The apparitions tango to the sound of their heels tapping,
A procession of prosthetics limbs and mannequins.
They’re all perfect models of imperfection
With a marrow made of cellophane.
Strap on your ballroom best.
Breath in and don’t exhale.
Oh, Juliet! Oh, Juliet! Deny your name your father.
Rearrange the cells that form my skin.
See them through kaleidoscope eyes
Because everybody feigns sometimes.
Blur your eyes,
Romeo.
Bend the line
Romeo
Do you like what you see!
Oh Romeo
Where are thou?
I’ve dressed up this canvas skin’ painted something colorful just for you.
Self-inflicted surgery is now routine.
It erases all traces of faces we have all known; we have all owned.
Stretch me over this
Two by four skeleton


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    General CommentThe apparitions tango
    To the sound of their heels tapping
    Procession of prosthetic limbs
    And mannequins
    They're all perfect models
    Of imperfection
    With marrow made of cellophane

    Blur your eyes, bend the lines
    Oh Juliet, oh Juliet
    Deny your name, your father
    Blur your eyes, bend the lines
    Oh Juliet, oh Juliet
    Deny your name, your father
    [[Strap on your ballroom best
    Breathe in and don't exhale
    Strap on your ballroom best
    Breathe in and don't exhale]]

    Rearrange the cells that form my skin
    See them through kaleidoscope eyes
    Because everybody feigns sometimes
    times, times..

    Blur your eyes
    And bend the lines
    Do you like what you see?
    Oh, romeo
    [[Romeo
    Romeo
    Breathe in and don't exhale
    Breathe in]]

    Where art thou?
    I've dressed up this canvas skin
    Painted it something colorful
    Self-inflicted surgery is now routine
    It erases all traces of faces

    Where art thou?
    I've dressed up this canvas skin
    Painted it something colorful
    Self-inflicted surgery is now routine
    It erases all traces of faces
    [[Stretch me over this
    2x4 skeleton]]

    Might as well blur
    Isolated

    Where art thou?
    I've dressed up this canvas skin
    Painted it something colorful
    Self-inflicted surgery is now routine
    It erases all traces of faces
    Where art thou?
    I've dressed up this canvas skin
    Painted it something colorful
    Self-inflicted surgery is now routine
    It erases all traces of faces
    Where art thou?
    I've dressed up this canvas skin
    Painted it something colorful
    Self-inflicted surgery is now routine
    It erases all traces of faces

    [[[We have all known
    We have owned
    Strap on your ballroom best/stretch me over this
    Breathe in and don't exhale/2x4 skeleton]]]
    NightPride911on April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think a large majority of the song is referring to the masked party at which Romeo and Juliet originally met.

    The only other reference I can get is self-inflicted surgery - could be sarcastically referring to slitting wrists. After all, romeo and juliet both killed themselves at the end.

    Aside from the shakespeareian reference I'm not sure what else the song could mean... if anything else. Romeo and Juliet represents enough in itself to not need to mean anything else.
    comingclean224on June 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with cosmetic surgery meaning behind the song. having to do things to your body to look a certain way, or the way someone tells you to look. (the beauty of romeo and juliet). one of the obvious, lines is at the end, "two by four skeleton", looking thin in order to be a model. and the self-inflicted surgery referring to the choice made to have plastic surgery.
    killingmachineson February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWe seem to have established this already, but the title, "...Then I Defy You, Stars", is a reference to Romeo and Juliet as well - it's what Romeo says when he finds out Juliet is "dead" and decides to kill himself.
    gymclassheroon December 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits beautiful.
    circa_survive_greenon March 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation is as follows; Take it for what you will. =)

    The apparitions tango to the sound of their heels tapping,
    A procession of prosthetics limbs and mannequins.

    [Everyone seems to be a massive party of identical "robots" or "mannequins" without the will to move/think on their own.]

    They’re all perfect models of imperfection,
    With a marrow made of cellophane.

    [They're made to be "perfect models" of human imperfection.]

    Strap on your ballroom best.
    Breath in and don’t exhale.

    [This basically seems to be an order for someone (particularly a young lady, with the reference to "ballroom best"/"breath in and don't exhale" (corsets (sp?? o.O)) to prepare themselves to become a part of the mindless majority afore-mentioned.]

    Oh, Juliet! Oh, Juliet! Deny your name your father.

    [Defy the push to conform to their will, fight to prevent becoming one of them at all costs.]

    Rearrange the cells that form my skin.
    See them through kaleidoscope eyes
    Because everybody feigns sometimes.

    [This could be a plea for someone to see them as they really are: human. They wish to be seen completely and honestly, encompassing even their worst flaws ("because everybody feigns sometimes"), because in order to be human, one has to make mistakes..since perfection is truly non-existant.]

    Blur your eyes,
    Romeo.
    Bend the line
    Romeo
    Do you like what you see!

    [Another plea to defy the conformity and to see them as what they really are..They're asking the other if they like what they're seeing in them; their honest, imperfect self]

    Oh Romeo
    Where are thou?
    I’ve dressed up this canvas skin’ painted something colorful just for you.

    [They're asking for them to "come and see" their creation, the work of art they've made themselves to be. They've taken their "canvas skin" (unoriginal, blank self/personality) and "dressed it up", making it "colorful just for [them]"..they've made themselves an individual.]

    Self-inflicted surgery is now routine.
    It erases all traces of faces we have all known; we have all owned.
    Stretch me over this
    Two by four skeleton

    [Here's where the twist of the song seems to come in..They go from becoming an individual and wishing for everyone to see them as such, to -in a sense- observing how everything seems to be going. Everyone around them is performing "self-inflicted surgery" (changing who they are and erasing what they've been to become part of the *accepted* majority) and the last lines "Stretch me over this, two-by-four skeleton" seems to say that they're realizing they're doing the same thing and becoming a part of the crowd.. ((Or perhaps they're stretching their *new* individual "skin" over themselves and in turn becoming unique.)) - Could go either way.]
    shelbo_117on December 27, 2007   Link
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    General Comment*another side-note I forgot to mention*

    The title supports all of this in that, in truth, the line from Shakespeare's play, "Romeo & Juliet" - "...Then I defy you, stars!" is literally saying that he defys *fate* and defys his destiny, which back then, was supposed to be foretold in the *stars*. Therefore, in this particular song with these lyrics, the subject is defying their own fate, and defying their own destiny -which was to become one of the mindless "mannequins" by whom they're surrounded.
    shelbo_117on December 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfor some reason the cymbals crashing or wahtever they are doing throughout the song sounds like in that game on NES ducktales, where the guy would appear and reappear
    blc43519on February 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAs said, the Romeo and Juliette thing is simply a blunt misconcaption they've made it seem like.
    The actual meaning of the song is how people change to fit in with the crowd.
    Eg, acting as someone different (not yourself) to be with the "cool kids".
    They just portray this through the R&J theme.
    Genious. Much like the rest of TREOS's music/lyrics.
    Seeth0ron July 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the most moving songs i have ever heard.

    the metaphors are so powerful and so relevant.

    genius.
    lagwagon182on June 09, 2010   Link

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