Never reaching what I want to reach
Never being who I want to be
Blaming me when I fall and fail
All my dreams splintering
Under my fingernails
Under my fingernails

I'm empty, lonely, and accused
Accused without a word
My fingernails are chipping down
From clawing in the dirt
I'm so lost, lost and confused
I threw it all away
How can I be beautiful
When I am so afraid

Never reaching what I want to reach
Never being who I want to be
Blaming me when I fall and fail
All my dreams splintering
Under my fingernails
All my dreams out of reach
Under my fingernails

I watched it all slip through my hands
My brokenness revealed
I'm so proud, I'm so proud
I'm crying to be filled
I'm killing, destroying the plague
That's killing me away
I've got to live, I've got to love
Like I am unafraid

Never reaching what I want to reach
Never being who I want to be
Blaming me when I fall and fail
All my dreams splintering
Under my fingernails
Under my fingernails

All my dreams out of reach
Under my fingernails

I'm wasting, wasting every moment
I want to be tasting
Tasting every moment with you
I'm suffering, I'm bleeding, on my knees
Who's going to save me?
Suffering, bleeding
Save me from this pit of frailty

Never reaching what I want to reach
Never being who I want to be
Blaming me when I fall and fail
All my dreams splintering
Under my fingernails
Under my fingernails

All my dreams out of reach
Under my fingernails

Never reaching me


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Fingernails Lyrics as written by Jason Schwartzmann Alexander Greenwald

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    General CommentI used to consider this my life's theme song. I never felt like I was actually doing anything worthwhile, and wanted someone to appreciate me, even if that meant acting a bit different from what I felt was the true me.

    It was this kind of attitude that almost had me go to college for engineering, but I then realized on a youth retreat with my church that I wanted to be involved in youth ministry - that's what I truly enjoyed.

    Now I'm attending Messiah College and studying youth ministry. Because of my decision, I feel more like my life has a purpose, and I don't feel like "all my dreams (are) out of reach."

    That wasn't an attempt to explain the song, just saying how it speaks to me.
    MConroy1990on February 23, 2010   Link

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