"Fingernails" as written by and John Aka Johne Battle/lary Battle....
Never reaching what I want to reach
Never being who I want to be
Blaming me when I fall and fail
All my dreams splintering
Under my fingernails
Under my fingernails

I'm empty, lonely, and accused
Accused without a word
My fingernails are chipping down
From clawing in the dirt
I'm so lost, lost and confused
I threw it all away
How can I be beautiful
When I am so afraid

Never reaching what I want to reach
Never being who I want to be
Blaming me when I fall and fail
All my dreams splintering
Under my fingernails
All my dreams out of reach
Under my fingernails

I watched it all slip through my hands
My brokenness revealed
I'm so proud, I'm so proud
I'm crying to be filled
I'm killing, destroying the plague
That's killing me away
I've got to live, I've got to love
Like I am unafraid

Never reaching what I want to reach
Never being who I want to be
Blaming me when I fall and fail
All my dreams splintering
Under my fingernails
Under my fingernails

All my dreams out of reach
Under my fingernails

I'm wasting, wasting every moment
I want to be tasting
Tasting every moment with you
I'm suffering, I'm bleeding, on my knees
Who's going to save me?
Suffering, bleeding
Save me from this pit of frailty

Never reaching what I want to reach
Never being who I want to be
Blaming me when I fall and fail
All my dreams splintering
Under my fingernails
Under my fingernails

All my dreams out of reach
Under my fingernails

Never reaching me


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"Fingernails" as written by Jason Schwartzmann Alexander Greenwald

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    General CommentI'm aware sometimes of a thing in me that seems to attract every good feeling ("all my dreams") and then completely destroy it. It's like starving with the flu when you keep throwing up. NOTHING ANYONE DOES IS EVER ENOUGH --

    in particular me.

    So I keep doing, trying and puking up pieces of my self-satisfaction.

    Unsurprising that so many songs have been written about a lack of hope, because not only does everyone struggle with it at least once, but we honestly can't get over it. We know life is worth something and until the last sign of it disappears, we're scared that we're "wasting every moment".

    That's where He comes in.
    kalondoon August 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like the lyrics, but it's a bit too hard for me. It seems too hard, even for SKillet. I DON'T KNOW, I like the song, even though when I hear it I keep looking down at my nails expecting to see them chipped and bleeding.
    golden_childon July 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits like youre so close to your dreams but you just cant reach them. but youre sooo PAINFULLY close.
    headbangforjesuson November 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this is very much about a person who tries so hard to be sinnless, tries to be as perfect as God, and then as soon as he slips up (which we all do) he crashes and burns, blaming himself, and making things worse. "I'm empty, lonely, and accused
    Accused without a word" i think this is how the person feels when they are in sin, without God, and no one actually says anything about it, but they knows deep down, that they have really fallen far away from who they want to be like (god)
    "I'm so lost, lost and confused
    I threw it all away
    How can I be beautiful
    When I am so afraid"
    here the person is
    now that the person doesn't have God directing them in their life they are lost and afraid, and wonder how God would still think they are someone worth taking back and loving
    the next verse shows them starting to realise that they need God back in their life, and needs to be filled of the holy spirit. which in turn, will destroy the sin that has been growing inside of them. the person needs to stop being afraid, and start trusting god, even though they are still a little afriaid.
    and finally, they know that they are wasting every moment without God. and that God is the only one who can save them from the state they are in.

    well that's atleast how i interpret the song, but thats the awsome thing about well written lyrics, they can often change their meaning to suit different people :)
    by the way, this is one of my favourite songs by skillet, i love this album in general :)
    DarkMillyon November 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentall sound about right. Ill add that i think it not only involves striving to be as perfect as god but just achieving their dream in general. This song depicts a person who, no matter how hard they try, they cant seem to grasp their dream... it just splinters and slips away.
    FIUBig86on February 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI used to consider this my life's theme song. I never felt like I was actually doing anything worthwhile, and wanted someone to appreciate me, even if that meant acting a bit different from what I felt was the true me.

    It was this kind of attitude that almost had me go to college for engineering, but I then realized on a youth retreat with my church that I wanted to be involved in youth ministry - that's what I truly enjoyed.

    Now I'm attending Messiah College and studying youth ministry. Because of my decision, I feel more like my life has a purpose, and I don't feel like "all my dreams (are) out of reach."

    That wasn't an attempt to explain the song, just saying how it speaks to me.
    MConroy1990on February 22, 2010   Link

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