Sugarland’s “Still The Same” is A Look Back at the Past While Very Much Being in the Present, Discussing the Future

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Sugarland took a break in 2012 for the duo to work on individual projects, but the pair’s first single in years, “Still The Same” is a look back at what’s happened and a look ahead at the things to come. It sounds like Sugarland of the past got together with U2.

The opening lyrics are an inside look at what could’ve easily been a conversation between Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.

Where do we start?
How about right here where we are?
You’ve been carrying this weight around,
Walk in the door and lay it down.
Life goes fast,
It’s been a while, I have to ask–
Where have you been? How did that feel? Where are we now? Because that’s what real.

I feel alive,
can we try leave it better than how it came
don’t be afraid to change
our love is still the same still the same still the same
and here we are
we’ve come so far lets leave it better than how it came
don’t be afraid to change
Our love is still the same, still the same


Nettles takes the lead vocals on the tune, which was written by Nettles and Bush.

The second verse takes a swing at questions fans want to ask:

What comes next?
I don’t know, we’re not there yet.
But, I bet it’s going to shine brighter than all we left behind.
In the room… like we never went a day without it.
Pick it back up, where we left off, this is lift off.

Overall, the track sounds like Sugarland, but like they’re headed somewhere new and different, while trying to build on their past accomplishments and song catalog.

In a release, Nettles said, “we are thrilled for fans to hear our new music, especially this new single. The title of the song is so meaningful to us as we want fans to know, we are still the same, we are still the same Sugarland they’ve known and loved.”

Bush added, “We want to finish where we left off. We always knew were going to make music again, so this has been the best of both worlds. We were able to take time to feed our personal passions, and we’re excited to come back together to create music as a band again.”

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