No Doubt Song Meanings and Interpretations
There's no new person that comes and takes her place. It's really herself. There's a growing or a simple change or shift in the personality and one day she wakes up and realizes that she's not the same person anymore. She's changed and now is someone with more attitude.
"Rock Steady" refers to the steadiness in love. After the "passion" time has passed, then there's this calm side and many couples are afraid about that time and going against it. Like, can we actually survive the first years as a couple? and that's when the actual love is tested, that's why it says "a real love survives."
I love this song because it talks about the difficulty to be yourself. It's a known fact that a person isn't the same with everyone. You adapt to everyone. You are not the same with your family, than with your friends than with your lover. They are different faces. And what if you felt that none of them is the real one? The magic's in the makeup talks about that, about all this masks we put on and once they are gone or once the makeup is removed, are you going to like what you see?
Long distance relationships are never easy. There's this thing of seeing other couples together, it doesn't even matter if they have the best relationship ever, but they are both THERE and they are TOGETHER and suddenly it's all that you want for yourself. To be able to see the other person and at least hold hands, anything at all. But there are miles that separate you and suddenly things don't seem real anymore. Are you in a relationship when you can't go out with that person? can you stop being interested in others and tell them "Sorry, I am with someone" when you hardly see that person? it's difficult and this song pretty much does a good job at explaining it.