The amount of pills I'm taking (the amount of pills I'm taking)
Counteracts the booze I'm drinking (counteracts the booze I'm drinking)
And this vanity I'm breaking (and this vanity I'm breaking)
Lets me live my life like this
And well I find it hard to stay
With the words you say
Oh baby let me in, oh baby let me in

Well I'll choose the life I've taken
Never mind the friends I'm making
And the beauty that I'm faking
Lets me live my life like this
And well I find it hard to stay
With the words you say
Oh baby let me in, oh baby let me in

And you can cry all you want to
I don't care how much you'll invest yourself in me
We're not working out, we're not working out
We're not working out (we're not working out)
And you can't touch my brother
And you can't keep my friends
And we're not working out and we're not working out
This time I mean it
Never mind the times I've seen it

Well I hope I'm not mistaken
By the news I heard from waking
And it's hard to say I'm shaken
By the choices that I make
And well I find it hard to stay
With the words you say
Oh baby let me in, oh baby let me in

Well I'll choose this life I've taken (choose this life I've taken)
Never mind the friends I'm making (friends I'm making)
And I get a little shaken (I get a little shaken)
Because I live my life like this
And well I find it hard to stay
With the words you say
Oh baby let me in, oh baby let me in

And you can cry all you want to
I don't care how much you'll invest yourself in me
We're not working out, we're not working out
And you can't keep my brother
And you won't fuck my friends
And we're not working out and we're not working out
This time I mean it
Never mind the times I've seen it

Never again, never oh oh oh, well never again
(You can cry all you want to)
Ne-Never, never, well never again
(I don't care how much you'll invest yourself in me)
Ne-Never, never
(You can cry all you want to
I don't care how much you'll invest yourself...)
Oh baby, let me, oh baby, oh baby, oh baby, let me in
Oh baby, let me in
I'm knocking, let me in
Oh baby, let me in
Oh baby, let me in
I'm knocking, let me in
Oh baby, let me in
Oh baby, let me in


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Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentI'm not quite sure if this song is mainly just a "breakup" song. In my opinion song it really isn't about an ex-girlfriend at all. This song seems to be all about vanity and putting up a false images for others. The person the guy is so upset with is himself. This is just my opinion so don't yell and curse at me if you don't agree, but here is my theory. The main character of the song is furious with himself for having this "beauty that I'm faking". He argues with himself throughout the course of the song and warns this fake version of himself not to "touch his brother" or "keep his friends". That's my opinion anyway.
    Bella_Muerteon January 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentok two theories here....
    1) self examination. it seems like he's talking to himself. the first verse in a way that you try to tell yourself not to care, but you can't help but notice you're going in a downward spiral. later int he song it seems like it's getting more to a point where one might be screaming at oneself in the mirror, realizing what your life is really like, "and you can't touch my brother
    and you can't keep my friends". you're not the same person anymore. also the "oh baby let me in"'s seem to fit well with this concept becasue he talks about the vanity he's breaking and beauty that he's faking, as if asking to be the mask that he sees in the mirror.
    2) basic breakup version.... like an ex coming around and seeing how fucked up his life is getting and his reply would be the song. i like this idea just because it makes the song have a real "now you give a fuck" vibe to it....
    however the first version would almost be the opposite, trying not to care, and eventually not caring, which in the end could turn out to be a situation that would force you to look at yourself and stop or die.... yes i know i sound stupid and cheesy right now, mainly because i am. i haven't slept more than an hour per night all week.... and i have chronic fatigue, which basicly turns me into a tired body that starts laughing at random moments. not a good combo.... sleeping pills must be the food of angels (or the devil... that makes much more sense right now). anyway that's what i think at the moment, as ridiculous as it may be.
    get_me_out_of_hereon September 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so bitter.
    and bitter songs are always the best.
    <3
    enfiladeon March 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"the amount of pills i'm taking counteracts the booze i'm drinking" that line is so goddamn great! i love it! this song is of the ones on the album i call the "you can't make them any better 'cause they are perfect" songs. the other ones are "vampires will never hurt you", "early sunsets over monroeville" and "demolition lovers"!!!
    MyChemicalThursdayon April 21, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with some of the comments here saying that it's about him choosing the drugs over the girl & him telling her to fuck off & obviously he's said things to kinda confirm things...

    but for some reason whenever i hear this song & look at the lyrics i think of a self-destructive relationship. like partners in crime, the whole romantic idea of being in love/and in love with drugs, doing drugs together, & everybody knows coke can make you super edgy, you get in fights with people you love.

    kinda like they're addicted to the drugs & addicted to each other too.

