"Dirty Second Hands" as written by and Todd Cooper Jon Foreman....
Please don't be so naive
You know you're not fooling anyone
You're not as tough as you think
With dirty second hands,
The dirty second hands

Can't get nothing for free
It becomes so predictable
You start fighting to breathe
The dirty second hands,
Your dirty second hands

Here's the face of everything that breaks you down
Now you face the face of everything that breaks you down

With an army of me
We invent our own enemies
Man verses machine
And the dirty second hands

In the land of the free
And the home of the remedy
The old clock is a thief
With dirty second hands

Are you really as tough as you think
You blink and you're over the brink
You bleed but you're blood runs pink
With dirty second hands, dirty second hands

You're not quite as tough as you thought
You bought the American rot
The very seed that you thought you shot
With dirty second hands, dirty second hands

You might be right,
The fight might be right inside you
The blind leading the lied to,
Tonight maybe you bind you with dirty second hands


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"Dirty Second Hands" as written by Todd Cooper Jon Foreman

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    General CommentI think, on the basest level, it's about time... the dirty second hands are on the clock, and the clock face is the "face of everything that breaks you down."

    "The old clock is a thief" because it steals our lives away from us. "

    "Please don't be so naive
    No, you're not fooling anyone
    You're not as tough as you think
    The dirty second hands
    The dirty second hands
    Can't get nothing for free
    It becomes so predictable
    You start fighting to breathe"

    I think this means "Don't pretend you'll never grow old. don't be so arrogant to think that one day you won't be about to die."

    "You blink and you're over the brink" means that time flies and before you know it your life has gone by. I don't really get the rest of the lyrics, but oh well. This is an amazing song.
    Leron October 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the old Switchfoot better. They lost their Christian roots. The music is good on Oh! Gravity but the lyrics are not great. I miss The Beautiful Letdown.
    swft24on January 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJon Foreman: "The machine. the clock. our own hands. The dirty second hand of time is always ticking – bringing us and all that we have worked so hard to achieve closer to the grave and the second hand store. In my fight with depression, lust, pride, and boredom I have found that the biggest challenger is often within me. The very machinery that I loathe and have fought so hard to defeat stares back at me from the mirror. This mechanism is always ticking. And in my spiritual life I have found that this is a part of me that has to die everyday if I am to be truly alive."

    I've also heard him say, before playing it during a concert, that it was somewhat about "how we all end up at the thrift store" at one time or another. haha.

    The dirty second hands on a clock.

    But I agree with the other deeper interpretations as well.

    "You bleed but the blood runs pink"
    We dilute ourselves and this person is not being the real person they can be.
    Oh! Emilyon February 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnything from the second chorus and beyond may not be correct, because apparently the version streaming on their site is a cut version. I would definitely buy the song if I had iTunes and/or any of the other places didn't require you to download their music programs. I could rant about that for a long time but I won't.
    eltroyo11on September 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI bought it. i listen to it and tell you if it's right.
    Spittermanon September 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm. I think it's right. I'm actually listening to it right now, and, as far as I can see, it looks right. Anyways, this song is awesome. Although, I like their older songs better...this is a good single. Can't wait for the new cd coming out Dec. 26!
    WishingForYouon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHm i does anyone no why i cant download this on the australian itunes? ive only listened to the version on their site... I like it, but yeah i agree with WishingForYou, i like their old songs better! theyre more kinda...darker now if u no wat i mean! still gud tho
    blessed4everon September 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso does anybody no wat this song means?
    blessed4everon September 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI reckon Ler pretty much got it as said, on a basic level. I think there might be a deeper meaning, but I can't quite figure it out...
    woyloyboogon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment___ Oh! Gravity. expands Switchfoot’s sonic palette while at the same time dealing with social issues on songs like the alt-country blues of the song, “Dirty Second Hands,” in which Foreman sings of the dehumanization that comes with technology (“With an army of me/We invent our own enemies/Man verses machine”).

    “Although it ends up pointing the finger at us, rather than the iPod or the combustion engine,” laughs Jon. ___

    This is what it says on Music Remedy. I think its what the songs about...
    woyloyboogon October 10, 2006   Link

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