What if:

...some things are destined to failure?
...some things are never meant to be?
...someone never sees?
...someone never opens?
...somehow we are different?

Though I never claimed to be right
give to me the benefit of doubt

I brought you fires
that you put out
I brought you fires
for I cannot be without
I came with sadness
but this my shattered heart can't bear

What of the times in exile
what of the hours passed
what if touches seem too trivial

You can never tell me I'm wrong
a song I've heard so long

I brought you fires
that you put out
I brought you fires
for I cannot be without
I came with sadness
but this my shattered heart can't bear

I came in madness
So this my shattered heart can't bear
My shattered heart won't bear

So what if healing takes forever
so what if time is meant for others
so what is left is but a shatter
and what is broken can't be whole
what is broken can't be whole again

I brought you fires
that you put out
I brought you fires
for I cannot be without
I came with sadness
but this my shattered heart can't bear


Lyrics submitted by Jester24, edited by szgtmn

Hours Passed In Exile song meanings
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    General CommentThis is the most easy to understand of all Dark Tranquillity songs for me. It's most certainly about a relationship where he truly loved someone very much, but she just treated him like garbage. At the very end, though, he changes it up, and instead of saying "this my shattered heart can't bear," he says "this my shattered heart WON'T bear." Like it's time to stand up and defy this kind of emotional exile myself.
    About a year ago, I went through a similar situation. This song really spoke to me, and I sent the lyrics to a friend of mine. She actually asked if I wrote them myself about the particular situation I was in.
    Ampulex_Compressaon November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone has ment so much for the author, so that he has given hes everything to this someone, who only ignored it all. Now the author is afraid if he never recovers..
    Woroon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthere seriously has to be some connection between a song youre listening to and your current, or arriving, situation. last summer i took a trip to europe and ..hooked up with the girl of my dreams quite honestly. whenever she fell asleep on the bus with me i'd listen to damage done Alot, usually finding myself listening to this song (was when i first started listening to dt). so uh, long story short--some of her friends broke it out to me a few days later that she had a serious boyfriend and even plans for marriage :0..... anyways this is the definitive song of any relationship that has any worth (for me).. always too good to be true, or at least last
    afflicted4lifeon December 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe keyboard or whatever in the chorus is awesome
    Ddaduttaon February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell,NICE SONG!!,i´m not English so i don´t understand some parts of the song.First I thought it was about a dictatorship and a oppresion,but after reading the second commentary,the relationship broken by the girl took form to me: "Time is meant for others","my shattered heart can´t bear",he´s in love with her,but she has broken the relatonship.Greetings for you all
    Drako83on April 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs ever!
    This is how I see this song. He is questioning meeting the person who is supposed to be the one but things are not perfect. He is willing to try anything but she crushes his soul and is oppressive to his nature. He can't live that way she breaks him.
    Somber_Eyeson September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Stanne surely wants to talk about a wrecked lovestory. "What if healing takes forever? What if time is meant forever?" let us understand that he keep on thinking about this girl. Furthermore there are some words ("Though I never claimed to be right, give to me the benefit of doubt") that tell a deep misunderstanding between two lovers.
    My personal opinion is that all the DAMAGE DONE album is based on a story of betrayal; songs like this or "I, deception" let me think that tha story went bad because of the fault of one of them.
    Anyway, the speaker feels very bad, no doubt, and he's very sad.
    dankeyon September 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with afflicted that there is something with the songs you listen to and your current situation, i personaly believe everything happens for a reason. Anyway, i think this song is about betrayal overall, and how the lyracist feels that he at the moment isnt able to deal with it.
    Ixeson October 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song also could be about being broken, and what is broken can't be whole. ALl of the things mentioned in the lines above are pointless if your broken.
    Ixeson October 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a really good song. i like this kind of love song a hell of a lot more then the stuff that u hear on the radio.
    HallowedBeThyNameIMon August 27, 2008   Link

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