And it's a poor boy who's alive at best
And mistakes the pulse inside his chest
For the cartiledge between his legs
And it's all he knows
It's all he knows

And it's a sad girl who sits and cries
Mistakes true love for brutal lies
And a warm wet tongue in between her thighs
It's all she knows
All she knows

And he wonders what she hides in those bags under her eyes
The secrets of the sleepless nights she spent with him
Since she let him in

And the hands of those where burns are in
Both commit the greatest sins
By breaking hearts instead of skin
It's all they know
All they know

And she wipes her tears back as she sings
How broken hands make broken things
She sings
Yeah, she sings

And she wipes her tears back as she sings
How broken hands make broken things
She sings
Yeah, she sings

And he wonders what she hides in those bags under her eyes
The secrets of the sleepless nights she spent with him
Since she let him in


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Broken Hands song meanings
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    General CommentThe violin in this is so good. To me I think it's about people being open with each other, after finding it really hard before:

    "And he wonders what she hides in those bags under her eyes.
    The secrets of the sleepless nights she spent with him. Since she let him in"
    Just about the start of a relationship.
    wiseaimeeon January 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a story about a boy and girl who chose a sexual relationship over a romantic one...
    driftwoodxon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThey choose that sexual relationship over a spiritual and romantic one because that's the society they were brought up in. "It's all he/she knows," meaning they didn't see anythign wrong with it, but later in the song she repents:
    "And she wipes her tears back as she sings
    How broken hands make broken things
    She sings
    Yeah, she sings"
    A beautiful song, even better live.
    omgitsadiazon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti cant believe more people dont comment this song i love it it explains alot abotu teenage life
    momentumon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEverytime I hear this song, I get the chills.
    It is so deep and profound.
    It is amazing,
    This band is amazing.
    Be Still, My Hearton August 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI Get the Chills when I listen to this song. My eyes water, and my first time I started to shake, as creepy/weird as that sounds!
    FoldYourHandson June 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthat dose sound creepy wierd!
    dont panic!on June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this song is about a girl being constantly raped, or molested by the same guy.

    "And it's a poor boy who's alive at best
    And mistakes the pulse inside his chest
    For the cartiledge between his legs
    And it's all he knows
    It's all he knows"

    I feel like this stanza is like that saying, "he thinks with his penis". Alive at best, he wants to just have sex all the time, because it's all he thinks he is supposed to do with this girl.


    "And it's a sad girl who sits and cries
    Mistakes true love for brutal lies
    And a warm wet tongue in between her thighs
    It's all she knows
    All she knows"

    She only knows this guy for sex, and she won't stand up for herself and say enough is enough. All she knows is the lies that he feeds her and it's all she ever hears. He constantly wants to have sex with her and she probably wants more.


    "And he wonders what she hides in those bags under her eyes
    The secrets of the sleepless nights she spent with him
    Since she let him in"

    He thinks about the sleepless nights he's made her have, where he was inside of her, probably not by choice. Ever since the first time they had sex. He wants to know what she is thinking when she looks in the mirror when she sees the bags under her eyes.

    "And the hands of those where burns are in
    Both commit the greatest sins
    By breaking hearts instead of skin
    It's all they know
    All they know"

    Breaking skin, like losing her virginity I believe. They only have sex and it just isn't right, the guy is commiting a sin, burning as in hell?

    "And she wipes her tears back as she sings
    How broken hands make broken things
    She sings
    Yeah, she sings"

    She's finally telling him to stop. She's crying saying she wants this to end and she's completely done. She doesn't want to live this Broken 'Lie' and doesn't want this to continue. I think Broken Hands probably might symbolize the broken feelings she has towards the guy. She was probably close to him until he hurt her the way she did.
    FoldYourHandson June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a boy who misunderstood himself and the girl who put faith in him..
    tiababyXDon June 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think he knows any better when it comes to sex because this is the way that he was taught to be with a girl.

    Like in this stanza he thinks that love is sex. Instead of thinking with his head at all, he mistakes what he thinks is love as being horny. He lets his hormones control him and i think that this is his way of showing that he cares for this girl.

    "And it's a poor boy who's alive at best
    And mistakes the pulse inside his chest
    For the cartiledge between his legs



    And it's all he knows
    It's all he knows"

    Even though he may mean the best, the girl needs more. She feels used because she wants more. I'm sure she has been in many other sexual relationships with boys that have told her that they love her only to leave her later on.

    "And it's a sad girl who sits and cries
    Mistakes true love for brutal lies
    And a warm wet tongue in between her thighs
    It's all she knows
    All she knows"

    He doesn't completely use her though because why else would he care about why she seems to be depressed if he cares nothing for her? He wants to know why his actions seem to make her this way, he doesn't know what else to do though because this is after all, "all he knows"

    "And he wonders what she hides in those bags under her eyes
    The secrets of the sleepless nights she spent with him
    Since she let him in"

    She cries out that broken hands make broken things, even if what you know is all that you know doesn't mean that it makes you feel any better. So broken or false reasoning ends up with false conclusions. He may think that this is no big deal to be having sex but she knows better and it's tearing her up inside. She has been in these relationships before and realizes that more there has to more to a loving relationship than this, but still, she is afraid to leave him and it depresses her


    MuerteBonitaon September 18, 2009   Link

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