"Is Anybody Home?" as written by Michael Maida and Arnold Lanni....
Goodbye, the future's sold out
There's no use screaming
Who thought we'd ever get this far

Tonight, your faith has come down
To money & a TV
Psychics who've never been to mars
And nazis breast feeding
I know you must be upset
I can't find meaning
I'm sorry, we're sorry
We're all scared, all scared

Hey is anybody home
Has anybody wasted tears on the loneliness
That everyone becomes

Goodnight, the truth has come out
Everyone's needy
White teeth, a ticket to meet god
Be all that you envy
The shotgun under your bed has
Started breathing
You shot it, you shot it
I'm bare, I'm bare

Hey, is anybody home
Has anybody painted fear
On the bedroom walls that save us from


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"Is Anybody Home?" as written by Michael Maida Arnold Lanni

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  • +2
    My InterpretationHere is my interpretation of the first part. I've heard a lot of explanations that don't make sense, this one can be verified.

    Tonight, your faith has come down to money & a TV
    (Basically saying that people worship the dollar and believe what the media says, whether they realize it or not)

    Psychics who've never been to Mars and Nazi breastfeeding
    (I've heard some wild interpretations of this line and I assure you there are simple and logical explanations. The first part refers to psychic journeys or "remote viewing" a pseudoscientific phenomenon that has several psychics describing places they never been, especially those that are unlikely to be confirmed [the planet Mars is a favorite]. The second refers to "breastfeeding nazis" a derogatory term for advocates of breastfeeding who believe that bottle feeding adversely affects the infant. You can google these if you want. I think he chooses to say Nazi breastfeeding instead of breastfeeding nazi cause if you're flipping through the channels and seeing different talk show topics you might think they're really talking about literally breastfeeding a nazi if you don't listen to the actual context)

    I know you must be upset, I can't find meaning
    I'm sorry, we're sorry, we're all scared, all scared
    (This is about trying to make sense of it all, people often don't put effort into this or don't know where to look for answers and are in fear of some end that they believe is coming but don't know when)
    papageno19on January 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me its about the frustration of living. trying to figure out what its all about and what your are suppose to do. sometime its gets to be too much and you just wanna kill yourself (with the shotgun under your bed) to see if there is actually a god.
    42OLPeaceon April 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentumm thought i would write a short run over as some of the ideas people mentiond in a little more formal way. and better term use.

    The song is a critique of post-modern society
    The lose of faith in anything not material I.e. ultimate reality (god)
    The dominances of the nihilist abyss which as swallowed society
    And the failure of liberalism which has lead to a consumerist religion of faith in the market
    More specifically
    “Goodbye, the future's sold out
    There's no use screaming
    Who thought we'd ever get this far
    Tonight, your faith has come down”

    Can be take in a few different ways, the 1st 2 lines talk about the loss of hope and faith of anything to come. Second line explains to those that there is nothing that can be done, its to late society is lost.

    “who thought we’d ever get this far” – about the idea coming from the enlightenment they saw it as a good thing and now the consequences of it are nothing that was expected slave states- and faithless mass. (though it was identified by the existentialists as what was to come)

    “Faith has come down to..
    To money & a TV
    Psychics who've never been to Mars
    And nazis breast feeding
    I know you must be upset”

    About the loss of real faith, and turn towards the market as a religions and other pseudo-faiths

    “I can't find meaning
    I'm sorry, we're sorry
    We're all scared, all scared”

    Nothing more true. With awash in the abyss, with no meaning (even langue when looking with the post- structuralises lens). Meaning can only be invented, and is absurd.
    To anyone whom comes face to face with the true of this reality (not Truth) it is a very fighting thing.

    “Goodnight, the truth has come out
    Everyone's needy
    White teeth, a ticket to meet God”

    Talks about the need in our society to get “love” (or utility the call it) and by physical image of things, to get to the ultimate goal. A selling out of faith.

    “Be all that you envy
    The shotgun under your bed has
    Started breathing
    You shot it, you shot it
    I'm bare, I'm bare”

    Not sure here. So I will not try.


    ”Hey, is anybody home
    Has anybody painted fear
    On the bedroom walls that save us from . .”

    The bring back a idea of aesthetics and the importance of art? maybe

    “bedroom walls” division?


