"A Lack Of Understanding" as written by Justin James Hayward-young, Freddie Cowan, Arni Hjorvar and Peter Robinson....
It's only been a year
But it feels like a lifetime here
How's it been for you?
Does it feel like a lifetime too?
What would you do now in light of it all?
I don't regret it in spite of it all
If I can't convince you then nobody can I guess

I've got too much time on my hands
But you don't understand
Or you won't understand

Would I make it right?
Would it make you less uptight?
What would it achieve?
What should I put up my sleeve?
What did you think would come out of it all?
That we'd quit pretending we doubted it all?
Oh you don't make me nervous, hell nobody does these days

I've got too much time on my hands
But you don't understand
Or you won't understand
I've got too much time on my hands
But you don't understand
Or you won't understand

Are you ready, are you ready, are you ready for this?
Should I shake your hand or should I give you a kiss?
Is this everything you always hoped that it would be?
We'll see...

I've got too much time on my hands
But you don't understand
Or you won't understand
I've got too much time on my hands
But you don't understand
Or you won't understand


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"A Lack of Understanding" as written by Justin James Hayward-young, Freddie Cowan, Arni Hjorvar, Peter Robinson

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    General CommentSelf explanatory, although we don't know why he has "too much time on my hands"... just a communication breakdown in a relationship.
    joe6006on April 15, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti looooooooovve them smart words :)
    snowpatrolgaryloveron April 23, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningJustin Young (Vaccines' frontman) said this about "A Lack Of Understanding"
    "This is one of our favorite songs on the record. I love its simplicity and the way it moves."

    (Source: craveonline.com/music/articles/…)
    tracyjackson June 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti think its a song about an event where he saw his father for the first time in a year, and they haven't been talking either (should i shake your hand or should i give you a kiss), since there are other songs where where he reveals that his relationship with his father isn't great

    i think it's his father who tells him he has too much time on his hands; meaning his thinks he hasn't done enough with his life to where he'd be busy; he doesn't approve of his life choices (if i can't convince you then nobody can i guess)
    timhallon August 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think the too much time on my hands part is because he's over-thinking everything throughout the rest of the song.
    transmission517on August 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about a guy who had a rellationship that ended about an year ago, but he still likes her and because they just met again he's asking her if she missed him through all this time. Since he likes her, the guy wonders if they would be fine together again, if he would change and try to get away with his defects because even after an year he doesnt feel with anyone the way he used to feel with her. He has much time to figure out what he wants in the future they could have but she wouldn't understand the way he feels, just like in the past.
    balaclavaon October 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIn my own interpretation I think that this song its about a long distance relationship and he just wanna move on with his life but the girl try to avoid the break up and pretend that they are still together.

    It's only been a year
    But it feels like a lifetime here
    How's it been for you?
    Does it feel like a lifetime too?

    Maybe he dont see her since a year but they are still a couple.

    What would you do now in light of it all?
    I don't regret it in spite of it all
    If I can't convince you then nobody can I guess

    Maybe he wanna told to her that the relationship is over but she is blind to that.

    I've got too much time on my hands
    But you don't understand
    Or you won't understand

    She dont wanna understand that he just wanna be free and alone to find another person because maybe the relationship goes wrong

    Would I make it right?

    Maybe the way to tell her the truth of the end of the relationship

    Would it make you less uptight?

    In the best possible way , to end in good terms.

    What would it achieve?
    What should I put up my sleeve?

    Finally broke up with her.

    What did you think would come out of it all?
    That we'd quit pretending we doubted it all?
    Oh you don't make me nervous, hell nobody does these days

    He is just tired of pretend to still be with someone who doesnt feel nothing at all. The first two lines make the point of the end and stop faking the relationship.


    I've got too much time on my hands
    But you don't understand
    Or you won't understand
    I've got too much time on my hands
    But you don't understand
    Or you won't understand

    Are you ready, are you ready, are you ready for this?
    Should I shake your hand or should I give you a kiss?
    Is this everything you always hoped that it would be?
    We'll see...

    This part is totally in a sarcastic way, The way that he sings that part makes me think that he is just sick of the situation. The second line says: Should I shake your hand or should I give you a kiss? he dont wanna that and just is tired of pretend do that many times. He dont wanna be with her anymore. He just wanna get away of it.

    I've got too much time on my hands
    But you don't understand
    Or you won't understand
    I've got too much time on my hands
    But you don't understand
    Or you won't understand

    Looking for freedom in a bad relationship, I guess. Awesome song.
    LuckyLighton February 02, 2013   Link

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