Hooped Earings
The Front Bottoms Lyrics


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Come on give me a break, what is the point if I stay
There's not that much I can say
I never really knew your mom anyway
And now she's crying in the bathroom
I'm standing on the back porch for support
And she is begging you not to cut your hair
'Cause curly hair don't look good cut short
And you have gotta do this now or you can never come home again
Yeah, you have gotta do this now or you can never come home again...again

You got a rash on your neck just below the line
Where at your shirt stops covering and leaves your skin bare
It's such an unimportant detail
That has nothing to do with anything
But it's the only thing I remember from when I cut your hair

And you have gotta do this now or you can never come home again
Yeah, you have gotta do this now or you can never come home again




And there are not so many options, there's not so many ways that this could possibly end
So you have gotta do this now or you can never come home again...again

Overall Meaning

The Front Bottoms's song Hooped Earrings is a story of a person who is faced with a tough decision to make in her life. The song opens with the person pleading for a break, questioning the point of staying, and acknowledging that there isn't much they can say to help their situation. They reflect on how they never really knew the person's mother and how she's crying in the bathroom while they stand on the back porch for support. The mother is begging the person not to cut their hair, believing that curly hair doesn't look good when it's cut short.


The second verse delves deeper into the details of the situation. The person has a rash on their neck, just below the line where their shirt ends, and the only thing the singer remembers from cutting their hair is this rash. The chorus reiterates the tough decision the person must make, saying that they have to do it now, or they can never come home again. There aren't many options or ways for the situation to end, making the decision that much more difficult.


Overall, the song is a bittersweet story of a person who's forced to make a decision that can affect their life forever. The mother's disapproval, the rash, and the decision serve as symbols of the overwhelming pressure and the finality of the situation.


Line by Line Meaning

Come on give me a break, what is the point if I stay
I feel like leaving because I don't see a reason to stay


There's not that much I can say
I'm lost for words and don't know what to say


I never really knew your mom anyway
I didn't get a chance to know your mother


And now she's crying in the bathroom
Your mother is weeping in the bathroom


I'm standing on the back porch for support
I'm on the back porch for comfort


And she is begging you not to cut your hair
Your mother is pleading with you not to trim your hair


'Cause curly hair don't look good cut short
Your mother believes that short hair does not suit curly hair


And you have gotta do this now or you can never come home again
You have to take action now or you will not be welcome back home


Yeah, you have gotta do this now or you can never come home again...again
You must act now or risk never being permitted to come home again


You got a rash on your neck just below the line
There's a rash on your neck just below where your shirt ends


Where at your shirt stops covering and leaves your skin bare
Your shirt stops and leaves your skin exposed


It's such an unimportant detail
It's a trivial detail that doesn't matter much


That has nothing to do with anything
It's not related to anything important


But it's the only thing I remember from when I cut your hair
That's the only thing I recall from when I last trimmed your hair


And there are not so many options, there's not so many ways that this could possibly end
There aren't many choices- the outcome might be quite limited


So you have gotta do this now or you can never come home again...again
You have to perform this now, or risk being unable to come home again




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