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"Hurt for Long" is the eighth single recorded by In Real Life, released on July 12, 2019, via Hollywood Records. It serves as the third track from their debut studio album, She Do (2019).

They first performed the song earlier that year on the 1st of June at the Cheesefest event in Wisconsin. They also performed it at Kiss the Summer Hello in Cleveland, Ohio, and at the venue, The Basement at Oskar Blues in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lyrically the song approaches a mature direction compared to the band's other songs, delving into the subject of a toxic, abusive relationship.

Background

On July 5th, In Real Life posted a teaser of a pulsing heart in pixels, before it announced "7.12.19," indicating the date of release. The band additionally changed their user profile pictures to blurred pixels, which is seen on their single's cover art on the left-hand side. The majority of the fans guessed "Hurt for Long" due to the caption being hearts with the last one broken. Three days later on July 8th, it was confirmed in a teaser video, and available to pre-save.

Photographer Thomas Crane shot and designed the cover art. He said that it was his favorite song that he heard from the band as of 2019.[1] The sound is similar to that of a video game, which becomes apparent in the chorus. Thomas Crane revealed that a year ago (presumably close or near July 2018) the song was in the process of making.

Trivia

★ Perez started the song at both the Cheesefest and Kiss the Summer Hello, but when the band performed in Colorado Springs, it was Calderon, following the single's order.

★ In the first of the three choruses, it was longer like the last two when performing it live. In the recorded version, however, it has two less lines.

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Lyrics

Sergio Calderon
Gonna be some nights when you try to fall asleep, but it's not easy
Hope you tell yourself that it's not your fault yeah, yeah
Your favorite pair of shoes, a ring or two
Those are things things you don't go back for
Don't give him an excuse to see you at all

Drew Ramos
Drunk dialing you at a quarter past two, saying he's made a mistake[note 1]
Saying there's nobody better for you,[note 2] he doesn't know I'm on my way

Chance Perez
Don't you think for a minute, he's irreplaceable[note 3]
I know he hurt you but it won't hurt for long, hurt for long
He thinks you're out of options, you're about to prove him wrong
'Cause I'm right here making sure you don't hurt for long, hurt for long
Hurt for long, hurt for long
Hurt for long, hurt for long

Drew Ramos
I'll make you forget all the pain and all the stress that he left on you
Every single second I pull you close yeah, yeah
I know you were loyal and he was spoiled
All the things he took for granted, those are all the things that I love the most
Now he's drunk dialing you at a quarter past two, saying he's made a mistake
Saying there's nobody better for you

Conor Michael Smith
But it's already too late

Brady Tutton
(But it's already too late)

Chance Perez
Don't you think for a minute, he's irreplaceable
I know he hurt you but it won't hurt for long, hurt for long
He thinks you're out of options, you're about to prove him wrong
'Cause I'm right here making sure you don't hurt for long, hurt for long
Hurt for long, hurt for long
Hurt for long, hurt for long
Hurt for long, hurt for long
'Cause I'm right here making sure you don't hurt for long, hurt for long

Brady Tutton
Make it feel like it's all in the past like
Never even happened, never even happened
Make it feel like it's all in the past like
Never even happened, never even happened

Chance Perez, Brady Tutton, Drew Ramos
Don't you think for a minute, he's irreplaceable (Don't you think for, Irreplaceable)
I know he hurt you but it won't hurt for long, hurt for long (Hurt for long)
He thinks you're out of options, you're about to prove him wrong
'Cause I'm right here making sure you don't hurt for long, hurt for long (Hey)
Hurt for long, hurt for long (Making sure you don't)
Hurt for long, hurt for long (Making sure you don't)
Hurt for long, hurt for long
'Cause I'm right here making sure you don't hurt for long, hurt for long

References

  1. Often in toxic relationships, the person may continue to return to their lover because, in this case, they think their lover can change. It also implies how the lover "accidentally" hurts her, and continues to do so despite calling it a "mistake" the first time.
  2. This suggests that the lover belittles the person, in order for them to remain together. The lover who is possessive attempts to take away the power and confidence from their partner as they themselves are self-conscious about themselves and the relationship.
  3. There may be two suggestions to this lyric. One is that the person feels unable to escape the situation or that her confidence is all gone.
  1. "Thomas Crane". Instagram. July 9, 2019.
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