We walked through the doorway
Heard you calling from the hall
To find you in the bedroom
Not breathing at all
I drug your body to the cellar where we lay
The wax, it melts away
I kiss your face.

Now we are starting to love you more
Your body's on the canvas
I painted on the floor

Now you wait like the drug, like the change
And the pain it goes on for so long
And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone
It's so wrong
It's so wrong.

If I could take you somewhere
I'd take you to the darkest place
Scatter you in art forms
Admire the whore
Beauty in different ways
Your hands on picture frames
Your eyes in the glass
Wear your face has a mask

Now they are starting to love you more
A gallery of your beauty
No charge at the door

As you wait like the drug, like the change
And the pain it goes on for so long
And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone
It's so wrong
It's so wrong

And down below
Your veins run dry your vacant eyes
I lost control
Your face is pale, your body's cold
And down below your veins run dry your vacant eyes
I lost control
Your face is pale, your body's cold (Your face is pale, your body's cold)

Wait, like the drug, like the change
And the pain it goes on for so long
And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone

It's so wrong [x10]



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Cellar Door song meanings
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    General Comment:Beautiful Song!!!!!I'm listening to it know!!!
    Justanotherejecton September 22, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:a few minor corrections to the lyrics(I *'d the lines with changes):

    We walked through the doorway
    Heard you calling from the hall
    To find you in the bedroom
    Not breathing at all
    I drug your body to the cellar where we lay
    The wax, it melts away
    I kiss your face

    Now we are starting to love you more
    Your body's on the canvas
    *I painted on the floor*

    Now you wait like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    *And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone*
    It's so wrong
    It's so wrong

    If I could take you somewhere
    I'd take you to the darkest place
    Scatter you in art forms
    *Admire the whore*
    Beauty in different ways
    Your hands on picture frames
    *Your eyes in the glass*
    *Where your face has a mask*

    Now they are starting to love you more
    A gallery of your beauty
    *No charge at the door*

    As you wait like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    *And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone*
    It's so wrong
    It's so wrong

    And down below
    Your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold
    And down below y
    Your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold (Your face is pale, your body's cold)

    Wait, like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    *And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone*

    It's so wrong (x10)


    gorgeous song
    one.last.standon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:LYRICAL ANALYSIS IS MY LIFE. Here's my take on it.

    We walked through the doorway
    Heard you calling from the hall
    To find you in the bedroom
    Not breathing at all
    I drug your body to the cellar where we lay
    The wax, it melts away
    I kiss your face.

    ** This is reffering to the narrator and someone else walking in to find the person who has committed suicide.
    The "cellar" could possibly be a metaphor for the darkness that the others were living in - obviously blind to the problems
    that the person who killed themself had. The "wax, it melts away" could possibly be referring to the person's personality. That
    before they died, to everyone else there were plain, and dull, and not important, kind of like a wax figure - maybe like a fake.
    But now that they're dead, their beauty and personality shines through.


    Now we are starting to love you more
    Your body's on the canvas
    I painted on the floor

    ** They realize what's lost. The narrator amung others is starting to understand the person more, and thus "loves" more. I believe
    the lines "You're body's on the canvas I painted on the floor" means that, her dead body is lying on the floor. He uses the metaphor
    of a canvas and himself being the artist. The canvas is the floor. Meaning that he "painted" her death, or he is the cause of the death of
    this particular person.


    Now you wait like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone
    It's so wrong
    It's so wrong.

    ** Implies that the person used drugs to kill themself; overdose. The pain has changed sides. The person who killed themself no longer is in pain -
    but everyone else is, and this will stick with everyone for a very long time.

    If I could take you somewhere
    I'd take you to the darkest place
    Scatter you in art forms
    Admire the whore
    Beauty in different ways
    Your hands on picture frames
    Your eyes in the glass
    Wear your face has a mask

    ** Talking about the person's life. The beauty everyone missed out on. Relates her person's life to picture frames...metaphor again.
    The person wore their "face as a mask" and hid behind it.

