The Mirror Of The Signs
by Bush

Album: The Sea of Memories (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This adrenaline-fueled rocker was inspired by the death of two close friends of Gavin Rossdale and his then-wife, Gwen Stefani. The Bush frontman told Spin magazine about the song: "It's about when you look back on your life and eulogize or get nostalgic about where you've been. I lost a couple close friends this last year, one who committed suicide and one who overdosed. It's rough when you lose people unexpectedly. It makes me wistful for more carefree days. This song is about looking back and seeing yourself in the mirror. You catch these moments when you think about what went down or what happened. I would've liked to have more time with those two people. My friend Sean committed suicide while I was on the road. That was really bad. He was a close friend and a great inspiration, but I couldn't make it back for the funeral. So I wrote something and Gwen read it. She stopped because it was too painful. That shaped the album a lot. Life is so precious but it's easy to be a little bombastic and not appreciate it."
  • The song was meant to deal with the way that we sometimes view the past through rose-colored lenses.

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