"Masquerade" as written by Thomas Rainer, Johnnie Llewellyn Clapper and Ashley Dayour....
My only friend was solitude
And only darkness seemed to care
So I forged this dreadful mask
That I am cursed to wear

Now everyday it's staring at me
Hanging from the wall
"Without me you are useless!"
"Without me you will fall!"

Now I'm scared and I'm afraid
Of the roles that I have played
Of vows I broke and vows I made
It's time to end this masquerade

"Without me no one loves you!"
"Without me you're alone!"
I cannot live without you
I can't be on my own

When I wear you day by day
I am a king, come what may
But I know that some day
I will know the price to pay

I see it clearly now - the end
It's time to say goodbye my friend
I have to live as who I'd be
Without a mask protecting me

Lyrics submitted by Nonny

"Masquerade" as written by Johnnie Llewellyn Clapper Ashley Dayour

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    My InterpretationThis kind of reminds me of how one would learn to break free from the reminders and pressures of an abusive relationship (most likely emotional). In a relationship like that, the person who is getting abused is basically trained, either by the abuser or their own self esteem, that they'd be worthless without the "love" of the abuser so they slowly start to neglect themselves and any friends or family they have. This low self esteem and neglect make the victim create a "mask" of themselves that isn't really who they are. People who have just broken free of those relationships kind of go through a time where they may feel like they still "love" the abuser and are still tied to those previously mentioned pressures or they feel like they can never heal from the damage that was done but the last stanza is basically the person realizing life is so much better without someone basically controlling you.
    seasons of greyon January 08, 2009   Link

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