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Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels lyrics

Husband don't know what he's done
Kids don't know what's wrong with mum
She can't say, they can't see, putting it down to another bad day
Daddy don't know what he's done
Kids don't know what's wrong with mum
So this is how it feels to be lonely
This is how it feels to be small
This is how it feels when your word means nothing at all
Black car drives through the town, some guy from the top estate
Left a note for a local girl, and yet he had it all on a plate
So this is how it feels to be lonely
This is how it feels to be small
This is how it feels when your word means nothing at all
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Husband don't know what he's done
Kids don't know what's wrong with mum
She can't say, they can't see, putting it down to another bad day
So this is how it feels to be lonely
This is how it feels to be small
This is how it feels when your word means nothing at all
So this is how it feels to be lonely
This is how it feels to be small
This is how it feels when the world means nothing at all



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    It's about domestic abuse to me.

    Husband don't know what he's done - intoxicated or an ignorant arse who thinks it's acceptable.
    Kids don't know what's wrong with mum - why is mum scared, or hurting but not explaining why, or maybe hiding it, but not perfectly.
    They can't see - abusive partners aren't going to do it in front of witnesses, including children, and the victim will often hide the abuse.
    They can't know - kids are too young to understand.
    This is how it feels to be lonely - an abuser will often cut a victim off from family, friends, and sometimes the world around them. Even if a victim isn't cut off, not being able to tell about something that can be so horrific is an isolating experience.
    This is how it feels to be small. This is how it feels when your word means nothing at all - in an abusive relationship, the abuser will often seek total control, be jealous or suspicious, and minimize the victim's opinions and comments.
    Black car drives through the town, some guy from the top estate - cheating, abuse and suspicion are not exclusive to any class.
    Left a note for a local girl, and yet he had it all on a plate - cheating, accusations and jealousy become a control mechanism in many abusive relationships.
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    Ok so the original lyric was "seems they found him under a train" this was replaced by "left a note for a local girl" for the radio edit! This is the sad story of depression and suicide, the father/husband is suffering, but as with all depression sufferers he covers it really well and nobody knows about it. The lyric "Husband/Daddy don't know what he's done" means he doesn't know what sort of turmoil and upset he has left behind. The kids don't know yet, but they can see their mum suffering, she doesn't know how to tell them they're father has committed suicide. The black car driving through the town refers to the hearse taking him to his funeral.
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    neiltheblue
    It's only a hunch, but has mum had an affair with 'some guy from the top estate', he's committed suicide and left a note which didn't mention her name but she knew it was about her. Not sure where the 'yet he had it all on a plate' fits in.
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    nufcac
    Neiltheblue is right as far as I can see.
    Mum is having an affair with some guy from the top of the estate, he has killed himself leaving a note for her. She can't express her grief at loosing her lover to her family. As such, she is feeling lonely and the family don't know what wrong with her. The 'word means nothing' at all refers to her breaking her word by breaking her marriage vows. Therefore, when your word means nothing you feel lonely.
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