"Cold Contagious" as written by and Gavin Rossdale....
Wherever you are
You will carry always
Truth of the scars
And the darkness of your faith

Slowly move on
How did we get to here
It all went wrong
Gravity claiming all your tears
Everything looks so much better now
Looks so much better now

You will get yours
You will get yours
You will get yours

You have no right
To ask me now
You were never that around
And I have missed

Reality day-trips
And your suit me suit me ways
Turn out the light switch
We've been awake for days
And no-one's coming round here no more
No-one's coming round here

You will get yours
You will get yours
You will get yours
You will get yours
You will get yours
You have no right

You have no right
To calm me down
You were never that around
I have missed
I have missed
Cold contagious
All the mighty mighty men
What you save is
What you lose out in the end
Cold contagious
Cold contagious

Paint your perfect day
I don't mind this
I'm better off by the way
Deeply grounded

You will get yours
You will get yours
You will get yours
You will get yours
You will get yours
You will get yours

Cold contagious
All the mighty mighty men
What you save is
What you lose out in the end
Cold contagious
Cold contagious


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"Cold Contagious" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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  • +2
    General CommentFor some reason, every time I think of this song I imagine it being about a parent treating a child wrong and coming back to fix things but the child is still bitter and hurt by everything that happened in the past and can't find anything in them to forgive and doesn't see the person really changed at all. Even if the person isn't even trying to fix anything, that person in pain still feels hurt and this is their way of letting that frustration out.
    Greg_on December 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is quite possibly my favorite song of all time, although the nostalgia this song carries with me may influence that. i bought razorblad suitcase when i was 12-13(i'm nineteen now), and that was when i really first starting getting into music. every time i got depressed (very often) i would put this song in, and when i haven't listened to it in a while, and turn it on, this overwhelming wave of nostalgia and memories floods me. this song has a special place inside of me, a place no other song can ever have ...
    NightNeverSleepson October 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmy interpretation (not necassarily what gavin may have been trying to express, but rather the connection i have with the lyrics): i will split the song up into 2 sections

    (first half of song)

    "Wherever you are, you will carry always
    Truth of the scars and darkness of your faith"

    *this has always reminded me of depression. the "truth" may take the form of a scar. like looking in a mirror, the honesty you collect from yourself causing pain and suffering that you can never shed.

    "Slowly move on, how did we get to here
    It all went wrong, gravity claiming all your tears
    Everything looks so much better now, so much better now "

    *possibly in a relationship, when love goes wrong you find yourself backtracking through the relationship trying to figure out what you did wrong, and why you always had a unbelievable talent at making her cry. the last line "everything's is so much better now" is like a lie that you tell yourself. you rationalize it and conclude that you'd be better off without her, but inside you know it's nothing more than a lie. when gavin sings this you can hear the pain in his voice, somehow implying that everything isn't in fact "all better now"

    (chorus)"You will get yours, you will get yours, you will get yours .You have no right to ask me now, you were never that around. I have missed "

    *he feels abandoned by this person (possibly a girl from a relationship), and resents her for it. she comes back and tries to show him kindness, possibly to try and be his friend, but instead of accepting this he tries to mentally push her away, and can only comfort himself either by either by hoping that one day she'll get hurt just as bad by someone (you will get yours), or he may be saying that after he shows her how much her abandonment has caused him to hate her, she'll hurt as well (you will get yours)



    NightNeverSleepson October 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitley my favorite Bush song. I love the lines
    "Paint your perfect day, I don't mind this
    I'm better off by the way, deeply grounded"
    No offense schliffen, but if you really dont think gavin Rosdale has meaningful lyrics then do a little re-evaluating. He has some of the best lyrics out there, filled with emotion and real meaning. This is definitley my favorite song, and there are so many lyrics that hit me really deep. I will let NightNeverSleeps translate it, nice job on that.
    JackSmirkingRevengeon March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYep. Seems he is talking with himself, all the song. The depressed guy is talking to his conscience, seeing himself in the mirror. Possibly this is an autobiographic song. I once heard that Gavin was deeply in drugs during a phase of his career.
    Schumieon August 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentITs my faverote song in the entire world and frankly i couldn't tell you a damn thing about it. Probably about a friendship in where they grew apart and ended up disliking each other. Mabye he had a cold , i dunno
    Dr Fishopolison March 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentconfuses the hell out of me too.

    "cold contagious" - we all start thinking of the slang word for "cold" i.e. a virus infecting our bodies. i think he means the actual coldness ("darkness of your faith", "reality daytrips" - hyperventilating i.e dieing)

    "you will get yours" - since feeling cold is a sense, all the "mighty mighty men" don't seem to feel anything... they want to be invincible but its futile coz they will get it in the end

    any other views??
    alien_on June 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think it has something to do with someone being Infectious so he can't stand not being around this person even though they may irritate the crap outta him....i'm propably wrong......
    Kezon June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what it means- but it really reminds me of my dad. He left a couple of years ago, and is trying to get back in my life. I'm better off by the way pretty much sums up are whole relationship
    Candi16182on July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Reality daytrips and your suit me, suit me ways
    Turn out the light switch, we've been awake for days
    And no-one's coming round here no more, no-one's coming round here"

    * the first part of this reminds me of how when you're in a relationship, sometimes the person your with is always needing more and more pieces of you. or maybe you have to continually do things to suit the person your with in order for them to want to be with you. the second part of this paragraph is actually one of my favorite parts of the song "turn out the like switch , we've been awake for days". sometimes when depression really hits you hard (in this case, over a relationship gone bad) you always feel so tired all the time. no matter how much sleep you get, you always feel like you've been awake for days. it's like your mind is in so much pain and struggle that it continually tries to convince you to go back to sleep so it can rest. finally, the last part is just another impication of feeling abandoned by everyone, or more particularly, one certain person.

    "Cold contagious, all the might mighty men
    What you save is what you lose out in the end
    Cold contagious, cold contagious"

    *i think this is where i get the real meaning of the song. what it makes me think about is how when you're depressed, you eventually start to spread that darkness to the people you love ... the people who are around you most often. as if "depression (cold) is contagious". he realizes that the reason this girl couldn't stay with him is because his constant depression was making her become depressed as well. i see the "what you save is what you lose out in the end" line as a direct statement of his negativity. kind of like saying "why should we try to live life and strive to be happy or succesfully , when ultimately, in the end we all die"

    "Paint your perfect day, I don't mind this
    I'm better off by the way, deeply grounded"

    * what a perfect ending to this song. a very sad and hopeless ending, but probably my favorite two lines. he realizes that the girl will be so much happier without him, but he still resents her for it. gavin says something that is so simple is such a beautiful and poetic way. alot of times people who are depressed fall in love with it, and will give up people that they love before they will change. so in the end i think he's saying "go on and have your perfect, happy life without me, because i can only be myself if i'm depressed"


    thanks to anyone who took the time to read this. hopefully i'll read a few more interpretations for this song.
    NightNeverSleepson October 17, 2002   Link

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