"Little House" as written by Joseph King and Isaac Slade....
She doesn't look, she doesn't see
Opens up for nobody
Figures out, she figures out
Narrow line, she can't decide
Everything short of suicide
Never hurts, nearly works

Something scratching its way out
Something you want to forget about

A part of you that'll never show
You're the only one that'll ever know
Take it back when it all began
Take your time, would you understand
What it's all about?

Something scratching its way out
Something you want to forget about
No one expects you to get up
All on your own with no one around


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"Little House" as written by Joseph King Isaac Slade

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is about a girl who is seriously depressed. She feels alone, and "opens up for nobody".

    "Take it back when it all began" - I think she's trying to figure out why she is the way she is and how she got there.

    And also I think there is some references to cutting in there, such as "never hurts, nearly works" as in, it nearly helps to take away the hurt she feels inside and she doesnt seem to feel the physical pain from it
    clarenceon July 17, 2006   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationMy interpretation of the song may be a little biased, but I've always thought the song was about a girl who was raped or sexually assaulted as a child and kept it secret. I was raped as a kid and the abuse continued for almost seven years before I told a cousin, who was like my big brother. This song was a song that I related to through those years. Each line made sense to me and it sort of related to the situation.

    "She doesn't look, she doesn't see"
    Meaning that she didn't look when he was assaulting her.
    "Opens up for nobody"
    how she kept it a secret.
    "Figures out, she figures out"
    how she believes that it was her fault.
    "Narrow line, she can't decide"
    her debate whether or not to tell someone.
    "Everything short of suicide"
    cutting because of effects of the assault.
    "Never hurts, nearly works"
    the display she puts on to fool other people.

    "Something is scratching its way out"
    how she almost tells people
    "Something you want to forget about"
    the assault.

    "A part of you that you'll never show,
    you're the only one that'll ever know"
    meaning it's kept a secret. No one knows about what happened.
    "Take it back to when it all began"
    I always thought that was her remembering the assault, analyzing it, trying to understand what made this man choose her.
    "Take your time, would you understand what it's all about,
    what it's all about?"
    when she's telling someone and explaining why she's so broken and so depressed.

    "Something is scratching its way out,
    something you want to forget about.
    No one expects you to get out."
    The aftermath of telling her story. She feels like people are ashamed of her and angry with her, blaming her for what happened whether its true or not. She believes they don't think she will ever get better.
    "All on your own with no one around"
    meaning that even after she tells the story, she still feels alone.
    definingmeon September 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti really think this song is about cutting and how someone is stuggling with that. "never hurts nearly works" people who cut dont see it as pain they see it as letting out the hurt from the inside, or at least with my expeiriences that has been the case. "A part of you that wil never show, your the only one that will ever know" people try and hide their pain and get rid of it and i think this song explains what goes through people who cut when they're cutting, i also think the way that the song is up beat, to me almost angry sounding, i just think it explains cutting very well

    i love the fray theres this guy whos my best friend and every song they sing somehow reminds me of that boy
    elianneon April 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is about a girl
    who just wants everything bad to be over
    she thinks that there is no other way other than suicide
    its really quite sad
    and makes me want to cry
    cause it just reminds of myself
    but then again
    it could different things for everyone
    who listens to this song
    let it mean what you want it to
    <3
    DestinyNykoel6597on October 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the piano part. . . ah, the arpeggio. . . (I think I spelled that wrong). . .
    Rinse_It_Awayon December 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that without knowing anything about the song I think this song could possibly be about an abortion.
    The whole "She opens up for nobody" could be about the after abortion effects that many people have. And the something inside of her could represent the baby or lack ther of and all that has happened......I dont know, just a thought
    singergrl89on January 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with clarence .
    I can completley understand this song and it really stands out to me on the album.
    This song reminds me of a friend of mine when they were very depressed. I can see the abortion issue but this song is clearly about a very upset or depressed girl. She is regretting somthing and reflecting on how it happened and why. It bugs her and she needs to get it out and forget about it completly. She wants to rid herself of this monstor inside of her but she cant because she cannot trust anybody so she hurts herself somehow but she dosent feel the pain to its full extent.."never hurts, nearly works"

    And everybody knows she is upset and nobody expects her to make it on her own, nobody expects her to get over this and she shut everybody out so she ends up all alone and even more depressed.

    I love this song.
    alot.
    TheLuckiest08on July 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a choice that someone made a while ago that's eating them up inside, and it will never go away. They did such a bad thing and they don't know what to do about it, that they consider suicide. possibly...
    Drummaboy2007on August 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnice that i added that after 8 people talked about that. i just realized other people had posted on this song already.......
    rememberneveron September 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSwimminsusieq, Just Read Your Comment And Absolutely Agree =[ Very Hard To Listen To. _Send My Love
    baby-pierroton March 27, 2007   Link

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