hard bark on the family tree
october leaves on massachusetts' trees.

a sight so fleetingly free

just how october leaves
just how october leaves
just how october leaves

on fire with the maple trees,
on my knees with these leaves on these boston streets,
praying to a god a godforsaken summer night stole
(one night), one fight, one family swallowed whole.

some things just fall apart
some families stand like november trees: barren and stark.
some things just fall apart
some memories continue breaking this cold heart

and some sons have a hard time
looking at things the same
looking in their father's eyes
when both their heads hang in shame

highways home become oceans
that i just can't swim
and the rusty gates of Eden lock
to never let me in.

let me in

oceans of emotions we've got to swim

well i open my eyes
i can't see that family
i can't see that home

so i'll just keep them closed

outside the door with these open arms,
with the warmth of the maple tree.

if these trees can't replaces these scars
then let their leaves just bury me

let their leaves just bury me.

Lyrics submitted by HomerunHenry

Hard Bark On The Family Tree song meanings
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    General CommentHis family, while normally a source of comfort to most, is a source of dismay. People talk about how much their family means to them and how happy they are, but he can see that this just isn't in his future. I like the dad line, maybe something along the lines of both him and his father are too proud to fix the situation. So he just stops trying to find that sense of community in his family and turns to his friends, which I assume is meant by the maples. And if that doesn't work, is there really a point in living?
    tehscotton July 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSaw them live at parkway in brisbane june..
    Loved em ever since
    how soon is now?on October 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics to this song are just so intense and sad. It's such a great song.
    Despise13on October 16, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningoh dude i love this one
    STSATS is all pretty good actually
    the ending seems the most outstanding part
    maybe the trees are friends that he's trying to look to replace his family who didn't give him enough love?
    r4tb3llyon March 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdude i saw them in adelaide with parkway too...parkway are shit though!

    i can't wait till may when have heart come back, have my ticket already! :)
    Nathankingon April 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, I love Have Heart. They're easily one of my favorite bands.

    I didn't know the music I listened to now while I lived in Massachusetts but I have so much pride in not only everything from Boston but the music from there especially. I'm not the type of girl that "looks" like she listens to music, but I know Have Heart, and this is one of my favorite songs by them. I feel like I can relate to it a lot for family reasons and its just a plain good song.

    "Some things just fall apart."
    Story of my life.
    RhondaJeanKellyon December 21, 2010   Link

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