"Glycerine" as written by and Gavin Rossdale....
Must be your skin that I'm sinking in
Must be for real 'cause now I can feel
And I didn't mind
It's not my kind
It's not my time to wonder why
Everything's gone white
And everything's grey
Now you're here now you're away
I don't want this
Remember that
I'll never forget where you're at

Don't let the days go by

I'm never alone
I'm alone all the time
Are you at one
Or do you lie
We live in a wheel
Where everyone steals
But when we rise it's like strawberry fields
If I treated you bad
You bruise my face
Couldn't love you more
You got a beautiful taste

Don't let the days go by
Could have been easier on you
I couldn't change though I wanted to
Should I have been easier by three
Our old friend fear and you and me

Don't let the days go by
Don't let the days go by
Glycerin, glycerin
Glycerin, glycerin

Bad moon white again
Bad moon white again
And she falls around me
I needed you more
You wanted us less
I could not kiss just regress
It might just be
Clear simple and plain
That's just fine
That's just one of my names
Don't let the days go by
Could've been easier on you, you, you

Lyrics submitted by spitfirek7, edited by bobudo, antiaverage, Alek Bunny

"Glycerine" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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  • +13
    General Commentit doesn't say nitroglycerine, it says glycerine. it's not about being explosive, it's about the clear, odorless, tasteless substance. basically, "dont' let the days go by" like glycerine, nearly featureless, cold, and unresponsive
    antiaverageon June 04, 2002   Link
  • +12
    My Opinion>,< how many people fail to realize that glycerine is a preservative, much like petroleum jelly, that is often used for both medicines and keeping food fresh (also sweetens foods) not only that, glycerine is most commonly used for medicines that treat burns.
    Aarowaimon January 18, 2012   Link
  • +8
    General CommentI believe the song is about the up and downs of a fading relationship. The song is sung with a lot of emotion. She's leaving him and he doesn't want her to. As its sung "Dont let the days go by," because the more they do the more the relationship will part. My favorite line of the song is "I'm never alone, I'm alone all the time." Also he sings that they live in a wheel, meaning that there relationship goes around in circles over and over again, but when its right they rise like strawberry fields, meaning its a beautiful colorful thing. And if the days go by then they might become like glycerine; Fall apart and combust.
    Mercuryon April 30, 2003   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis song reminds me of the book "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton. The main character, Newland Archer, is married to someone he doesn't love but married because it was what was socially right. He's in love with another woman, Countess Olenska, who left her husband but is still married to him. He has an affair of sorts with her. They admit they love each other, but then decide they can't be together, and a long time goes by, and Newland goes to her again, and they basically decide that they have to be together and yet not together. Later, she comes back again and she says she'll come to him in two days, but she leaves the country. "Everything's gone white/And everything's grey" is like how everything seems simple when he's with her, but really it's much more complicated than that. "I'm never alone/I'm alone all the time" is basically like how he's always around people, such as his wife, but he's really more alone than he's ever been, as he isn't around anyone he rereally cares about. "Don't let the days go by" is like how they stay apart and just let things sit unresolved, although they long to see each other. "Couldn't change though I wanted to/Our old friend fear and you and me" is like how he wants to break free of social restraints and be with the Countess, but he can't make himself do so because he was afraid. "I needed you more/When we wanted us less" is like when he really needed her to help him change and not be so restrained by society, but he didn't want them to get into anything that would be against social dictations. "I could not kiss just regress" is like how, at the end of the book, he went to her house in Paris, after her wife was dead, but he couldn't go to her and he walked away.

    Well, you probably had to read the book to get what I'm saying about it reminding me of the song.
    SparksAndEmberson December 20, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis is by far, hands down, my favorite song of all time. I did read Gavin say, in an interview, for, I believe YM, that this song was about unrequited love. For me, though, it has far too many meanings to mention. Every memory of yesteryear has this playing in the background. And she falls around me...
    Sirblancoon June 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOk, here's the deal with Glycerine, it's volitale, if you leave it alone nothing happens, but shake it, and it'll blow-up in your face. Now, how does it relate to the song? The repeated theme "Don't let the days go by" and the sense that things were going wrong, but nothing was done about them is symbolic to just letting the glycerine sit, too afraid to shake it. But, things got to a point where the explosion was inevitable, and they were both badly scared when it went off. Now, looking back, he sees that that hurt could have been avoided if only something had been done earlier.
    This is only my view, and I want to read many others.
    nthn2on February 20, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionWondering if anyone else thinks his referral to her as glycerine means she is explosive or volatile?? Or is it the relationship he is defining? This song could be the soundtrack to my 20 year failing marraige. He "couldn't change tho he wanted to" and I "let the days go by" without interaction or contact til the bitterness & resentment ate my heart out
    hippiegirl17on March 11, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgood question! i looked it up once and couldn't find a connect to the song. someone? anyone?
    aniotaon January 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnitroglycerine refers to something that is a very useful chemical product but at the same time very explosive, and gavin relates it to love. even though he may not mean love is useful, he means love is a beautiful thing but it is also very delicate
    pumpkingirlon February 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of the best written songs of all time...i agree with dr jacob it will be forever great...the live version is incredible from woodstock...glycerine
    duke724on April 30, 2002   Link

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