"40 Miles From The Sun" as written by and Rossdale....
There is nowhere left to hide
There is nothing to be done
No people to be saved
No pets we've never names
40 miles from the sun

As darkness craves the mind
We come undone without our pride
No time on the earth to come
All the pleasures just begun
40 miles from the sun

In our coats beneath the layers
Wash my skin of all the hate
We should sleep late
Everything just kind of grates
40 miles from the sun
40 miles from the sun
40 miles from the sun

I need to lose to make it right
I'll confront the stars tonight
I will babble I will bite
You will never know how much you shine

40 miles from the sun
40 miles from the sun
40 miles from the sun


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"40 Miles from the Sun" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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    General Commentthis song is simply about happiness before an apocalypse.
    its one of the most chill songs out there.
    mhmmalrighton October 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is saying that just as soonas you are too old, worn out, tired or crippled to do something, you just find out that you can. The "40 miles from the sun" prolly means that you are about to die, cause 40 miles is damn close
    whataweirdoon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti have no idea what the true meaning behind this song is, but i think that is what makes it such a great song. You can interupt it any way you please. awesome bush song, and amazing live.
    ashley007on May 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so serene. It provokes a mellow emotion and all you want to do is just lay there and listen. I think that gavins saying that hes stuck in a situation that he cant get out of (the whole first stanza). He knows what hes has to do but its hard (I need to lose to make it right). We've all been there before. Asking god or whoever for advice(ill confront the stars...) and saying things we dont always mean that could hurt (i will babble i will bite) Its a good song. Mellow.
    Dr Fishopolison June 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is like when you're standing on a big open field gazing into the distance, or just standing, thinking about life.
    Karlon June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutely beautiful song
    calgone77on November 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song!
    I'm guessing it's about there's nothing left in this man's life to believe in. He is now a hollow man and has no feelings towards anything anymore. He's lost his faith. The first and second verse further support my idea on the song. "There is nothing to be done, No people to be saved." and other stuff I don't feel like typing. Very depressing in a sence, but still a very laid back song. Also, very good.
    EvolGREon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAt one time or another this was my favorite Bush song and Bush was my favorite band. I always thought it was an end of the world type song but now I see how he does say all the pleasures just begun. A just always figured that was sarcastic.
    spidermilk666on March 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI like to imagine he's singing about a nuclear bomb.. I dunno what the real meaning is though...
    "There is nowhere left to hide There is nothing to be done No people to be saved, ect.."

    "In our coats(hazmat suit) beneath the layers Wash my skin of all the hate(radiation/fallout)"

    You can hear it in the music too.. about 27 or 28 seconds into the song where everything goes quiet would be when the bomb touches down and fire starts rushing toward you.
    brena-chanon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe rest of the album this song was on (The Science Of Things) had a very technological/scientific theme. "Jesus Online", "Letting The Cables Sleep", "The Chemicals Between Us" - so I think this song might be about something similar.

    I think it's about the aftermath of a nuclear war. A man inhabiting a fallout shelter, forty miles from the site of a nuclear blast. Tonally, it's very bleak and minimalistic - suggests a feeling of desolation, following the destruction of most of the world.

    Lyrically - the song suggests the loss of hope and optimism. "No people to be saved" - nearly everyone perished in the nuclear apocalypse. As someone earlier suggested, "The pleasure's just begun" sounds sarcastic - there is no pleasure in the survivor's life.

    Again, someone already mentioned the correlation between "In our coats between the layers" and anti-radiation suits. "Wash my skin of all the hate" could correspond to radioactive fallout.

    A nuclear war could possibly cause the eventual extinction of mankind. Earlier reviewers interpreted this song as being about facing death - nuclear apocalypse would result in not only our own personal deaths, but the death of the entire human race. Correlation?
    zerocharismaon November 03, 2006   Link

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