Simple Kind of Life (4:15)

Cover of The Singles 1992-2003

From The Singles 1992-2003 and 18 other releases

“Simple Kind of Life” is a pop rock ballad written by Gwen Stefani for No Doubt’s fourth album Return of Saturn. The song contrasts Stefani’s desire to settle down and start a family with her commitment to the band. It received positive reviews from music critics, who noted the song’s somber melody and raw lyrics.

“Simple Kind of Life” was released as the album’s third single in June 2000. It became the most successful American single from Return of Saturn, but had little international success. The accompanying music video illustrates the song’s themes of marriage and family.

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For a long time I was in love
Not only in love, I was obsessed
With a friendship that no one else could touch
It didn't work out, I'm covered in shells

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  • icaromfs

    I think this might be my favorite ND song. [2]

    12 Aug 5:48pm Reply
  • Cure1980

    Music for the ears.after al that years

    5 Jun 12:26am Reply
  • evilslutvampire

    this song makes me hurt because I can relate to all of it. (2)

    17 Mar 5:45pm Reply
  • loadminik88

    can't describe. this song will always be one of my faves

    14 Feb 7:24pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song <3

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • OGTL

    it feels airy and stained with some unexplainable emotion, reminds me of being on amphetamines

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • fantasyofroses

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • vferre2008

    This song makes me feel weird.. it brings me extreme happiness and extreme sadness at the same time... kinda makes me feel nostalgic for something that never really happened to me.

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Scentless3

    How the hell is Ke$ha on similar artists?!?!

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • victorvlf

    This song makes me so sad. Probably one of my favorite lyrics ever.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CubiqueZirqoni

    this song makes me hurt because I can relate to all of it.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • No1SuperBrianMo

    I think this might be my favorite ND song.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • marshalldante

    "sometimes i wish for a mistake ... you seem like you'd be a good dad" ~ i absolutely hate these lyrics! <- lmao really? thats probably the most powerful part of the song [10]

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    So desperate and tragic. I love it. [2]

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • multimoulinette

    How'd I get so faithful to my freedom? A selfish kind of life

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • hobiecat717

    man i miss this song!

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • alxgaby

    Sometimes I wish for a mistake --- classic

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • 5TG

    Gwen writes some really beautiful, angsty ballads. This and Suspension Without Suspense are perfection. I wish she'd try her hand at it again.

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jaquefilth

    All I need was a simple man,so I could be a wife...

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • jordansuxx

    One of their best!

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
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