    here:

    the amount of pills I'm taking
    counteracts the booze I'm drinking
    and this vanity I'm breaking
    lets me live my life like this

    ---this pretty much explains itself, except i agree with one of the other comments when they said vanity could be a different meaning in this part of the song then the other part. the vanity being a mirror, breaking lets him continue his drug use.----

    and well I find it hard to stay
    with the words you say
    oh baby let me in

    ---it could possibly be she's trying to get him to get clean. or it could be that when they're high she gets into fights with him & it hurts him so he walks out on her or says he's leaving her, but he ends up coming back-----

    well I'll choose the life I've taken
    never mind the friends I'm making
    and the beauty that I'm faking
    lets me live my life like this

    ---he's realizing how he's changed from the drugs/booze but now he doesn't really care anymore, like the expression "he's made his bed, now he's gotta lie in it"...& through his addiction he meets friends/drug users/dealers who are a part of that lifestyle. he's trying to make it seem like he's ok with everything that's going on & that he's "in control" but he realizes he isn't but doesn't let anyone else know. he's keeping up appearances to people that matter & acts like he's fine but behind their backs he's still as addicted as ever.

    and well I find it hard to stay
    with the words you say
    oh baby let me in

    --------same as before pretty much----

    and you can cry all you want to
    i don't care how much you'll invest yourself in me
    we're not working out

    ---this part totally fits with the whole, girls trying to get him clean thing. i'm not really sure what other stuff i could think of for it...maybe that he attempts to get off the drugs but she doesn't? so he finally leaves her idk---- oh or it's DEFINITELY a break up either way but maybe he's just sick of the whole fighting thing & fed up with that, but she says she's sorry & needs him but he doesn't care---

    and you can't touch my brother
    and you can't keep my friends
    and we're not working out
    this time I mean it
    never mind the times I've seen it


    -----i remember vaguely that both him AND mikey were known as "the chemical brothers" in NJ so i'm assuming mikey was into drugs too somewhat...and the people they hung out with/the people he met through the new "life" he was in were into drugs too.
    maybe after he & the girl were through (i don't think either she or him were clean at this point) she went after his brother & friends OR that she just kept hanging out with them even though he wanted nothing to do with her anymore & he told her stay away----


    well I hope I'm not mistaken
    by the news I heard from waking
    and it's hard to say I'm shaken
    by the choices that i make


    ---i think this is about he wakes up the next day after he breaks up with her & he finds out that she OD'd that night. he's "shaken" because he's like woah she did too much, she died, that could have been me...----


    well I'll choose this life I've taken
    never mind the friends I'm making
    and I get a little shaken
    because I live my life like this


    ---he decides he doesn't care still (or he's extremely addicted & can't stop), & he's gonna continue being self-destructive even if it DOES kill him. but he still does think think about the bad things of the way he's living but it's not enough to scare him into getting clean.----


    and you can cry all you want to
    i don't care how much you'll invest yourself in me
    we're not working out


    ----same as before----

    and you can't keep my brother
    and you won't fuck my friends
    and we're not working out

    ---pretty much the same as before but now he's found out that she's not only still hanging around his friends but she's fucking them too.----


    this time I mean it
    never mind the times i've seen it
    never again

    ---this is still when he's breaking up with her. he's saying that he's not gonna back down, he's leaving for good. he'll never go back to her again---(possibly when he's high & they're screaming at each other, he decides he's done)----

    oh baby let me in
    I'm knocking let me in

    ----he goes back to her. maybe he's come down now & regrets what he said when he was high & wants to apologize & tell her he didn't mean it. but now she's not letting him in, so he's pleading with her---



    sorrry for the rambling, it's like 5am right now lol. not saying this is what it actually means but that's what i think of when i listen to the song :)

    xo
    xxcitylightson January 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"and you can cry all you want to
    i don't care how much you'll invest yourself in me "..best lyric and part of the song !
    crashintomeon March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is good....for me its kinda saying fuck you i can live with my life..why cant you ?
    very good lyrics!
    sadpunkergurlon March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the best song off of "i brought you my bullets, your brought me your love." the energy you hear in gerard's voice is amazing. this song makes me want to fuck shit up.
    flowiejoie6on March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the best song off of "i brought you my bullets, your brought me your love." the energy you hear in gerard's voice is amazing. this song makes me want to fuck shit up.
    flowiejoie6on March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCrazy song. So fast paced and great lyrics. I love that raspy scream when he says i dont "care" it just gets me every time. Mcr, amazing band i am seeing them live soon with Thrice (Fav band), the used, and story of the year (great band, purely insane).
    dumpweed049on March 28, 2003   Link

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