Bailey Zimmerman, Rock and a Hard Place: the lyrics meaning

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Bailey Zimmerman is one of the most popular country singers of the moment. He’s very active on social media, he has a strong fan base and, most important, he released a new song on June 10. The song is titled Rock and a Hard Place and people are obviously interested in understandng the real meaning of the lyrics. In this article we will explore the lines and the message that the song wants to convey.

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You can find below the official video of Rock and a Hard Place.

Bailey Zimmerman - Rock and A Hard Place (Official Music Video)

Rock and a Hard Place: inside the meaning of the lyrics

The first time Bailey referred to his new song was in this Instagram post, where he sang the first four lines andgave also a hint about the meaning: “You all ask me why I quit drinking – I realized that drinking my life away wasn’t going to ever bring you back”. The words end with an heart emoji.

Rock and a Hard Place is a painful song about the end of a relationship. Most likely Bailey is talking with the girl with whom he broke up lately, the same he talks to in his previous song, Fall In Love. The most melancholic lines of the song are placed just in the beginning, and were the ones already shared with his fan based.

We’ve been swingin’ and missin’
It ain’t broke yet but damn it needs fixin’
Been a while since your kiss felt like kissin’
It’s Just different

In the rest of the song we understand that the singer is going over again the moment where the relationship with his last girlfriend broke. He mentions a ring, alluding to a disagreement the two had towards the possibility to get married. But it’s clear that it was a complicated relationship, made of continuous struggle. So at the end of it, Bailey asks himself: “What the hell is this all for?

That’s when I lost it
Midnight in Austin
And damn I’m exhausted
What the hell is this all for?

The title “rock and a hard place” has a specific meaning: whatever direction the relationship would take at this point, we are anyway talking about a difficult, complicated evolution. And it’s painful, of course. For both: the girl is crying too. We can assume that they were both still very connected emotionally, when things went downhill and the facts convinced them to stop trying.

But in the most painful lines of the song, Bailey reminds her that giving up is a big effort as well. And confesses that he would have preferred to still try, make an additional effort and work together to make it work.

For the record
Throwing in the towel takes some effort
So I’d rather ride it out for better weather
Together

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The full lyrics of the song

We been swinging and missing
It ain’t broke yet but damn it needs fixing
Been awhile since your kiss felt like kissing
It’s just different

We’ve been talking bout forever since we been together
Something bout a ring makes you think we’re better off with
All this but we’re caught in between

A rock and a hard place
Red wine and mistakes
Tears rolling down your face
When I walked out that door

That’s when I lost it
Midnight in Austin
And damn I’m exhausted
What the hell is this all for?

Is this where it mends or it breaks?
Between a rock and a hard place

For the record
Throwing in the towel takes some effort
So I’d rather ride it out for better weather
Together

Between a rock and a hard place
Red wine and mistakes
Tears rolling down your face
When I walked out that door

That’s when I lost it
Midnight in Austin
And damn I’m exhausted
What the hell is this all for?

Is this where it mends or it breaks?
Between a rock and a hard place

We’ve been talking bout forever since we been together
Something bout a ring makes you think we’re better off with
All this but we’re caught in between a rock and a hard place

Tears rolling down your face
As I walked out that door
That’s when I lost it
Midnight in Austin
And damn I’m exhausted
What the hell is this all for?

Is this where it mends or it breaks?
How much more of this can we take?