"Through Glass" as written by Shawn Economaki, Josh Rand, James Donald Root and Corey Todd Taylor....
I'm looking at you through the glass
Don't know how much time has passed
Oh God, it feels like forever
But no one ever tells you that forever feels like home
Sitting all alone inside your head

'Cause I'm looking at you through the glass
Don't know how much time has passed
All I know is that it feels like forever
When no one ever tells you that forever feels like home
Sitting all alone inside your head

How do you feel? That is the question
But I forget, you don't expect an easy answer
When something like a soul becomes initialized
And folded up like paper dolls and little notes
You can't expect a bit of hope
And while you're outside looking in
Describing what you see
Remember what you're staring at is me

'Cause I'm looking at you through the glass
Don't know how much time has passed
All I know is that it feels like forever
When no one ever tells you that forever feels like home
Sitting all alone inside your head

How much is real? So much to question
An epidemic of the mannequins
Contaminating everything
When thought came from the heart
It never did right from the start
Just listen to the noises
(No more sad voices)
Before you tell yourself
It's just a different scene
Remember it's just different from what you've seen

I'm looking at you through the glass
Don't know how much time has passed
And all I know is that it feels like forever
When no one ever tells you that forever feels like home
Sitting all alone inside your head

'Cause I'm looking at you through the glass
Don't know how much time has passed
All I know is that it feels like forever
When no one ever tells you that forever feels like home
Sitting all alone inside your head

And it's the stars
The stars that shine for you
And it's the stars
The stars that lie to you

And it's the stars
The stars that shine for you
And it's the stars
The stars that lie to you

I'm looking at you through the glass
Don't know how much time has passed
Oh God, it feels like forever
But no one ever tells you that forever feels like home
Sitting all alone inside your head

'Cause I'm looking at you through the glass
Don't know how much time has passed
All I know is that it feels like forever
But no one ever tells you that forever feels like home
Sitting all alone inside your head

And it's the stars
The stars that shine for you
And it's the stars
The stars that lie to you

And it's the stars
The stars that shine for you
And it's the stars
The stars that lie to you

Who are the stars
Who are the stars they lie


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"Through Glass" as written by Shawn Economaki, Josh Rand, James Donald Root, Corey Todd Taylor

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  • +3
    General CommentI read an interview that Corey Taylor did on the Roadrunner Records website. He talks about how the new album will reflect alot on how his wife, Scarlett, has helped him battle alchoholism. He attempted to jump off the 8th floor balcony of a hotel but Scarlett was there and managed to stop him. The phrase "Through the Glass" could mean that he's looking at himself through a mirror, wondering what he's become or it could also mean that he's looking through a drinking glass at his wife.
    Attack_The_Staticon June 20, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was looking up the meaning of this song and i found one site about the lead singer Corey Taylor explaining what the song Through Glass was really about. This is what he says during the interview.. ---> I remember exactly where I was. It was 2004 and I was on tour with Slipknot. I was sitting in a European hotel room watching a music video channel, seeing act after act after act of this insane, innocuous, plastic music. They were plastic, bubbly, gossamer-thin groups where it was really more about the clothes they wore and the length of their cheekbones than it was about the content of the song they were singing.
    It really made me mad. I was like, is this it? Have we just gone full circle? Did the singer/songwriter revolution never happen? Is it just the same drivel from the same replicate over and over again? 'Through Glass' is really a very angry song. It's me basically calling 'bulls--t' on pretty much everyone involved with the 'American Idol'-type shows. It has its place, but when you're basically cornering the market and making it very hard for anyone who actually writes their own music to get ahead, then it's wrong and that's really why I wrote this song.
    thatbatmanchick24on August 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI just watched the video on YouTube and I realized what it was.

    Through glass, through a lens. In a photograph!