    Now they are starting to love you more
    A gallery of your beauty
    No charge at the door

    ** Again, to love the person more. The gallery of your beauty might refer to the funeral, or possibly the party they have after the funeral, where sometimes
    pictures of the person is displayed.

    As you wait like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone
    It's so wrong
    It's so wrong

    And down below
    Your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold
    And down below your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold (Your face is pale, your body's cold)

    ** Pretty self explainitory, the narrator is talking about the dead body he's looking at.

    Wait, like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone

    It's so wrong (x10)
    dwdrumsmashon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:some of these lyrics accually sound like mutilation to me. i thought about it, and in psych class we studied serial killers and some killers liked to mutilate their victims and thought of it as a work of art. they occasionally liked to put masks on their victims faces too.

    if you think of it that way, the song takes a different meaning. but i dont really think thats what they were trying to say in this song at all. i just thought it was wierd.
    lookitsmpon July 16, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Song is talking about Ronnie dating a whore. They both have a drug problem and one night Ronnie beats her. She goes into her room and commits suicide. He feels bad because he feels like he killed her.

    "I lost control...Your face is pale... Your bodies cold." He's saying he lost control and now shes dead.
    thornographeron September 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I think most people read a little too deep into lyrics.
    Here's my take on it; it's quite literal.

    We walked through the doorway
    Heard you calling from the hall
    To find you in the bedroom
    Not breathing at all
    I drug your body to the cellar where we lay
    The wax, it melts away
    I kiss your face.

    [He has walked in and found that the woman he loves has committed suicide. He drags her body into the cellar of the house and he lays down there with it. The wax is candles that he's burning. So, that just shows that he was laying there for a long time because the wax is melting away. And he just holds her and kisses her face because he's trying to sort of bring her back.]

    Now we are starting to love you more
    Your body's on the canvas
    I painted on the floor

    [This talks about how now that the woman is gone, everyone is seeing the good about her and they are all loving her more because they didn't realize how much they all cared until she was gone. The body on the canvas is just talking about how he's seeing this all artistically. She's the art, and she's on the canvas that is the floor.]

    Now you wait like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone
    It's so wrong
    It's so wrong

    [Talking about how the woman used drugs to kill herself. Then he's just saying that his pain is going on for a long time and won't end. And then he just reiterates that he is hurt somewhere deep inside, and he feels a pain that no one should feel.]

    If I could take you somewhere
    I'd take you to the darkest place
    Scatter you in art forms
    Admire the whore
    Beauty in different ways
    Your hands on picture frames
    Your eyes in the glass
    Wear your face has a mask

    [Saying if he could keep the body, he'd go somewhere no one could find them, and he'd disperse her around his house, keeping her alive by using her body parts, then he goes on to say what he would use them for. This could be slightly metaphorical to say he wishes he could keep her around in any way possible.]

    Now they are starting to love you more
    A gallery of your beauty
    No charge at the door

    [Restating that people care more about her now that she's gone. Also, the gallery of beauty relates back to how he wants to one day use her body to make art, and there's no charge at the door because no one would realize that her body is actually incorporated into these art pieces in his home.]

    And down below
    Your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold
    And down below your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold

    [Talking about how down in the cellar, the rest of her body, which he hasn't used for anything or moved yet, is laying there and the blood is drying and her eyes are vacant and she's cold and pale, meaning she's been laying there for a while and is looking worse and worse.]


