First place on a classroom wall
Every turn of the face can help to break
The fall from a domestic disgrace
Every rumor displaced is lost and found

A lack of discipline, one hand to cut the other
So unprofessional
You're not a friend, you're just a lover
Nothing exceptional, this is correctional

Mirror on the wall, frame the picture
Reflect this kiss to wish us all goodnight

First day in a victim's chair
Every surface replaced can help to keep
You fair for a corrected gaze
Every feature displayed will match your crowd

A loss of innocence, one hand to wash the other
Be a perfectionist
You're nothing if you're just another
Something material, this isn't personal

Mirror on the wall, frame the picture
Reflect this kiss to wish us all goodnight

We're all dancing to the same sad song
And we're not sleeping but it won't take long

Illicit conviction, confessions incomplete
Correction, submissive restriction
Instructions will repeat direction

Mirror on the wall, frame the picture
Reflect this kiss to wish us all goodnight


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"Goodnight" as written by Michael Rainbow

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  • +2
    General CommentI definitely think you guys are right - this is about a person who is completely neglected from their family life, and so turns to anything they can to get attention - school, rumors, cutting, whatever they can. And while they hate it - they keep putting themselves down with phrases like 'so unprofessional,' 'nothing exceptional,' 'you're nothing if you're just another' - it's the only way they feel like they're doing something right with themselves ('this is correctional.')

    The sad thing about this song is that this person obviously has had no one to hold on to and sees themselves as completely worthless and screwed up. The chorus is absolutely heartrending.

    'Mirror on the wall
    Frame the picture.
    Reflect this kiss to wish us all
    Goodnight.'

    The only picture the mirror can reflect when you're looking into it is your own face. So the 'frame the picture' is almost a bitter jibe at this person's own self esteem, which is found in various places throughout the rest of the song. And the fact is that this person is looking at themselves in a mirror, pretending to kiss themselves goodnight because no one else will ever do it for them. It's a beautiful and breathtaking picture that makes you want to rip yourself up and cry.
    AnIndigoMoonon June 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy opinion... which could be extremely off, but it's here nonetheless.

    I couldn't say what each phrase means individually, but to me it sounds as though it's generally about someone who has a shitty family life and desires attention from her school life and such...

    "First place, on a classroom wall
    Every turn of a face
    Can help to break the
    Fall from a domestic disgrace"

    It also goes on as the person telling themselves they have to be better, a "perfectionist"- if they don't do well, they'll just become a face in the crowd. Basically, someone thriving for positive attention that their own family can't give.

    "Be a perfectionist
    You're nothing if your just another"
    stargazer1223on June 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about being bullied.. It's a personal thing. I think it's actually about the members being bullied in school. "Goodnight" "we're not sleeping but it won't take long" fit with each other. If it continues maybe they'll be in a sleep forever. But you manage to make it out. But I believe it's about the actually members.

    Just what I believe.. I'm obsessed with this band. All the music reaches out to me.. Well most if the newer music. I love all the songs though. Not one song I haven't heard. Great!
    Kittylovers28on December 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song, Im not sure about the meaning but the latest album is amazing stuff. As was the last, and even the EP. Such a good melody, such good lyrical content.
    tehforstereron October 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, I want to kidnap Chibi so she can be my muse ^.^
    eyelinerloveon December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentstargazer1223
    I like your idea very much. I think it could be about everyone suffering the same thing from different angles such as a perfectionist or lovers where one wants more out of the relationship and it just isnt possible. Being inferior or mediocre hurts.

    It is rumored that the song is about Phantasm which fits because it is about a boy who looses his parents and deals with a bodysnatcher who turns out to be evil or something to that effect. I never saw it, but after reading the plot it makes a lot of sense if they wrote the song around the theme of the plot in the movie.
    keykeyx10000on September 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe a few of these lyrics are off...

    First place, on a classroom wall
    Every turn of a face
    Can help to break the
    Fall from a domestic disgrace
    Every rumor displaced is lost and found

    A lack of discipline
    One hand to cut the other
    So unprofessional
    You're not a friend, you're just a lover
    Nothing exceptional
    This is correctional

    Mirror on the wall
    Frame the picture
    Reflect this kiss to wish us all
    Goodnight

    First day, in a victim's chair
    Every surface replaced
    Can help to keep you
    FAIR for a correctING gaze
    Every future displayed
    Will match your crowd

    A loss of innocence
    One hand to wash the other
    Be a perfectionist
    You're nothing if your just another
    Something MATERIAL
    This isn't personal

    Mirror on the wall
    Frame the picture
    Reflect this kiss to wish us all
    Goodnight

    We're all dancing to the
    same sad song...
    And we're not sleeping
    but it won't take long

    Elicit
    Confusion
    Confessions Incomplete
    Correction
    Submissive
    Restriction
    Instructions will repeat
    Direction

    Mirror on the wall
    Frame the picture
    Reflect this kiss to wish us all
    Goodnight
    pallidityon June 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs far as the meaning goes, I think it's about someone who self harms. They're able to control their performance in school, but at home their life is a mess. Whatever they use to harm themselves is really meaningful to them, but they resent it to a certain extent (friend v. lover). The person is unhappy about being less than amazing and feels a lot of release when they harm themselves. The kiss is symbolic for an act of harm. The surfaces replaced indicate covering up the self harm so that anyone that would try to "help" is unaware of the evidence of injury. The person hasn't gone far enough to kill himself/herself, but they intend to (sleeps is symbolic for suicide).
    pallidityon June 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's about love..
    I think it's about 'mass followers'

    'You're nothing if your just another'
    hotoxon February 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIn the last portion of the song, it isn't "Confusion" but it is "Convection".
    mavric212on July 10, 2010   Link

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