    I'm looking at you through the glass
    Don't know how much time has passed
    All I know is that it feels like forever

    He's looking at photographs of loved ones, perhaps those who've passed away or have long abandoned him because of his alcohol habit. He's remembering them, but it feels like it was so long ago. They remind him of a better time of his life, it reminds him of home.
    jadedrakerideron June 23, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think that through the glass is really a metaphor for putting on a fake display. He's looking through the glass, so the person on the other side thinks he looks normal and can see him clearly. In reality though, the glass is dividing them and behind the glass (or in his head) things aren't well.

    "And while you're outside looking in
    Describing what you see
    Remember what you're staring at is me"

    The other person's perspective is clearly different from his own because of the glass. The glass could be a variety of things. A lot of people have mentioned alcoholism, but something like depression could also be really be that. For the latter, maybe not for Corey in particular, but if you want to find a personal reason. There are a lot of things that paint a false image of ourselves in our every day lives.
    dlhouse88on May 14, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentimo i really think the through the glass is refering to looking through a drinking glass seems alot more fitting for the song
    Diabolu$on June 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I hear this song I think about someone who had something really terrible happen to them such as abuse or a close death and they put up an emotional wall around themselves afraid to let people in. They feel trapped like they're in a glass box, disconnected from the outside world and they feel like they can't relate to people and trust them. Soon the glass box begins to feel like home because the seclusion from others gives them a false sense of security from what hurt them in the first place.
    art-staron July 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell the first time I heard this song I didnt pay much attention to the lyrics but I someone got the feel that he was singing about someone he loved and lost or loved but missed his oppurtunity. After paying closer attention and reading the lyrics, I feel that the song is about staying true to yourself and over coming internal conflict. And Perhaps it may be a warning to the rest of us to just be ourselves and live our lives to the fullest.

    On a different note, although artists attempt to tell across some sort of message or story, does not mean that the lyrics cant have more than one meaning. Thats the beauty of music, there is no "right" or "wrong" interpretation of the lyrics. "It's all in the eye of the beholder" Songs may have a different and special meaning to each and every listener, which is why music is such an important part of our lives.
    SwOoShon August 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHmm... I skimmed all the comments, and most people seem to be interpreting the glass he's looking through as like, actual glass. A glass window, the glass of a picture frame, whatever.

    I always read it as being like metaphorical glass...like when you're kind of distant from the rest of the world, you're behind a glass wall.

    So maybe what he's saying is that he's closed off, and looking at the rest of the world from behind a glass wall. The rest of the chorus is just, "Don't know how much time has passed" which just means he doesn't know how long he's felt distant from everyone and everything. It continues saying that it's felt like forever. The line "But no one ever tells you that forever feels like home" means that... you can get used to forever, if that makes sense. And you never think that you CAN get used to that idea, the concept of forever.

    Does that make any sense whatsoever? It makes sense to me, but that's just, you know, me.
    Desaparecidaon October 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningHe's talking about "plastic people", "plastic music". About the whole American Idol thing.

    "I'm looking at you through the glass" = through TV
    "Don't know how much time has passed" = he's just sitting there, watching this stupid thing for hours and hours

    "How much is real? So much to question" = talking about how fake those people are
    "Never dare make up the mannequins" = how those "plastic people" have been idolised by others, especially youth
    "just listen to the noises" = noises, becos it's not really music

    "Before you tell yourself it's just a different scene, remember it's just different from what you've seen" = I think that talks about how they see something different for once, while they're all used to seeing the same thing on TV, repeated again and again (not sure tho)

    "And it's the stars that shine for you" = the "stars", the TV/music stars
    "And it's the stars that lie to you" = cos all they do is produce "plastic" music, being the wrong people youth looks up to

    Apologies for overusing "plastic people/music" again and again, but that's exactly how Corey talks about this (wikipedia).
    lucideron June 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor this song, I've always got the feeling it was about prison. "I'm looking at you through the glass", is the glass in between the Convict and the visitor, and he's saying it feels like forever that he's been in there for. Just a thought.
    soaproposon September 12, 2012   Link

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