies
    Grow old and wise and I'll still be calling you baby
    We'll never get enough, we'll be living it up right down till the day we die
    Oh we ain't getting out of this love alive


    Osborne declares his commitment to his significant other, declaring he will love her until she is "pushing up daisies."
  • Guitarist John Osborne admitted to The Boot that he initially assumed the lyrics would go in a much darker direction. "We wrote the song with Kendall Marvel, and he came to us with the idea of a song called 'We Ain't Getting Out of This Love Alive,'" he recalled.

    Osborne assumed Marvel was talking about a troubled relationship in which both parties were ready to kill each other.

    "[Marvel] goes, 'No, that's not it at all, it's that the relationship is so amazing that the only thing that can separate you is death," Osborne added laughing.
  • The expression "pushing up the daisies" means to be dead and buried. The idea is that the dead body fertilizes the soil, so stimulating the growth of the daisies in a churchyard. The phrase was first recorded in a World War I poem by Wilfred Owen.
  • John Osborne is married to English singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas. Asked in a Reddit AMA about Lucie's reaction when she first heard this song, Osborne replied: "This would sound great on the radio, specifically in the Southwest."
  • John Osborne told The Boot this is one of his favorite tracks on Port Saint Joe.

    "I just love the way that song sounds," he explained. "It reminds me of my wife, and how much you have to love somebody in order to be with them for the rest of your life. But it was a cool, different way of saying that. Lyrically, it's one of my favorite songs that we wrote for the record, and sonically, it goes to a place that is really cool and unexpected."
  • John Osborne said regarding his guitar solo: "We had so much fun writing that song, and we took it to a place in the guitar solo that drifts away from the normal chord changes and the normal sounds; we went slightly Allman Brothers with it. We wanted to take it to a new place, instead of just playing the same chords as you would in the chorus over the guitar solo."

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