Rough Hands
Alexisonfire Lyrics


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Was I left behind?
Someone tell me, tell me I survived
Don't look so surprised
That I'm home, but just for tonight
With rough hands and sore eyes
so don't speak, I am tired
Let's just live through this life
She says I swear too much
She says a lot of things
Well I'd swear every other word if I could for her
I'd make an attempt
Sometimes love isn't about how much someone suits you
But how much you're willing to change to suit them

All my bones are dust
Some people too damaged too much, too late
And my heart's sealed with rust
Some people too damaged too much, too late
These hands will always be rough
Some people too damaged too much, too late
I know this won't count for much
Some people too damaged too much, too late

One day my hands were too soft
One day she said, I'm tired
One day her clothes were on my floor
One day, empty bottles
Well I'm not saying she's my last
I'm just saying that she could have been
It doesn't matter how rough these hands get
It doesn't matter 'cause I'm not her man

Rough hands, rough days
Rough hands, rough nights
Rough hands, rough season
Rough hands, rough fights

All my bones are dust (rough hands, rough days)
Some people too damaged too much, too late
And my heart's sealed with rust (rough hands, rough season)
Some people too damaged too much, too late
These hands will always be rough (rough hands, rough days)
Some people too damaged too much, too late




I know this won't count for much (rough hands, rough season)
Some people too damaged too much, too late

Overall Meaning

The song "Rough Hands" by Alexisonfire is a powerful and evocative exploration of love, life, and the challenges that we all face in navigating our way through the world. The opening lines of the song set the stage, with the singer questioning whether they have been left behind and seeking confirmation that they have survived. The sense of weariness and exhaustion that permeates the lyrics is palpable, with the repeated refrain of "rough hands" serving as a reminder of the physical toll that life can take on us.


Throughout the song, there is a tension between the desire for connection and the realization that sometimes we are too damaged or too set in our ways to truly connect with others. The singer acknowledges that they swear too much and that they have a tendency to push people away, but they also express a willingness to change and to adapt in order to find love and companionship. The final lines of the song suggest a sense of resignation, with the singer noting that their hands will always be rough and that their efforts may not count for much in the end.


Overall, "Rough Hands" is a poignant and deeply personal song that explores universal themes of love, loss, and the struggle to find meaning in a world that can be unbearably harsh at times.


Line by Line Meaning

Was I left behind, someone tell me, tell me I survived.
I'm not sure if I made it through, someone give me answers to put my mind at ease.


Don't look so surprised that I'm home, but just for tonight.
I came back here for a short visit, don't act so shocked.


With rough hands and sore eyes, so don't speak, I am tired.
I'm exhausted from life's hardships, I just need silence and rest.


Let's just live through this life.
We should endure and keep going despite the difficulties we may face.


She says I swear too much.
She criticizes me for using profanity.


She says alot of things.
She expresses her opinions frequently.


Well I'd swear every other word if I could for her, I'd make an attempt.
If it would make her happy, I would try my hardest to limit my use of profanity.


Sometimes love isn't about how much someone suits you.
Love isn't always about whether or not one person is right for the other.


But how much you're willing to change to suit them.
It's about how much you're willing to change to accommodate the person you love.


All my bones are dust.
I am feeling very fragile and weak.


Some people too damaged too much, too late.
Some people have been hurt too much and healed too late, causing permanent damage.


And my heart's sealed with rust.
My heart has been closed off and damaged by past experiences.


These hands will always be rough.
Despite everything I go through, these hands will continue to be hard from working hard.


I know this won't count for much.
I realize that my hard work and rough hands won't make much of a difference in the grand scheme of things.


One day my hands were too soft.
There was a time when I wasn't as hardened from work and life's experiences.


One day she said, I'm tired.
At some point, she became exhausted and unable to keep going.


One day her clothes were on my floor.
She spent a night with me and left her clothes on my bedroom floor.


One day, empty bottles.
At some point, we drank all of the alcohol in my apartment.


Well, I'm not saying she's my last.
I'm not claiming that she's the only person for me in the future.


I'm just saying that she could have been.
She had potential to be a long-term partner, but it didn't work out that way.


It doesn't matter how rough these hands get.
No matter how worn my hands become from work, it doesn't change what happened in our relationship.


It doesn't matter cause I'm not her man.
Our relationship is over and I am no longer her partner.


Rough hands, rough days, Rough hands, rough nights, Rough hands, rough season, Rough hands, rough fights.
No matter what challenge comes my way, I am prepared to face it with my rough, calloused hands.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Dallas Green, Wade MacNeil, Jordan Hastings, Chris Steele, George Pettit

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Megan Daugherty

Here I am 11 years later and still crying over this album. This album holds a special place in my heart and reminds me of my teenage emo myspace years.

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This is one of my most favorite songs from them

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Those were the good days

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its sad to think about how good the old days were compared to how they are now... 😔

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2021 and this song is still giving me goosebumps. Every single time.

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33 yrs old. This has been my all time favorite since day this album dropped. Miss these days in music

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I feeel you brother

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Yes this track is so immersive, sad but beautiful and just a great alt rock type track.

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