What does Hurt mean?

Christina Aguilera: Hurt Meaning

Album cover for Hurt album cover

Song Released: 2006

Hurt Lyrics

Seems like it was yesterday when I saw your face
You told me how proud you were, but I looked away
If only I knew what I know today
Ooh, ooh

I would hold you in my arms
I would take the pain away
Thank you for all you've done
Forgive all...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 6th 2018 !⃝

    For me when I first heard this song it was just a few weeks after my son died from suicide. My son was very troubled and angry so there was a lot of tension in our home. He was just 16. For me as a parent u carry the guilt of maybe u could of done something. 11 years later I still sob uncontrollably when I hear this song. The line that talks about having the chance of just one more day so u can tell them how much Miss them since they been away completely wrecks me every time. While this song makes me cry it’s also very therapeutic. Sometimes u need to cry and release it. This song has done this for me. The first year following his death I listened to it every day on the way home from work. Cried the whole time but could then function for my other kids because I got it out. It’s really a touching sad song for me.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 7th 2007 !⃝

    this song is about her father. In the beginning of the video, it shows a little girl and her father going to a circus and seeing all of the performers. later on her dad gives her a necklace with an elaphant on it. She grows up to become a famous circus performer and has no more time for her dad. She recieves a letter one night before a show and finds out that her dad died. In the second verse she mentions him looking down upon her and asking if he was proud of who she was. She's saying sorry for all of thetimes she blamed him for what she couldn't do, and that she hurt hursef inside by hurting him. She also says that if she had just one more day, she would tell him how much she missed since he went away (since she saw him last.)

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2023 !⃝

    My interpretation of this song relates to my late husband Bob period he passed away a year after win, moved from New York to Florida with I 3 beautiful children. We're grown now period I relate the song more to him because he was an alcoholic and I thought I could have done more to help him. I always blamed him for all of our bills not being paid, the children not seeing their father much,and him. Walking out the door on me and the kids. The last time I saw my late husband was when I put him on a bus to go back to New York. And I still remember that day when my 3 kids were looking at the back window of the car crying that they wanted their daddy.i cry everyday for his forgivmess and like the song says to hear your voice again and look into your eyes to see you looking back.My late hisband and i met when we were 15 and high school swearhearts, not to mention best friends. I miss him so so very much. Thats how i interpretate this song.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 4th 2021 !⃝

    This song hit me harder than anything you could imagine. I was actually listening to music on YouTube, never heard this song before. But as I was showering, I began to cry so hard I couldn’t believe it. If I only knew then, what I know now.....
    My father whom I was so close to my entire life, but had a falling out 2 years prior, had taken his life. The regret of holding a grudge and standing my ground, after the plethora of times, I had forgiven him; Has been, and always will be, my biggest regret! Life is to short to hang onto resentment, I always figured my Dad and I would bury the hatchet, and be just fine. So I put off (unintentionally) thinking “someday” we’ll talk it out. But my someday never came. I learned a valuable lesson that none of us are promised time. So tell the ones you love, you love them. Don’t assume you have tomorrow to do so. Trust me when I say, the regret and guilt you’ll feel, is not worth it! Forgive those you love, and tell them how much they mean to you! My Dad wasn’t perfect, but Neither am I! He was my biggest cheerleader, support, and I lost the one person I had in my life that understood me, believed in me, and was proud of me. I was 38 yrs old the day my dad died, and I’m now 44, still aching over the words I left unspoken. So my friends, hear my heart when I say, let the petty crap go, I wish I would have. Love one another, and realize time is not promised. God bless

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2020 !⃝

    I wanted to write this haunted and beautiful song but Philip is my manager but I want to do something that has haunted love and be in romantic in relationships with my boyfriend it was my favorite song to sing I want to put a song about my dad because he’s in the hospital and he had chest pain. But I was praying last night and Jesus answered me with my prayers and he understands that my dad hurt his chest. When Hillary Scott told me it was painful. It felt really disappointing.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 21st 2020 !⃝

    This is about when her father raped her she felt pain, she was hurt because she was young and virgin, simple as that.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  7. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2019 !⃝

