Ever the Same

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"Ever the Same"
Single by Rob Thomas
from the album ...Something to Be
Released November 7, 2005
Format Digital download
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:17 (Album Version)
3:51 (Radio Edit)
4:02 (Video Edit)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Rob Thomas
Producer(s) Matt Serletic
Certification Gold
Rob Thomas singles chronology
"This Is How a Heart Breaks"
"Ever the Same"
"...Something to Be"

"Ever the Same" was released in November 2005 as the third single from Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas's debut album, ...Something to Be. The song is another hit from the album that went gold and it's also been used in commercials for NBA Cares.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Phil Harder, features various shots mixed against a drawn and partially colored city background, interspliced with shots of Thomas singing the song. The music video features Wilmer Valderrama. Wilmer's character is a dove keeper who writes messages of hope and attaches them onto the doves legs before allowing them to fly off. As the video progresses, different people all over the city receive these tiny notes. Rob Thomas's wife Marisol is also featured in this video, playing a woman who lives in the apartment adjacent to Rob's. Both Rob and Wilmer look up to see her standing on the edge of her window ledge, presumably thinking about jumping off (most likely in a moment of despair). Wilmer then releases a dove to Marisol, who stops to read the note, smiling and taking seat on the ledge. She eventually jumps off from the ledge, transforming midway into a dove. Rob Thomas, who is out taking his dog for a walk, is sitting on a bench when the dove that once was Marisol lands beside him. He takes the message from its leg and then releases her. The video ends with crowds of people staring up in wonder as Wilmer's flock of doves color the sky and Marisol returning to Wilmer while Rob watches from his window. The video is a touching symbolism of hope and the way we must support each other to survive.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 29
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[2] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 48
US Billboard Pop 100 (Billboard)[4] 45
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[5] 33
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[6] 2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4


  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Rob Thomas – Ever the Same". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Rob Thomas – Ever the Same". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Rob Thomas – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Rob Thomas. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "...Something to Be – Rob Thomas | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rob Thomas – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Rob Thomas. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Rob Thomas – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Rob Thomas. Retrieved March 24, 2015.

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