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It hurts to feel
It hurts to hear
It hurts to face it
It hurts to hide
It hurts to touch
It hurts to wake up
It hurts to remember
It hurts to hold on

Turn my head

The hurt's relentless
The hurt of emptiness
The hurt of wanting
The hurt of going on
The hurt of missing
The hurt is killing me

Turn my head
Turn it off
Off forever
Turn it off forever

Ever blind

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    General Commentthis song is great, when i listen to it, i feel so depressive and happy at the same time, it's complicated to explain. it's so magical, i like archive very much too.
    rh(~)on December 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's hell of a song, Damn it i love it so much
    Archive is one of the best bands out there...
    pliskin0100on January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAfter listening to this many many time over the years (in all different states of minds) I've always puzzled over a meaning that really fits the song.

    I've just realised that it fits perfectly for addiction (whether that was the intention is something else). Up until the lyrics is just a repetition on the same riff just getting more intense with more noisy processed elements trying to unsustainable add to it.

    Lyrics fit nicely with an addiction where stopping is hell and not stopping is hell. Addicts can't moderate usage so they have to "turn it off forever" to recover. Then as you go on living in recovery you start off with the same simple repetition but slowly as you heal you find new elements, new ways to enjoy life and then as you die you end back where you started.

    The "ever blind" bit, I'd say it's saying you have to always be blind to the joy that the addiction brought you to find the new possibilities.
    Default8on February 08, 2016   Link
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    General CommentOk, first the a sentence:

    I can\'t believe no one has posted to this amazing song before!!

    I think this song is about all kinds of frustration.
    Labertascheon September 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it's a good song, though i'd like it to progress farther, and to different places (main riff going on all the song). but i could say almost the same about "again", though he does progeress in some way. i guess i ecxpect them to be to much close to ping floyd (i think they really took a lot from the songs 'dogs' and 'pigs' by pink floyd in 'again').
    anyway.....i like archive very much and think they are good. i like this song very much aswell, it feels like suffering...
    aldrrian lunsfelton September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with rh(~). I couldn't have said it better myself :-P
    doornappelon January 11, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI could be off here but this is what I think the song is about:

    The song slowly builds and builds. You can hear and feel the frustration, anger, pain.

    The lyrics come in lamenting:
    Everything hurts
    It hurts to feel
    It hurts to hide
    It hurts to remember
    It hurts to wake up.

    Like he's trying so hard to be numb and escape the pain but its obviously impossible. Everything hurts. The hurts relentless.

    The hurt is killing me.

    Turn my head off.

    The music changes. It becomes somehow more optimistic, consigned to his fate, but still sad, still with the same undertow of pain, as he decides to end it all, to turn his head off.

    Turn it off forever. Finally the pain is going to end. Finally he will escape the pain. He will be able to forget, to hide, to sleep, to be ever blind.

    It slowly fades down to a simple beating tone on the piano, like the fading of a beating heart.

    The pain ends forever.

    As he walks into the lights.
    SZanzibaron October 26, 2013   Link

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