These Hard Times

Matchbox Twenty

About These Hard Times

"These Hard Times" is the second single (worldwide except Australia) from rock band Matchbox Twenty's first compilation album Exile on Mainstream (2007). The video premiered on iTunes on Tuesday, February 5, 2008. It was released to Australian radio during the week of April 13. In the United States, the single performed disappointingly, failing to chart the Billboard Hot 100 but reaching the Top Ten of the Adult Top 40. It was released as a follow-up to "All Your Reasons", which was released only in Australia, and although not an official single in Australia, "These Hard Times" was serviced to radio there; it did not gain much airplay.  


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Morning falls like rain into the city life
There goes another night
Losing my breath in waves
Knowing that ever crash is bleeding the hourglass
And taking the strife, from all our lives

Everyone keeps talking
They promise you everything
But they don't mean anything

We may loose our focus
There's just too many words
We're never meant to learn
And we don't feel so alive

Say goodbye, these days are gone
And we can't keep holding on
When all we need is some relief
Through these hard times
Through these hard times

Move your hands in circles
Keeping me hypnotized
The power behind your eyes

Move around your bedroom cursing the naked sky
You should be here tonight
But you stay alone and cry

Say goodbye, these days are gone
And we can't keep holding on
When all we need is some relief
Through these hard times
(Whoa) There's something missing
(Oh whoa) You'll never feel it but you
(Oh whoa) You're gonna feel it when it's gone
When it's gone

Say goodbye, these days are gone
And we can't keep holding on
When all we need is some relief
Through these hard times
(Hey) these hard times
(Oh no, no) hard times
Hard times

Say goodbye, these days are gone
Say goodbye, these days are gone
These days are gone.

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Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty (originally spelled officially, and still sometimes known as Matchbox 20) is an American pop rock band, formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995. The group currently comprises Rob Thomas (lead vocals, piano), Paul Doucette (drums, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Kyle Cook (lead guitar, backing vocals), Brian Yale (bass guitar), and touring drummer Stacy Jones (drums). more »

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Songwriting Process
"These Hard Times" is a song written by Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, and Kyle Cook, main members of the American rock band Matchbox Twenty.
Album Information
The song is included in the band's third studio album, "Exile on Mainstream," released in 2007. This album is a combination of a greatest hits album and an EP of new songs, six in total. "These Hard Times" is one of the new tracks introduced in this album.
Chart Performance
Although "These Hard Times" was not released as a single, the album "Exile on Mainstream" achieved substantial success. It debuted at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified platinum.
Song Theme
The lyrics in "These Hard Times" express a sentiment of struggle and hardship, but with an undercurrent of resilience and the ability to overcome.
Lyrics References
Many fans believe the lyrics of "These Hard Times" refer indirectly to the issues the band had been going through in the preceding years, including problems with their record label and a line-up change.
Musical Style
Musically, "These Hard Times" showcases the band's signature style of alternative rock blended with a hint of pop, featuring a melodic vocal line and catchy, smooth rhythms.
Music Video
A music video for this song was never produced, since it was not released as a single.
Band's Perspective
In interviews, band members described "These Hard Times" as one of the songs they enjoyed most on the album due to its relatable and emotional lyrical content.
Live Performances
"These Hard Times" has been performed live several times since its release, often in a slightly stripped-down acoustic version.
Listener Reception
Fans and listeners often praise "These Hard Times" for its emotional depth and the way it reflects the fighting human spirit in the face of adversity.

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