I know a man with nothing in his hands, nothing but a rolling stone
He told me about when his house burnt down, he lost everything he owned
He lay asleep for six hole weeks, they were gonna ask his mother to choose
When he woke up with nothing he said I'll tell you something
When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose
Now I've got a hole in my pocket, a hole in my shirt, a whole lot of trouble, he said
But now the money's gone, life carries on and I miss it like a hole in the head

I know a woman with kids around her ankles an a baby on her lap
She said one day her husband went to get a paper and the mother fucker never came back
Mortgage to pay and four kids to raise, keeping the wolf from the door
She said the wolf's just a puppy and the door's double locked so why you gottaworry me for
Now he left a hole in my heart a hole in a promise a hole on the side of my bed
Oh but now that he's gone well life carries on and I miss him like a hole in the head

Well sometimes you can't change and you can't choose
And sometimes it seems you gain less than you lose
Now we've got holes in our hearts, yeah we've got holes in our lives
Well we've got holes, we've got holes but we carry on

Well we've got holes in our hearts, yeah we've got holes in our lives
Well we've got holes, we've got holes but we carry on
Said we've got holes in our hearts, yeah we've got holes in our lives
Well we've got holes, we've got holes but we carry on

Said we've got holes in our hearts, we've got holes in our lives
We've got holes, we've got holes but we carry on

Said we've got holes in our hearts, we've got holes in our lives
We've got holes, we've got holes but we carry on
Said we've got holes in our hearts, yeah we've got holes in our lives
Well we've got holes, we've got holes but we carry on.


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    Occasionally things happen that leave you feeling empty or lost, but these experiences help you grow and you move on. We've got holes but we carry on.

    Karpenkoon May 03, 2015   Link
  • +2
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    I think it is about overcoming adversity. He uses the stories of the man and woman as a hyperbole of overcoming adversity

    locrjohnnoon April 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion

    Giving up is not the option... youre not the first to encounter that problem, many have met the same and some often worse, neither will you be the last. However so many of us have accepted the situation and kept on living on.

    A song to promote life, resilliance, perseverance through adversity, courage through calamity, progression over regression and depression.

    Tapsambongon October 06, 2015   Link
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    we all go through tough things in life, but we gotta keep moving on.

    joecool13on October 03, 2022   Link
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    For me, there is one line that jumps out at me: "When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose." The man lost everything in the fire, and when he didn't wake up, "they were gonna ask his mother to choose", and had they taken him off life support, he would have lost his life. All too often, we get caught up in the material things, but when he lost it all, he realised that things aren't the most important part of life. He tells how "I miss it like a hole in my head", meaning that he would rather live with that realisation than go back, have all his things again, and not know what truly matters. He doesn't regret that lesson, and he doesn't miss that past where he didn't know. Without being chained down by things, he has nothing to lose and can live his life fully. He may have lost everything, but life carries on. As for the woman, I am honestly puzzled as to who or what the wolf is, but I have two ideas. Either the wolf is the landlord, and she is trying to keep the roof over her family's head- or the wolf is simply a memory, the memory of being left, the memory of the man, the memory of what is missing. The woman says, "The wolf's just a puppy, and the door's double locked so why you gotta worry me for?" If the wolf is only a memory, by calling it a puppy, she is basically stating how that part of the past doesn't matter now. The locks may represent how she is shutting out the memory. She is no longer tied to that memory, so she isn't worried. She very well could have clung to the past, just like the man very well could have clung to things, but she realised that with or without her husband, life carries on. There are two other lines that give me ideas, but I'll address them one at a time. The first line says, "Well somtimes you can't change and you can't choose." There are some people who can go through the same scenarios and never be able change, much less, see the option to do so. The next line says, "And sometimes it seems you gain less than you lose." From the perspective of those who are skeptical to the change and all, it doesn't seem like it will quote-unquote "pay off" for them in the end. But the keyword in this line is "seems"; for those who learned and changed, they gained SO much more than they lost.

    lookoveryourshoulder44on January 20, 2020   Link

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