    This song is, all in all, very very morbid and sick, but romantic in a creepy way, which I think they were probably going for.
    The melody is amazing and I love this band so much.
    Saw them at Warped Tour and lost my voice form screaming. :)
    Victoria Venomon January 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:ROMEO AND JULIET

    We walked through the doorway
    Heard you calling from the hall
    To find you in the bedroom
    Not breathing at all
    [ this is when juliets parents walk in and find juliets dead like body after she drank the potion]

    I drug your body to the cellar where we lay
    [her and her cousin lay there]

    The wax, it melts away
    I kiss your face.
    [befor romeo decides to kill himself he kisses juliet]


    Now we are starting to love you more
    Your body's on the canvas
    I painted on the floor
    [now we (romeo and paris) are starting to love her more (more then rosaline for romeo) andshes like a beautiful picture]

    Now you wait like the drug, like the change
    [she waaits for the drug to take affect, because this is her most risky and only chance to be with romeo]

    And the pain it goes on for so long
    [the pain between the capulet and montoghu family, and the pain the two family's have cosed for a long time not to mention right now for romeo and juliet]

    And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone
    It's so wrong
    It's so wrong

    [and since romeo didnt get the letter that says shes okay, and its planned, it hurt him in the worse way that shes now gone, and its so wrong because it should have ever happened]

    Your eyes in the glass
    Wear your face has a mask
    [its a mask party romeo and his buddys crashed, and in the new movie, they're looking at eachother through a fish tank]

    And down below
    Your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold
    And down below your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold
    [the affects of the potion, and how romeo took it.]



    i was really messed up when i found this out.
    hope yah like it :)
    hilarygelfandon April 21, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:This song is really, really, amazing.
    I cannot stop listening to it (:
    It makes me REALLY miss the old etf ://
    swallowyoursleepon November 09, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaning:I just wanted to add that maybe cellar door can also be linked to a grave (somewhere dark, cold, generally lonely or sad) or even a mausoleum (which can be linked to the Romeo and Juliet reference). I think this song can be interpreted a thousand different ways, but I don't think any of them are really incorrect. It's what the song does for you. I love the ideas up here though :)
    KeziahLoveon April 17, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:LET ME CLEAR THIS UP SO EVERYONE CAN STOP GUESSING, SOOOOO WROOOOONG!!!!
    ha.

    the simple meaning could be most of these comments combined, mainly thornographers, who would be right on. The narrator beat her first, and then she killed herself.

    It is the most simple explanation for the entire song.

    My take on it is slightly more in depth however.

    the most critical line is this:

    ADMIRE THE WHORE

    that is the theme of the song. If he loved her like he should've, like most of these comments state, this line would not exist. No one calls their own woman a whore, especially one that committed suicide.

    Anyway here's my interpretation.

    We walked through the doorway
    Heard you calling from the hall
    To find you in the bedroom
    Not breathing at all

    "We" walk through the doorway, meaning it's more than one person.

    I think this shows that her suicide was unexpected. More than one person was entering the house, so nothing unusual was supposed to happen. The fact that she was already in the house means it was someone the narrator knew. It also means she was the only one in the house, so this tells us she was probably living there, or at least staying there, with the narrator. Consider the line "To find you in the bedroom" think about it. the word "the" before bedroom. saying found you in THE bedroom hints that it was a bedroom to both of them. the words aren't "found you in my bedroom" or "found you in a bedroom" but "found you in the bedroom"

    I drug (or drag) your body to the cellar where we lay
    The wax, it melts away
    I kiss your face.

    If you find someone you truly love dead, would you drag them? Cuz I wouldn't, I'd carry her.

    The wax melting away shows time going by, whether it literally means candles or not. as he looks at her, he kisses her. I think this is significant, as you don't kiss someone you don't care for, but he does here.

    Now we are starting to love you more
    Your body's on the canvas
    I painted on the floor

    "We" are starting to love you more, means he was not the only way that thought lowly of her. But "I painted on the floor" is important - it shows he feels mainly responsible. The canvas is the first but not last artistic metaphor we see.

    Now you wait like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone
    It's so wrong
    It's so wrong.

    The other explanations seem pretty good... I'm honestly not sure though. "Now you wait" is a little confusing.. I'll come back to that. "It's so wrong" is describing the entire situtation, which is why it is so often repeated. I think it is how the narrator feels overall.

