Bodies Of Water – “Everybody Hurts”

Stereogum | October 4, 2007 - 5:05 am

Bodies Of Water On “Everybody Hurts”
“Everybody hurts – Take comfort in your friends”
It could be that we’re encouraged to take comfort in the fact that our friends are the most prevalent example of mankind living in pain (since they, like everybody else, hurt). Does being reminded of the unexceptional nature of our individual pain assuages it somehow? Maybe ? at least if we appreciate the ubiquity of pain we can?t pity ourselves.

It could be that carousing with your friends (and knowing they?re available for carousing) is the most comforting thing about them.

In the end, I think “Don?t throw your hand” is the soundest advice in the song. As bad as you feel and as messed as you are, whatever you take comfort in or don’t, just don’t start throwing your hand around.

An interesting note: I thought this meant hurling your severed hand, while Meredith thought that it meant waving your hand around spastically, like a baby. Whatever. It’s gross and weird.


Bodies of Water

Mike Mills On “Everybody Hurts”
“A fairly simple song musically, with a nice electric piano signature on it that’s really good, and of course Jonesy did fantastic strings. If anyone is kinda ‘uhhh’ about it, they’ve probably heard it too much, that’s what happens when you have songs that become big hits. When you have a song like that or ‘Losing My Religion’ they tend to pass on from belonging to us to belonging to the world at large.”

“Everybody Hurts” lyrics
When the day is long and the
night, the night is yours alone,
when you’re sure you’ve had
enough of this life, well hang on.
Don’t let yourself go,
’cause everybody cries
and everybody hurts
sometimes.

Sometimes everything is wrong.
Now it’s time to sing along–
When your day is night alone,
if you feel like letting go,
when you think you’ve had too
much of this life, well hang on.

Everybody hurts. Take comfort
in your friends.
Everybody hurts.

Don’t throw your hand. Oh, no.
Don’t throw your hand.
If you feel like you’re alone,
no, no, no, you are not alone

If you’re on your own in this life,
the days and nights are long,
when you think you’ve had too
much of this life to hang on.

Well, everybody hurts–
sometimes–
everybody cries.
everybody hurts—– sometimes.
everybody hurts, sometimes.

So, hold on, hold on.
Hold on, hold on. Hold on, hold on.
Hold on, hold on.