    Alienation is also another thyme that seems to be involved which is also part of the current post-modern urban-techno society.
    mystic_of_don April 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentumm thought i would write a short run over as some of the ideas people mentiond in a little more formal way. and better term use.

    The song is a critique of post-modern society
    The lose of faith in anything not material I.e. ultimate reality (god)
    The dominances of the nihilist abyss which as swallowed society
    And the failure of liberalism which has lead to a consumerist religion of faith in the market
    More specifically
    “Goodbye, the future's sold out
    There's no use screaming
    Who thought we'd ever get this far
    Tonight, your faith has come down”

    Can be take in a few different ways, the 1st 2 lines talk about the loss of hope and faith of anything to come. Second line explains to those that there is nothing that can be done, its to late society is lost.

    “who thought we’d ever get this far” – about the idea coming from the enlightenment they saw it as a good thing and now the consequences of it are nothing that was expected slave states- and faithless mass. (though it was identified by the existentialists as what was to come)

    “Faith has come down to..
    To money & a TV
    Psychics who've never been to Mars
    And nazis breast feeding
    I know you must be upset”

    About the loss of real faith, and turn towards the market as a religions and other pseudo-faiths

    “I can't find meaning
    I'm sorry, we're sorry
    We're all scared, all scared”

    Nothing more true. With awash in the abyss, with no meaning (even langue when looking with the post- structuralises lens). Meaning can only be invented, and is absurd.
    To anyone whom comes face to face with the true of this reality (not Truth) it is a very fighting thing.

    “Goodnight, the truth has come out
    Everyone's needy
    White teeth, a ticket to meet God”

    Talks about the need in our society to get “love” (or utility the call it) and by physical image of things, to get to the ultimate goal. A selling out of faith.

    “Be all that you envy
    The shotgun under your bed has
    Started breathing
    You shot it, you shot it
    I'm bare, I'm bare”

    Not sure here. So I will not try.


    ”Hey, is anybody home
    Has anybody painted fear
    On the bedroom walls that save us from . .”

    The bring back a idea of aesthetics and the importance of art? maybe

    “bedroom walls” division?


    Alienation is also another thyme that seems to be involved which is also part of the current post-modern urban-techno society.
    mystic_of_don April 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAs an American (though I only speak for myself)...

    "Goodbye, the future's sold out
    There's no use screaming
    Who thought we'd ever get this far"

    We've sold out (along with generations before us) to false wars, big money/banks/oil, useless political polarization and will continue to do so to our end.
    The forces that seek to form our thoughts and control our wallets cannot be stopped. There's no use trying to fight the system; it has become too powerful (imo, we would need to start over).
    ...and with all these problems that just seem to get worse, it's amazing to think we even made it this far.

    "I know you must be upset..."

    The growing resentment because of any number of things... the financial crisis, lost jobs, government, meddling in/making a mess of foreign affairs, double standards, medication culture, loss of perceived privacy, media indoctrination, force-fed civil (e.g., gay) rights, integration and "multiculturalism". And then, the people who are upset or apathetic because they have a feeling that something is not right and don't know what it is or don't know what they can do about it.

    "Hey is anybody home
    Has anybody wasted tears on the loneliness
    That everyone becomes"

    Possibly the loss of family structure (nobody is home) and general "togetherness" leading to a society of lonely people who seek out personal success and wealth over a sense of cohesion.

    "Has anybody painted fear
    On the bedroom walls that save us from..."

    The walls that we've erected around ourselves really don't save us from anything, even though we are led to believe that our neighbors are our enemies (everyone's a potential terrorist). Have we (or they) gone so far as to place that fear inside the very spaces we consider to be most safe?

    Maybe I'm a tad pessimistic? :)
    Ange1Rob0ton April 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho's supposed to be home?
    Dustin McCookon December 14, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDan's getting fatter.
    Dustin McCookon December 14, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is saying that everyone gets lonly and cries sometimes, but you gotta get up and deal with it.
    KETCHUP!!
    PuNkKeTcHuPon April 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is saying.. everything is messed up.. we all have our bad, lonely times so oh well
    RebeccaSaxonon April 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is saying that TV and money steal your souls and that everyone is just living in a lonely world.
    BipolarBearson May 15, 2002   Link

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