"Little Things" as written by and Gavin Rossdale....
I bleach the sky
Every night
Loaded on wrong
And further from right
Spinning around
Two howling moons
'Cause they're always there
Whatever I do

The river is loaded
I've been there today
Took it some questions
She does me again
I'd die in your arms
If you were dead too
Here comes a lie
We will always be true

Going up when coming down
Scratch away, away, away, away
It's the little things that kill
Tearing at my brains again
Oh the little things that kill
That little thing that kill

The bigger you give bigger you get
We're boss at denial
But best at forget
Cupboard is empty we really need food
Summer is winter and you always knew

Going up when coming down
Scratch away
It's the little things that kill
Tearing at my brains again
Oh the little things that kill
Tearing at my brains again
Oh little little little

Little little little
Little little little

I touch your mouth my will is food
Addicted to love I'm addicted to bull-shit
I kill you once I kill you again
We're starving and crude
Welcome my friends to

To the little things that kill
Tearing at my brains again
Oh the little things that kill
Tearing at my brains again
Oh that little little little

Little little little
Here it comes that little things
Here it comes that little ah ah ah ah little, little


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"Littlethings" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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  • +4
    Song MeaningFunny thing here, a paradox actually. I am a heroin addict and it would take a heroin addict to describe this. But, I'm recovering (probably relapse 4 more times statistically...) and am sober for today. Here is what it means, line by line;

    I bleach the sky every night - this is a reference about bleaching needles to avoid bacterial contamination.

    Loaded on wrong and further from right - Obvious statement that this song isn't about anything but drugs to me. you interpret it

    two howling moons - possibly a reference to the fact that day and night are the same, always dark places when you are addicted

    The river is loaded I've been there today - this is a reference to one of two things, 1 the river being veins are now loaded (I'm loaded yo) 2 the fact that open air drug markets are almost always near a river (founding point of a town usually) which is also most cities down towns. i.e. Denver, Seattle, etc.. (Yes, us heroin addicts know where to score almost anywhere :)

    took in some questions she does me again - Asked myself the same damn questions I ask everytime before I shoot up, "why am I doing this? When will I stop
    ?". She (her, heroin, female hero) does me again. Even after the questions and the mental know not to, the drug makes you do it.

    I would die in your arms if you were dead too- If you died, I would die with you. In your arms. Being useless and metabolized. This one is pretty straight forward

    Here comes a lie, we will always be true - This is about lying to your friends why you don't want to hang out with them and what for. Lying to people about being an addict, lying to dealers and family. Doesn't feel like it, but you slowly start lying till your whole life is a lie

    Going up and coming down, scratch away way way - this is about getting high and chasing it. Scratch away is a major reference to the histamine release the opiates cause, known as the "opiate itch"

    Little things that kill - Either a reference to the fact that little things (heroin) can kill. Or a reference to getting irritated and snappy at people for little things (this usually only happens to people who have more money and can stay high.

    The bigger you give, the bigger you get - Reference to buying the drug. The more you give the more you get

    We're boss at denial, but best at forget - Good at denying our addictions and realities, but better at forgetting about them

    The cupboard is empty we really need food - this is little things about life slipping away. Forgetting to eat (caused by the nausea and constipation of opiates. this is one of two possible reference to meth. This song is undoubtedly about heroin to me, but lyrics are for you to understand.

    Summer is winter and you always knew - The fact that you become numb to cold and hot. Opiates stop sweating as much and also block the feeling of cold. You always knew is a reference to the person to introduced it? Summer and winter are stored in memory for addicts the same... It's weird but true


    My willy is food? Thats not right. ***My will is food*** - look it up on other sites if you don't believe. This is another reference to how the drug takes precidence over food. It's will overcomes food, sex, water, friendship...

    I kill you once, I kill you again - either a reference to relapsing over and over, most addicts take 9 times to stop. Or to the ODing caused by heroin that most people don't die from. I prefer the latter

    I'm addicted to love, im addicted to bullshit - The delusion that you loved the heroin in the beginning, and now hate it. It's bullshit because you do love it and hate it. It's a bullshit relationship

    We are starving and crude, welcome my friend to the little things that kill - a reference to how addicts become.
    codmouseon April 07, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAm I the only one who notices the Smells Like Teen Spirit connection here?? first off, the drumming is EXACTLY the same and gavin even said that Smells Like Teen Spirit was the blueprint for this song. now that I look at the lyrics I can see that they used several same words too. too bad that Nirvana did it better.

    This is an ok song, though. i like the lyrics.
    Black_Stripe_Redon July 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBEST BUSH SONG EVER! man i love this song its easily there best, its hard and has awesome guitar and drums to it and the lyrics are cool, everything about it is amazing!
    l__l
    l l ll l
    sic n twistedon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAm I the only one who thinks this song is about meth addictions and such? I mean, I know Gavin Rossdale was seriously addicted to 2 hard drugs that he won't mention to avoid glamourizing them. However, I think this song really touches base with meth abuse and such...
    EuphoriaStarduston July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOH MAN. I love this song so much. I think that it's about a life where everything is crazy...the lyrics here aren't too correct either.
    FireFliesAroundMeon December 04, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobviously its about death, but i think that fireflies is right too, it just about some fucked up shit. haha
    ashley007on April 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song takes me right back to 7th grade when things were simple. I think this song is definitely about insanity, probably how little things can add up and lead to insanity.
    aj2828ajon April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBEST BUSH SONG EVER! man i love this song its easily there best, its hard and has awesome guitar and drums to it and the lyrics are cool, everything about it is amazing!
    _ _
    l l l l
    l l__l l
    ll_ ll_ ll
    l l
    l l
    l l
    sic n twistedon May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok that thing up there didnt work right so dont try to fiqure it out
    sic n twistedon May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits always those damn little things. . . .
    ashley007on August 07, 2002   Link

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