Song Saturday: “Move On”

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Another new feature! Today we’ve started “Song Saturday”, where each week we’ll feature one individual song from No Doubt’s career in-depth with rare facts, demos and different live versions.

First, we’re looking back at No Doubt’s electric “Move On”, which is included on the band’s debut album released back on March 17, 1992. Two early demos surfaced, including a faster demo than the original, both featuring different lyrics than what appear on the studio album in 1992.

“Move On” is the one of the only songs in the band’s catalog that credits all band members for writing (even including Adrian). No Doubt also paid homage to their ska heroes Madness by rehashing “Our House” lyrics including “We, moved on, moved on, moved on / To our house in the middle of the street”.

No Doubt performed this classic song constantly up until the Tragic Kingdom world tour wrapped in mid-1997. Over the years they’ve intertwined the melody with The Specials’ “Ghost Town”, which appeared in the Live in the Tragic Kingdom VHS and DVD.

Check out the two very different demos below as well as some notable performances over the years of “Move On”. Have a favorite song that you would like to see featured next? Let us know!



“Move On” (Early Demos)


“Move On” (Live in Hollywood 1991)


“Move On” (Live in Boston 1995)


“Move On” (Acoustic) (Live in Spokane 1996)


“Move On” (Live in Washington D.C. 1996)


“Move On / Ghost Town” (Live in Anaheim 1997)

Move On

No Doubt (1992)
(E. Stefani, T. Kanal, T. Dumont, G. Stefani, A. Young)

Some chickens crossed the road, straying far from the hen
Five reached the side one step below Zen
One was a female, four were mad-men

Who moved on, moved on moved on
Joined hands and moved on

Standing in line and falling asleep
Building a fence while we’re counting the sheep
We’d let you help out but our project’s too deep

Move on, move on, move on
Stay awake, just move on

You have to understand that when it comes to making music
We meshed the styles of five alive and intertwined and fused it
Life comes from life and through our strife we strove to make the sound true
Compelled to spell it out (no doubt) in search of what we must do

Our house was too small so we had to move
The neighbors had much doubts so we had to prove
That our soulful dimensions were true to the groove

We, moved on, moved on, moved on
To our house in the middle of the street

Water the music, plant the seeds in the pot
Music’s the life flowing through… is it not?
Don’t forget your roots, but also don’t rot

Move on, move on, move on
Plant the seeds ond move on

You have to understand that when it comes to making music
We meshed the styles of five alive and intertwined and fused it
Life comes from life and through our strife we strove to make the sound true
Compelled to spell it out (no doubt) in search of what we must do

Don’t be afraid, let your feelings show
Wear your heart on your sleeve, and let yourself glow, yeah

Don’t be afraid, let your feelings show
Wear your heart on your sleeve, your heart on your sleeve
And let yourself glow, yeah

Don’t be afraid, let your feelings show
Let yourself glow, yeah
Don’t be afraid
Don’t be afraid

13 Replies to “Song Saturday: “Move On””

  1. wow, thanks for doing all this jenny! i’m loving all the ‘new listen’ material too.
    is there any more footage from that show in boston 95? of all of gwens looks over the years, this has to be my number 1.

    1. It’s truly my pleasure! It really is rekindling my love/fire for this band while discovering all of my old favorites. Plus it’s so much fun!

      As far as the Boston show, that video is actually what inspired Song Saturday! I haven’t found any more but it’s such a rare gem for us to see. I would do anything to be able to see them back in the early club days, especially on that tour. It looks like it was pure magic!

  2. This is a great compilation. Good idea! Besides the talent of course, what is striking to me is No Doubt’s professionalism — real quality effort, from the bookstore to the arena. I’ve watched a lot of video (thanks to you and You Tube) and I’ve never seen them take a song off/give less than 100%. Easier said than done.

    1. Thank you, Don! And I couldn’t agree more! I think “Move On” is such a great example of seeing a particular song and the band’s act evolve over the years. The integrity has always been there and it’s incredible to see the song transformed into such a monster mega-arena track. It truly takes a class act like No Doubt!

  3. It’s such a great live song. I loved when they integrated Ghost Town into it during the TK tour. I have one awesome mp3 of it, but I’m not sure what show it’s from… Maybe Montreal? The LITK is a great recording of it too.

  4. Cool new ideas! I commend you on all this work! I don’t know how you find all the time to do it, it’s like a full-time job!

    1. I will admit (at times), BSO is another full-time job for me. I love it though. <3

      Thank you, I appreciate it!

  5. Looking at the 95 Boston video, it reminds what I loved on Gwen. Thats the Gwen that I will always cherish. Her older more chic self, its not my cup of tea.

  6. I LOVE THIS IDEA TOO! 🙂 I tripped out when I saw this post. You should make a new section for these new features so they get more use on this site. It’s a great way to connect with the music and gather inspiration. Thanks again! Hell you could even update these posts, if and or when new stuff is released like old footage on youtube and what not…?

    P.S. We should work hard on facts and tidbits about the songs, also the albums as a whole. A while back I read the wiki on ROS and have now become more intrigued to find out more..

    1. Great idea! That sounds like something I might put together tomorrow.

      You rock so much! Thank you for all of your positive vibes and support! <3

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