    If I could take you somewhere
    I'd take you to the darkest place
    Scatter you in art forms
    Admire the whore
    Beauty in different ways

    This is the thesis for the song. It's mostly explained in other comments, except admire the whore. I think it basically means whoever she was, she was a slut, and she knew she wasn't respected. She was probably mistreated, taken for granted, or maybe even beaten, which explains her suicide. The narrator is expressing regret, saying (metaphorically) that he wishes he could spread parts of her around, and admire her, like artwork, or appreciate her "beauty in different ways," although she was a whore to him.

    Your hands on picture frames
    Your eyes in the glass
    Wear your face as a mask

    Just more detail about metaphorical ways to appreciate her beauty in an artistic way. It almost sounds like he is imagining having to look at her only in a picture frame, wishing she could physically come out, but I'm honestly not sure if that's what the writer was going for here or not.

    Now they are starting to love you more
    A gallery of your beauty
    No charge at the door

    "THEY" are starting, instead of "WE" meaning more people are here. Could very well be referring to a funeral, or he could have called some of his friends, not knowing what to do. They are starting to love you more, meaning whoever was there, also thought lowly or her. No charge at the door is possibly referring to a funeral as well, comparing the the gallery of her body to an art show, although it could also be another hint at her being a whore.

    And down below
    Your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold
    And down below your veins run dry your vacant eyes
    I lost control
    Your face is pale, your body's cold

    And down below - says her body is still down below, which could suggest there was not a funeral yet. Your veins run dry, again suggests she is not completely dead yet. I lost control - this could mean a few things. Being in the sitution the narrator is in right now, he could mean lost mental control, or he just can't handle it. It could just mean he used to beat her, but I'm not sure that's what it means here. I think it means he broke down sobbing after coming back upstairs.

    ok back to the chorus:

    Now you wait like the drug, like the change
    And the pain it goes on for so long
    And oh, how it hurts in the worst way now that you're gone
    It's so wrong
    It's so wrong.

    "Now you wait," could hint that she is not dead yet, however I think here, it does not mean this. She was mistreated and taken for granted, called a whore. She waited for the drugs to kick in, waited for the change to take place, for her to be seen as beautiful. The pain it goes on, is pain once felt by her, now shared by the narrator, the one who feels responsible for her suicide. This would hurt, in the worst way.

    TaDA! there ya go. believe it or not i did not write this analysis to critique the lyrics of the song, but to correct xxHxcxxxHomiexx

    DONNIE DARKO WAS NOT A MOVIE ABOUT A MENTAL PERSON!

    Donnie Darko was a spoof on a superhero movie, Donnie Darko's superpower being the ability to see into the future. He saw his own path, as well as the path others were going to take, which was a clear swirling energy that came out of their chest.

    [GRETCHEN] - "Donnie Darko? What the hell kind of name is that? It's like some sort of superhero or something"

    [DONNIE] - "What makes you think I'm not?"

    The entire movie was Donnie Darko's subconscious, or possibly a vision. Frank was his mind's narrator. In his vision Donnie saw that a plane turbine (or something) was going to crash through his room and kill him. However, he also saw that if he left and survived, it would result in the death of his mother and sister, who would be on that plane, as well as the death of his girlfriend, the death of Frank, and many other's lives would be negatively affected. As a result, Donnie Darko stays in his room before any of it actually happens, and dies to save everyone else. Therefore, he is a hero.

    DONT COMMENT ON AMAZING MOVIES THAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

    In the movie, Donnie Darko's teacher, (who would be fired if Donnie did not die) told him that Cellar Door was said to be the most beautiful word in existence, when void of it's definition. The point is to see beauty in a different, almost artistic way, which is where the perfectly chosen title comes from, "Cellar Door."

    Escape the Fate is amazing.
    Ty1erDurdenon June 25, 2010   Link

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