"For The First Time" as written by Daniel John O'donoghue and Mark Anthony Sheehan....
She's all laid up in bed with a broken heart
While I'm drinking Jack all alone in my local bar
And we don't know how we got into this mad situation
Only doing things out of frustration

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
She needs me now but I can't seem to find a time
I've got a new job now in the unemployment line
And we don't know how we got into this mess it's a gods test
Someone help us 'cause we're doing our best

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
But we're gonna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Saying things we haven't for a while, a while yeah
We're smiling but we're close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time

She's in line at the dole with her head held high
While I just lost my job but didn't lose my pride
But we both know how we're gonna make it work when it hurts
When you pick yourself up you get kicked to the dirt

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
But we're gonna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Doing things we haven't for a while, a while yeah
Smiling but we're close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time

Drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Saying things we haven't for a while, a while yeah
We're smiling but we're close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time
For the first time
Oh, for the first time
Yeah, for the first time
Just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they're making us crazy
Don't give up on me baby
Oh these times are hard
Yeah they're making us crazy
Don't give up on me baby

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they're making us crazy
Don't give up on me baby

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they're making us crazy
Don't give up on me baby


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"For the First Time" as written by Daniel John O'donoghue, Mark Anthony Sheehan

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  • +8
    General CommentDanny O'Donoghue of The Script told the story behind the song in an interview with Merrick, Dools & Ricki-Lee on Sydney radio station Nova 96.9. Said O'Donoghue: "The song 'For the First Time' was about a time when we got back after touring around the world. We wanted to press palms with the people who had really gotten us there, and we got home and realised there's a stark reality out there, the recession has hit, people are losing their jobs and their valuable things, and we thought, this almost pales in comparison to our news. We started the song, and it ended up being a bit bleak and we felt we really needed a great message in these, to turn it around... so we needed a message of hope, as being are being stripped of all these things they're realising what's really important. It's all about going back to basics, drinking cheap wine, eating your dinner off the floor. That's when you meet each other for the first time, when you have nothing."
    michael1986on August 27, 2010   Link
  • +7
    General CommentMichael1986, you hit the nail on the head.

    The song is about the a couple who are struggling on a day by day basis. They both seem to be suffering in their own way ("She's all laid up in bed with a broken heart; While I'm drinking jack all alone in my local bar") about being unemployed and having no job / money to fall back on.

    I love this song because I recently lost my job. I struggle day in, day out trying to make amends. I'm slowly eating through my savings and credit card and in debt. I also feel my partner silently suffering through the pain but I refuse to show it ("Smiling but we're close to tears"). I silently cry alone though...

    "How we got into this mess is it God's test?" I don't know but we are learning more about being in poverty and the importance of the small simpler things in life. When we get out of this mess, I believe we'll turn out to be much better people. We both have seen hell and wouldn't wish it upon anyone.

    We're now literally drinking cheap bottles of wine and only starting to "connect" to each other again. It makes me realise the more important thing is to have each other around to support one another. Times are definitely hard but through the struggles we have had over the past 4-5 months, we are a lot of a closer couple... "We just now, got the feeling, that we're meeting for the first time"



    I'm glad there are artists out there that can really connect to these situations that can happen to anyone. 10/10 song!
    lafayaon August 28, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentSo perfect. I could play this song on repeat forever.
    emalishon July 31, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIt's a song about two people who've been in love, but they've got lost along the way and forgotten what they mean to each other. "Tryna make it work but man these times are hard" shows just how lost they've become.. but the feeling that they're "meeting for the first time" shows that they can fall in love all over again, they just have to remember why they did in the first place and not give up. Beautiful band, beautiful lyrics, beautiful song :)
    Rachel247xon August 21, 2010   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningThis is an amazing song. i think it's about a couple who are in love that went there separate ways for a while. the stress of life got between them (No jobs,bills,Feeling unworthy due to the fact that there successful) and there both pretending like everything's ok when it's not.(Smiling but where close to tears)they later realized that they where made for one another, most likely they meet up in the future and it was like meeting for the first time. they fell in love all over again!
    ShaheemHowardBealeCarteron September 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment i absolutely love love love this and it makes you remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and things can be good even if everything seems bad. i think many people can relate to this because of the ard times in the world at the moment and the fact that people go through hard times all the time, everyday. i love the music in this and the fact that its a really simple song. i cant wait for the rest of the album.
    lollipoploveon September 07, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFor me, this song is about falling in love with the same person all over again and experiencing that awesome feeling like 'you just met for the first time' again. It's definitely one of those lovely songs that I could listen to all day long - no doubt on that : )
    jycnnzn09on November 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heard on a radio it´s about a friend of the band has some problems with his job (commercial crisis) so he had to find a new one where he has to work a lot

    ("She needs me now but I can't seem to find the time
    I got a new job now in the unemployment line")


    They can't handle the situation because it´s the first time after her strong relationship they meet something like this.... furthermore they´re so frustrated that they´re mean to the other one so it´s a hard time.

    ("And we don't know how
    How we got into this mad situation
    Only doing things out of frustration
    Tryna make it work but man these times are hard")


    But they still love each other and they know they can overstand it, at least him, so it goes:

    "Oh these times are hard
    Yeah they're making us crazy
    Don't give up on me baby"


    Such a beautiful song <3
    Princesshaliciouson December 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI feel like this song is about a young couple getting hit with the recession.
    That they've known each other for a while, and are now out in the real world, and the guy lost his job, causing them to fight and him to drink.
    "She's all laid up in bed with a broken heart, while i'm drinking jack all alone in the local bar"

    Well, they just sit down one night with cheap wine, talking all night about their problems, and saying things they haven't for a while (how much they mean to each other)

    "We just now, got the feeling, that we're meeting for the first time"
    means that they now see each other at their worst, and its like they are meeting for the first time without the fluff of first teenage love. (Seeing them as a real person)

    That's just what i think :)
    roseyxoon January 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm just gonna say I love this song a helluva lot!
    WannabePunkEmoKidon August 30, 2010   Link

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