"Rough Hands" as written by R. D. Burman and Javed Akhtar....
Was I left behind, someone tell me, tell me I survived.
Don't look so surprised that I'm home, but just for tonight.
With rough hands and sore eyes, so don't speak, I am tired.
Let's just live through this life.

She says I swear too much,
She says alot of things,
Well I'd swear every other word if I could for her,
I'd make an attempt.
Sometimes love isn't about how much someone suits you.
But how much you're willing to change to suit them.

All my bones are dust
Some people too damaged too much, too late
And my heart's sealed with rust
Some people too damaged too much, too late
These hands will always be rough
Some people too damaged too much, too late
I know this won't count for much
Some people too damaged too much, too late

One day my hands were too soft,
One day she said, I'm tired.
One day her clothes were on my floor,
One day, empty bottles.
Well I'm not saying she's my last.
I'm just saying that she could have been,
It doesn't matter how rough these hands get.
It doesn't matter cause I'm not her man.

Rough hands, rough days,
Rough hands, rough nights,
Rough hands, rough season,
Rough hands, rough fights

All my bones are dust (rough hands, rough days)
Some people too damaged too much, too late
And my heart's sealed with rust (rough hands, rough season)
Some people too damaged too much, too late
These hands will always be rough (rough hands, rough days)
Some people too damaged too much, too late
I know this won't count for much (rough hands, rough season)
Some people too damaged too much, too late


Lyrics submitted by _hideandseek, edited by punk2death

"Rough Hands" as written by Wade Macneil Dallas Green

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who works all the time, and hates his life because he "has nothing", even though he has an awesome wife or girlfriend who loves him... He just doesn't see that because he's always tired from working so hard. Anyways, she eventually has enough and leaves him, and he realizes what happened but it's too late to get her back.
    Ramakon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would say this song is about how love can change a person for good or for bad.

    The lyricist uses "rough hands" as an extended metaphor throughout the song to show how he himself changes.

    The narrator has these "rough hands" at the start of the relationship but as it progresses and he tries to suit himself to this woman's "ideal" man he looses himself and gains "soft hands" due to having changed so much it highlights how, regardless of his "rough hands" she still chose him, she wanted him. Now that he has changed however she doesn't want him regardless of his "soft hands" seeing his mistake. He tries to change back but:

    "It doesn't matter how rough these hands get.
    It doesn't matter cause I'm not her man."

    I think that the first verse is how the narrator is now.
    Its all of the emotions that he feels after it has all ended...
    He then goes into detail almost like a flashback, or as if he is discussing the whole thing with someone else.

    He says that he will change for her using "swearing" as an example

    "For her i'll make an attempt"




    All in all.
    An epic song.
    Apd0611on July 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA boyfriend breaks up with his girlfriend...or two partners break up
    She wakes up from crying..asks did she survive and was she left behind? She's questioning why he would do this.
    He comes home..but just for one night..to receive his stuff and to give hers back..
    Her eyes are sore..tired from fighting to get him back.
    He asks if they can live through this lie...being the break up..because he did it because he thought it would end anyway even though he was still in love with her.
    She constantly tells him to change..for his own well being..he tries but fails..only attempting.
    She changes and is willing to grow with him instead of living without him. She is willing to change everything and turn her world upside down to suit him.
    The chorus : This is him speaking...he's empty and feels like he's alone and can't relate to her anymore..relate to anyone. He says sorry and hopes she'll be ok.
    He reminisces about her and empties bottles while doing so...numbing the pain of losing her.
    He wanted her to be the "One" but knew it wouldn't happen...he saw that she could have been his forever. He's too empty inside to keep a relationship and realizes he couldn't be the man she deserves.
    Again the chorus... Rough days and a rough season...
    This song feels like its both of them thinking and speaking...
    sliveon December 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs the bit Wade sings in the background
    "Don't people do damage to you much too late?"

    Sounds like it.
    exthuseon July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it sounds like it.
    I must say, this is a fantastic closing track to an album that threw me off my feet by track 2, so amazing. Brings everything to a nice close, slowing stuff down a bit.
    discosadnesson July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard that this is their favourite song on the track. i can see why and im sure alot of people are going to love it. it's obviously the stand out track on the album.
    krystal_portmanon July 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's actually George singing the back up vocals in the chorus, believe it or not. Not Wade.
    Incredible song.
    DarcMurkeeon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song is very ... slow ... i love it!!!
    ShankTheDarkon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally I think it could be about his dad again. Or something. Maybe he's stressed from the work. Like it's following on from Boiled Frogs.
    Also... It does kinda sound like George singing "Don't people do damage to you much too late?"
    If you listen closely right at the start of it you hear George's scream for sure but then he sings normally after... :-S
    HeManMcCollon July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol well beats me ...awesome song though :D so is the whole album
    DarkHateon July 31, 2006   Link

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