A relationship doesn't show its true colors of love until the "times are hard". Which is what is meant by "Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time"
Most men don't know how to react to lost employment and it often cause them to withdraw emotionally and physically from their mates. Which is what is meant by
" She's all laid up in bed with a broken heart
While I'm drinking Jack all alone in my local bar"
"She needs me now but I can't seem to find a time"
"While I just lost my job but didn't lose my pride"
The man in this relationship is going to try his best to deal with the problem and even talking out the problem with his mate all the while drawing close to her again. Which is what is meant by "Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
But we're gonna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Doing things we haven't for a while, a while yeah
Smiling but we're close to tears"