Cracked knuckles, and my fists
are bandaged up for the fight.
Am I ready?
There's the bell.
How many rounds can I go?
And how can soften the blows?
Can I avoid them altogether?

But my heart isn't in this.
I'm supposed to be a seasoned fighter.
It feels like my first hit.
(and it hurts like...)
I didn't see this coming anyway.
(yeah, it hurts like hell)

So don't tell the crowd...

Black eyes, black threads, and bandages for the fight.
Who are the odds on,
me or him?
How many tricks do I know?
And how can I soften the blows?
Or can I avoid them altogether?

But my heart isn't in this.
I'm supposed to be a seasoned fighter.
It feel like my first hit.
(and it hurts like...)
I didn't see this coming anyway.
(yeah, it hurts like hell)

So don't tell the crowd,
but I'm gonna let my guard down.
You're the only one now.

My heart isn't in this.
I'm supposed to be a seasoned fighter.
(I'll let you take me)
It feel like my first hit,
and it hurts like hell.
(I'll let you take me)
Black eyes, black threads, and bandages.
(I'll let you take me)
It feels like my first hit,
and it hurts like hell.
(I'll let you take me)
My heart isn't in this.
I'm supposed to be a seasoned fighter.


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Southpaw song meanings
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    General Comment"but my heart isn't in this.
    i'm supposed to be a seasoned fighter."

    sigh. life story
    adorabelleon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell adorabelle,if we weren't humans i suppose.anyway pretty song with great lyrics
    veruskaon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really sad. To me, it sounds like someone who is being physically abused.

    But, like most all other songs, you can interpret it any way you want. Maybe it's about a crappy relationship. Orrrrr maybe it's actually about boxing.

    Your pick.

    But it's a really good song.
    K-Lizzleon October 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! although its literal interpretation would be about a boxer... i think the metaphorical/figurative meaning is really obvious once you start listening to it. to me it speaks about an extremely introverted/shy person having to come out of their shell (particularly in approaching someone they like); only to be dejected by the harshness of reality.
    seamoraineon April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have rarely seen a song so open to interpretation. It can really be about anything, any struggle. You're supposed to be able to deal with it, or you're experienced with it (a seasoned fighter), but for some reason, your heart's not in it and you let yourself lose.
    This is my interpretation; just because most of the CD (and most songs in general in this genre) is about romantic love, I think it's about arguing with your partner AGAIN, like you always do, and finally you realize that it's not worth it, that he/she isn't worth it, and you can't deal with it any more.
    However, it could be about any number of things, like I said.
    lonelydreamer1087on September 05, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationSurrendering to the inevitable. She's done her best, but she's been worn down, and now she's done.
    turnintoon February 20, 2013   Link

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