our guise is that of an apparition
enthralled in the vanity of self-worship
our robe our crown
as much a part of us as the very marrow in our bones
we'll have you begging for your mother in the morning
(we grace you with our presence and then we curse you for your acceptance)
your father is out
he's damn right he should be worried
they'll call you jane doe
one in a million
one and the same
one empty chamber
one less to blame
(this is a failing institution and i've failed to notice)
i've learned not to despise this sentiment
complacency invokes atrophy's embrace
and so what if i can't leave this room?
that never stopped us before
(i've learned to forget my desires)


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    General Commentpossibly one of the best songs ever.
    i've had it on repeat
    for what seems like forever.
    lunchXtimeeon November 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthell yeah!!! this song owns.
    my favorite since the beginning!
    850056on February 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNot sure, but it sounds like it is about how everyone is all caught up in vanity and trivial matters. But the narrator has come to terms with this, and no longer wishes to change the world, because despite everyones obsession with such nonessential things he is free to be/do what he wants.
    Klausflorideon May 21, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"we'll have you begging for your mother in the morning"
    best part of the song.

    It reminds me of ww2 and the nazi's. Especially the part
    "one in a million
    one and the same
    one empty chamber
    one less to blame"
    Saosin777on August 19, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Send you here for life. Thats exactly what they think." and the "Radical." part at the end.

    I think Klausfloride has the meaning down.
    MelMayhemTM.on September 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThey send you here for life, and that's exactly what they take.

    btw those parts are only on the ep
    kaigonon September 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe beginning part you're talking about
    "Send you here for life, that's exactly what they take."
    It's from one of my all time favorite movies.
    The Shawshank Redemption.
    That line is Morgan Freeman.
    phenomx87on September 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentby the way, this song is sooooo much better on the ep.
    phenomx87on September 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto follow up on Klausfloride's comment and phenomx87's reference:

    the entire Morgan Freemam quote from The Shawshank Redemption is:

    "..these walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, it gets so you depend on 'em. That's 'institutionalized'...They send you here for life and that's exactly what they take, the part that counts anyway."

    This is what Freeman's character Red says about another character named Brooks. He refers to the jail and claims that it takes the quality of being independent from a person.

    this fits well with the ending of Are You OK Kiddo?

    "i've learned not to despise this sentiment
    complacency invokes atrophy's embrace
    and so what if i can't leave this room?
    that never stopped us before
    (i've learned to forget my desires)"

    so the complacency/comfort of having been 'institutionalized' to a jail or room by society is
    exactly what hhll talks about. It's the dependency on that new surrounding or the rejection of a new environment that comes directly from the isolation they suffered.

    not ONLY does the narrator of the song give up on trying to change the world, he's given up on trying to be a part of it. fuck it. he'll stay in his room. it's never stopped him before.
    alexiuson January 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentso my interpritation of this is entirly different of everyones.
    i think that the ep versions intro quote has to do with the song.
    saying that, i think the song is about prison, or jail.
    and compairing it to the state of the world and the inablity to change it. and the last line, "and so what if i can't leave this room?
    that never stopped us before
    (i've learned to forget my desires)"
    i think its talking about sex, it wouldnt be the first time in a heavy heavy low low song, they seem to fit that in to alot of there songs.

    also the "thell call you jane doe" part and the "well have you begging for you mother in the morning-your father is out" part
    is also making a refrince to sex, and how guys generalize women, giving her a generic name, but still a good time.

    a few thoughts on that song.
    gregkarneson August 08, 2008   Link

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