"Sometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail" as written by and Tom Denney Jeremy Mckinnon....
You wanna take, take, take, take, take it away from me (take it away from me)
You can't wait, wait, wait, wait, wait till I'm stumbling
Go get carried away

Go!

And the fears sets in, in an instant
Too much of myself gets exposed
This is where I go at my weakest,
When I don't have to be scared to tell the truth

Tend to do my best when everything goes wrong
That's why sad songs make me happy, 'cause I don't have to feel alone

You wanna take, take, take, take, take it away from me (take it away from me)
You can't wait, wait, wait, wait, wait till I'm stumbling
No, you've got me wrong
Oh the nights are long with no one else around
You wanna take, take, take, take, take it away from me
Go get carried away

It's never what you've done, it's what you've done lately
Who cares what you're saying, if no ones listening
You don't have to like me, but you're gonna respect me
I that came from nothing, leave hope in my wake

I got no regrets, but have my days with doubt
To those left in sadness I'll be the one to lead you out

You wanna take, take, take, take, take it away from me (take it away from me)
You can't wait, wait, wait, wait, wait till I'm stumbling
No, you've got me wrong
Oh the nights are long with no one else around
You wanna take, take, take, take, take it away from me
Go get carried away

I reserve my right to feel uncomfortable reserve my right to be afraid
I make mistakes and I am humbled every step of the way
I want to be a better person I wanna know the master plan
Cast your stones, cast your judgement, you don't make me who I am

I reserve my right to feel uncomfortable reserve my right to be afraid
I make mistakes and I am humbled every step of the way
I want to be a better person I wanna know the master plan
Cast your stones, cast your judgement, you don't make me who I am

God help those who help themselves, and forget about everyone else
You lost your nerve, you missed the point
God help those with open hands, may they never feel burden again
Yeah I'll stand up for those who can't
I'll close the distance


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"Sometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail" as written by Tom Denney Jeremy Mckinnon

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    General CommentI think this is just about a person (probably just personally coming from Jeremy/the band) who just feels put down for being who he is. I think it's just about not being afraid to stand up for yourself and that you should stand up for others and don't be a bully. My favorite quote from this song and one of my favorites from the album is " Cast your stones, cast your judgement, you don't make me who I am". He means that people may think things about you because they don't understand you or your values, but you know who you are and that can't be taken away from you c:
    ivorytowersxxon December 20, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who falling apart and they want to make things right, but they don't want people to help them once they fall. They want help before they fall.
    ADTRforeveron October 09, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about being in a relationship where the other person keeps belittling u and treating u like shit and he's going to stand up for himself and not going to take it anymore. Yeah he might be lonely at the end of it all and he knows he's not a perfect person but he deserves so much better and has to much self respect to let it go on. And for any1 going threw the same thing but is to afraid to speak up for them selves he will speak up for you.
    Xmiaxoxoon October 13, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretationi think its about a kid who keeps on getting bullied and is sorta an outcast and doesn't want to lose there dignity so he stands up for himself in the wrong way by getting into a fight gets dragged to the principals office the school thinks the kid hit the bully first randomly and the kid tells the principal:

    I reserve my right to feel uncomfortable reserve my right to be afraid. I make mistakes and I am humbled every step of the way. I want to be a better person. I wanna know the master plan. Cast your stones, cast your judgement, you don't make me who I am.

    then the kid says: God help those who help themselves, and forget about everyone else. You lost your nerve, you missed the point. God help those with open hands, may they never feel burden again. Ya I'll stand up for those who can't. I'll close the distance.
    it means the kid will stand up for others being bullied and that someone should help those kids and forget about the other people (the bullys, or at least do something about it)
    sarahbreueron January 01, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the title simply could be translated into: sometimes you're the one who needs to help others, sometimes you're the one who needs to get helped by others. In this case the Hammer is someone strong who can support the weak one (the nail).

    Otherwise, it could also mean that the Hammer is the one who puts someone else (the nail) down, buy bullying him or anything else. So the title means that, eventhough you are a "strong" Hammer who is bullying others, you always could end up becoming a nail who gets bullied by a hammer, so never treat people in a bad way.

    That's it for the title, the lyrics were summed up pretty well by the user ivorytowersxx in my opinion. :)
    Teppichrasenon September 28, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is amazing there's a lot of inspiration and honesty in it. I love the lyrics!
    FALL1N43VAon July 14, 2016   Link

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