Everywhere

Album: The Spirit Room (2001)
Charted: 18 12
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Songfacts®:

  • "Everywhere" was Michelle Branch's first single; she wrote the song in her Sedona, Arizona, bedroom when she was about 15 years old, not long after getting a guitar for her 14th birthday.

    In the song, her special someone is with her (metaphorically) everywhere, so even when they're apart, she can feel his presence. It's almost like he's a ghost, as Branch sings about "the part of you that's drifting over me." She's been asked about the deeper meaning in the song but insists it has none, saying the lyric is simply "teenage rhyme." She elaborated in a 2021 Songfacts interview, saying: "It's that feeling when you can't stop thinking about somebody. They literally permeate your thoughts and drift into everything that you're thinking about, or every little thing reminds you of that person.

    Still to this day, people ask what it's about and try to find a deeper meaning than a high school crush, and I'm flattered that so many people have different applications for it."
  • This is Branch's most popular song, but it took her a while to warm up to it. For years, she slagged it off, saying in a 2005 interview that she "despised" the song. "I was really young when I wrote it," she said. "For a lot of people that's their first impression of me, so I'm kind of stuck in this song that I wrote that doesn't really mean anything to me and I'm kind of embarrassed about. It just doesn't mean that much to me."
  • In its original form this song was much more subdued and Branch's label, Maverick Records, had no intention of funding the recording. But when Michelle played it for John Shanks, the producer Maverick paired her with, he heard potential in the song and had her record it anyway, tweaking the melody and giving it a huge chorus. When the label heard this new version, they were thrilled and made it the first single. Shanks, who had previously worked with Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Raitt, earned a writing credit for his contribution.
  • "Everywhere" is a great example of Branch's unique vocal styling where she stretches out the last word of each line:

    You're everywhere to me-eee
    And when I close my eyes it's you I see-eee
  • Branch was 18 when "Everywhere" was released. She made an album herself the previous year that she sold at shows, but had just a small following. Maverick Records, faced with the challenge of promoting a song by an unknown artist, tried an unconventional marketing strategy. Instead of begging radio stations to play it, they paid AOL - an early online portal - to feature it on their music channel, where it was very well received. This led to play on MTV's Total Request Live and the song took off from there.
  • The engineer on the album is Grotus drummer Lars Fox. His claim to fame is being the DJ in the video for "AM Radio" by Everclear in addition to working on their albums. While he appears to have hair in the video, it is fake - Lars is really bald.

    Another famous connection is the drummer, who has worked with John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, and Ricky Martin. His name is Kenny Aronoff, and he broke his bass drum pedal for the first time ever while recording this song.
  • In the video, Branch portrays what she describes as a "stalker," taking pictures of a guy through his window and posting them on a mood board. Wherever she goes, this dude appears, and at the end of the song he shows up at her apartment. Branch chose the actor because she thought he was hot, but on set was too nervous to talk to him.

    The video was directed by Liz Friedlander, whose credits include "Adam's Song" by blink-182 and "The Great Beyond" by R.E.M. It won the Viewer's Choice award at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • This shows up in the 2001 movie American Pie 2.
  • The religious interpretation of this song - that God is everywhere - got the attention of a Christian TV network, which offered to play the video, but only if Branch shot a promo saying she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her savior. She told Songfacts the story:

    "I was like, 'Hmm. No. I'm not going to do that. Sorry.' They were pretty nasty about it. The woman was like, 'OK, well when your career is failing, don't come to us to play it because we're the only people who will play.' And I was like, 'Wow, that's really Christian of you.'

    But anyway, it cracks me up when people ask if it's about God, because I always think of that instance with it almost being a Christian radio hit."

Comments: 20

  • Damaris from Johannesburg, South Africa This song is about an imaginery friend and sounds very Gospel like... God is everywhere yet we cannot see him but we definitely feel him there. Best song from her for me. I love it
  • Fursuiter Chloe from Belvidere, IlI bet this song is about a person with an imaginary friend they can’t forget about
  • Myla from San Diego, CaMichelle Branch needs to get back to rock music. I understand she had to foray to country because maybe that was her roots, but we need more kick ass songs these days!
  • Greg House from Princeton, NjCatchy tune. This would fit in on the episode of House where Cut-throat bitch (Amber) is killed in a bus crash and the good doctor keeps hallucinating that she is EVERYWHERE he goes.
  • Russell from New York, Nycall me crazy, this songs probably about jesus.
    lmao and im a jew deciphering that.
  • Jeff from Austin, TxIm a bit ashamed to admit it but this song is catchy as hell. I just lost some rocker points.
  • Morgan from Gratnsville, Utthi song is way cool i like most of michelle branch's songs
  • Yvette from Tampa, FlI agree with sasha. Well, I love this song!
  • Anna from Walla Walla, WaI'm guessing this song is about a girl who is OBSESSED with her boyfriend. And she can't get over him!
  • Sasha from Dfgdfg, Englandmiatelia, I believe you've got it wrong. Everywhere is about a girl who is in love with someone who isnt real. Like an imaginary friend.
  • Cara from PerthYellowcard have done a cover of this, which I really like. It's great to hear a pop song (seriously Zach, this is not rock) played by a punk band.
  • Miatelia from New York, Nyits not about being obsessed
    it's about liking someone that you think doesn't like you back and that you think of them and that everything reminds you of them. its really sweet
  • Sarah Floyd from Bloomingdale, Ilwhen i first heard this song. i wondered what she was talking about and i still dont get what this song is about. well i like this song. and i wish i had this cd so i can listen to this song everyday.
  • Shannon from Garland, Txeh i like this song!
  • Casie from Denver, CoI love this song. Call me crazy but when I watched American Pie 2,well I recorded it cause of this song. Ok ok!!! I do watch american pie,lolz but yea,its a great song!!! MICHELLE BRANCH KICKS ASS! Well I gotta disagree with Zach,I really lisen to rock alot but this isnt like complete rock,its more pop,its not even rock but whatever,i love it anywayz,shes original,she doesnt care in labeling if its pop rock or whatever.
  • Francy from Turin, ItalyI think that this song is very brilliant! If someone wants to talk with an Italian person he can do it! bye bye
  • Cindy from Sydney, United StatesI think this song is a good one.
    Some good stuff.
    I like it and have listened to it a number of times.
  • Sara from Anoka, Mnexactly JuLyNeTtE. its about being obsessed with someone and everytime you take a break from "the real world" ur mind goes to that person.
  • Julynette from Manila, OtherThis song really rockzz my nerves!It's more of being desperately obssesed with somebody that you think he really is everywhere you go.I like the way Michelle Branch sang this but let me admit the first time I watch and heard it "I ENDED UP SWITCHING THE CHANNEL"But as of today,it's been my favorite and i really love Michelle Branch.THE BEST!!!!
  • Zach from Horn Lake, MsThis is my favorite Michelle Branch song. The layout and quality of the song are almost perfect. Possibly one of the best rock songs of 2001.
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