    I broke up with my boyfriend and it made me deeply sad and pain. He was a good man and he cared for me. I thought I found a right man for me. After one day when we talked about our relationship and he said I will not marry.. omg, the words he said liked a thunder killed me. I cried all day and sorrow in my heart. I couldnt blame him.. it is his choice. I just blamed myself. might be I expected him too much. Might be he treated me as his best friend only.. but what he said it made me so sorrow. I couldn't express myself to him. And this song represented my feelings and I sent to him. So he knew how hurt I am by his words.
    Thank you for all you've done, and I am sorry for blaming you. I know it is your choice..I respect for this even it hurts me.
    Thank you for create the beautiful song..

  8. anonymous
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    May 14th 2018 !⃝

    What ever you want it to Mean to any specific person. My feeling is that it’s about a gal I’ve been texting and talking with for over 2 years and claim she lives or grown up in my old stomping grounds. Started on face book as friends and turned into everyday talking and texting to me trying so desperately to meet to her within the first few months to with cancer and till this date 5/14/18 never actually seeing each other. And me treating her at times like shit for never meeting me and I’m so sorry for treating her that way for something I couldn’t do to help her and want to apologize for not being able to help her and feel guilty about it when In fact it was all in her hands to meet me and wouldn’t. And I feel guilty for treating her like shit when deep deep down I feel she either is lie in to me or wouldn’t meet me for reasons idk why. It is still goin on till this day.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 11th 2018 !⃝

    I think its about her father she did not had time for her father until it was to late and now she only regrets....

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 7th 2017 !⃝

    I think the song is about forgiveness, and to not spend what little time we have on this earth holding on to anger, and resentment, that it may be to late someday to be able to have that person that you truly love in your life if you don't let go and let live, by forgiveing, their short comings , and the mistakes or bad choices. Spend what time you have left in your or their life, by building good, happy memories before its to late. You don't want to regret not having them, when your or their time comes.

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 1st 2013 !⃝

    This way originally about her abusive father (who is still alive) but her label made her change the lyrics to sound like it was about a lost loved one (in the video's case, a father).

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 28th 2012 !⃝

    I don't think it is aboout her dad cuz i know that he is alive and he was beging her to see her, but she said no to him :) so i dont think it is about her dad :)
    Greetings from Macedonia :D the song is very popular in Macedonia as the other Aguilera's songs :)

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 13th 2012 !⃝

    David scroll down the image of the quaotisnneire use the right side there, and select the response you want. You can also fill in your thoughts if you don't choose one or the other response. At the end of the little survey there's a submit or done button, click that and you're done. Make sense?

  14. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2011 !⃝

    Aguilera (not AguilAra) wrote the lyrics in memory of her father. On radio station WAKS in Cleveland, Ohio, Aguilera said she was sorry because the last musical thing her father heard from her before he passed away was how she hated him for abusing her mother. She never got the chance to say "I'm sorry, I still love you" before he died. The grief caused so much pain that she wrote a song for him telling how she was sorry for blaming him for everything bad that happened in her parents' relationship.

  15. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2011 !⃝

    Actually, the song was written by someone else about her father, not Christina's - she just performed it.

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 10th 2009 !⃝

    It's about her dad and when he died she felt guilty.

  17. asterodera
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    Jan 11th 2009 !⃝

    I believe that this song when heard can be interpreted differently for everyone.
    Personally I inturpret it as my grandfather who I never saw as a child, whenever I'd call my grandmother would turn me away and send me home. Not knowing untill he'd passed away I thought he disliked me and thus why he didn't want to see me, so I had a negative perception of him and was raised to dislike him, however once he'd passed away I realised that he did care and it was my parent's vendetta with him that prohibited me seeing him. I just felt that I coudlnt do much to visit etc being so young and not having any say so this song brings guilt and the chorus sums up how I felt etc.

    Looking at the video it is clear that it is the father that Christina misses and that she'd pursued her dream of working in the circus at the cost of her relationship with her father, and only grew to realise this once it was too late.

    As a whole this song tells one to make the most of now and not to hold grudges/forget about people, because when it's too late then the regret is a pain that cannot be removed... kinda.

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