Gold Rush

Album: A Thousand Miles Left Behind (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • Gloriana's Tom Gossin penned this song along with the trio's producer Matt Serletic (who has also worked with Matchbox Twenty), and with the Nashville songwriter Tommy Lee James. The song was inspired by the band's early days when they first met with Serletic before he signed them to his Emblem Music Group. Gossin explained to Billboard magazine: "Back when Gloriana started, Matt Serletic called us after hearing our demo and asked us to fly to L.A. to meet with him. I started to think about how some people are always trying to track down fame in Hollywood. I thought about how the last time people were in such a hurry to get to California was during the Gold Rush in the 1800s. You could go out there, strike gold, and get rich overnight. In the song I'm drawing a parallel between the two. Back then, it was about physical gold, whereas the gold of today is the allure of fame. It plays into a recurring theme on the record: All the things you had back home will always be more important than the illusion of fame."

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