"Bruises" as written by Caroline Elizabeth Polachek, Jonathan Patrick Wimberly and Aaron Marshall Davis....
I tried to do handstands for you
I tried to do headstands for you
Every time I fell on you yeah every time I fell
I tried to do handstands for you
But every time I fell for you
I'm permanently black and blue, permanently blue
For you

I tried to do handstands for you
I tried to do headstands for you
Every time I fell on you yeah every time I fell
I tried to do handstands for you but every time I fell for you
I'm permanently black and blue, permanently blue

For you ooh
For you ooh
So black and blue ooh
For you ooh

I grabbed some frozen strawberries so I could ice your bruising knees
But frozen things they all unfreeze and now I taste like
All those frozen strawberries I used to chill your bruising knees
Hot July ain't good to me
I'm pink and black and blue (For you)

I got bruises on my knees for you
And grass stains on my knees for you
Got holes in my new jeans for you
Got pink and black and blue

Got bruises on my knees for you
And grass stains on my knees for you
Got holes in my new jeans for you
Got pink and black and blue

For you ooh
For you ooh
So black and blue ooh
For you ooh

Do doo do do do
Do doo do do do
Do doo do do do
Do doo do do do
Do doo do do do
Do doo do do do
Do doo do do do
Do doo do do do


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"Bruises" as written by Jonathan Wimberly Aaron Davis

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    General CommentThis song means a lot to me, because i'm in a relationship like this. :)

    I think this song is about love, and about how sometimes you'll do anything to make the other person in the relationship happy, even if means doing difficult things and having to say "I'm sorry"(example-doing handstands when you can't, trying to ice each others bruises, etc). I think the bruises might symbolize the marks that your significant other can leave on you, good or bad. The girl starts off by singing to her lover that she's constantly black and blue for him, meaning that he's left his mark on her for forever basically.

    Later on, the boy sings back about how he wants to fix the "bad" bruises he left on her with the frozen strawberries, which means to fix their problems or maybe be forgiven for past mistakes. (It kinda seems like she the one doing all the "handstands" or putting all the effort into the relationship, but that's just my personal opinion though, lol) He admits that he's black and blue for her too, and the feelings are mutual.

    Those feelings are good feelings though, because the repetition of how black and blue they both are makes it seem like the boy and girl are incredibly happy with each other, good and bad, in the end. The dark bruises and holey jeans are the hard times they've shared, but these are intertwined with the grass stains and pink bruises, which is the fun and joy they've had.

    Basically, it's about loving each other, remembering everything, and working through the good and bad. It's Commitment. :)
    nickifofickyon September 24, 2008   Link

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