"It Only Hurts" as written by and Dallas Hendry/hora Smith....
Can hold my breath only for a little while
Until reality starts sinking in
Once again I'm settling for second best
Turn the page and skip
To the end to where I
Swore that I would try
Since the last time I crossed that line
In the back of my mind I know

It only hurts when you're eyes are open
Lies get tossed and truth is spoken
It only hurts when that door gets opened
Dreams are lost and hearts are broken

Miles away promise from a burning bed
Two worlds should never collide
One word would end it if you ever heard
Tear the page out that
Reminds me when I
Swore that I'd be strong now the next
Time has come and gone
Well maybe I'm wrong I know

It only hurts when you're eyes are open
Lies get tossed and truth is spoken
It only hurts when that door gets opened
Dreams are lost and hearts are broken

I know what you're feeling
Its hard to believe in
Someone, someone, who's not there
I know that you're waiting
Cause love is worth saving
But only for So long, so long, so long

I swore that I would try
Since the last time, the last time

It only hurts when you're eyes are open
Lies get tossed and truth is spoken
It only hurts when that door gets opened
Dreams are lost and hearts are broken

It only hurts when you're eyes are open
Lies get tossed and truth is spoken
It only hurts when that door gets opened
Dreams are lost and hearts are broken


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"It Only Hurts" as written by Danny N Craig David Charles N Benedict

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    General CommentIn my opinion.. Its about a guy who fell in love.. Originally the girl thought the same way.. but after a while she realizes she only just wants to be friends. "Friend Zone". Which goes along with the "Settling for second best" Its better to be a friend.. then nothing at all. But its painful for him since He's always going to be on the sidelines as a friend and lying ("Yes i'm happy for you.. No I'm fine... its alright") to make her happy and not feel bad b/c he doesn't want to hurt and lose her further. But he still can't stop loving her on the inside. He hurts when your eyes are open (awake).. Because reality they can't be together.. But When he sleeps they're together in his dreams.
    Slashz28on September 09, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti'm personly obessed with song, ive been living in it for the past month now, playing it non stop
    i think it means that him and his girl had it all planned out and it never worked out , that i think he wishs they never really met, hes been going through so much pain, when he says " it only huts when your eyes are open", your eyes are open pretty much every waking hour of the day so hes saying hes like living in his pain, and yeah, its so hard to read this song, but you can like feel the pain coming from it and how hes just so hurt and doesnt even know what to do cause she lied so much.. which is what i did to my boyfrined all the time..
    musiclovesme:)on January 10, 2006   Link
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    Memoryit reminds me of my ex bf and i realy messed up by saying goodbye when i didn want to now everytime i open myeyes i cansee the pain that hes married to anoher girl i missed him so much its hurts it kiled my heart evrytime i see him at wk and at school i really hate my fucking self ritenow
    pabbh916on May 19, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti'm personly obessed with song, ive been living in it for the past month now, playing it non stop
    i think it means that him and his girl had it all planned out and it never worked out , that i think he wishs they never really met, hes been going through so much pain, when he says " it only huts when your eyes are open", your eyes are open pretty much every waking hour of the day so hes saying hes like living in his pain, and yeah, its so hard to read this song, but you can like feel the pain coming from it and how hes just so hurt and doesnt even know what to do cause she lied so much.. which is what i did to my boyfrined all the time..
    musiclovesme:)on January 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefault is amazing!

    I doubt I can burn out on this song...
    N0 C0DE 79on January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about just being hurt... something happens to you, and the pain is so much, but it only hurts when your eyes are open because your seeing whats going on, as in living is easy with eyes closed... I'm obsessed with this song too!
    spring90on January 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdude his voice is incredible.....well at least thats two things Canada has going for them.....hockey and default
    partyboy7on February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont know what its amazing.....saw them live just the other day.....if you closed you eyes you thought it was on the speakers blasting so loud.....a must see performance.....GrandRapids,MI holy sh!t what a day....and nickelback is from canada to theres 3 things actually
    furgi22on February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me, in this song, something's obviously happened which was previously ignored. But now, it's been recognised, and he's opened his eyes to see the truch, which hurts. I'm not totally sure what the thing that's happened is, I'd imagine it's to do with relationships (maybe cheating? lies? Some sort of problem in their relationship that went ignored but now has come to light and made them split up? Something like that). It's hard to figure out the exact thing.

    The reason why I'm hooked on this song, is because I recently got with a girl, and things have been really arkward. So we've decided not to be together til we figure it out. We were ignoring the problems over the last couple of days, but we've both opened our eyes. And although I've got confused/mixed feelings about where I want it to go, it's hit me relatively hard.
    Heskimoon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song to me is about being sober. Seeing the world through sober eyes hurts because you notice all the truth and dangers out there.
    joelcookie86on April 16, 2006   Link

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