"Alias" as written by Bjorn Gelotte, Anders Friden and Jesper Stromblad....
The serpent knows,
When the curtain falls,
In denials blindfold,
It greets another day

Don't believe the mask
It attempts to lie,
The perfect ten,
When reality caves in

Don't tell me,
Tell my ghost,
Cause I blame him
For all I don't want to know

I found secrets about life untold

Life's wrapped in a riddle,
Easier said than done,
Hate to play the victim,
Rather run and hide.



I found secrets about life untold,
Let them take me far away

Call back in place,
It easier to cope behind the curtain,
Wipe the worries away
No thought about consequence



I found secrets about life untold,
Let them take me far away


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"Alias" as written by Bjorn Gelotte Anders Friden

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  • +2
    General CommentIn relation to this song I think it’s one of the best pieces on the album.
    And as for it’s meaning. . There’s some symbolism and imagery with the concept of the “serpent” (deception, trickery, manipulation..etc.)
    Imo, it’s just what I believe, and every song is interpreted differently by everyone anyway no doubt about that. . .AAHHH I’M BLABBERING AGAIN! T_T
    The song is about an individual who holds two personas. One, which is the real self. . The ego. . And the other the mask that they wear (Their face for the outside world).
    The ‘Ghost’ representing the person’s mask (which is clever metaphorical language since a ghost lacks of life and essence). A person’s false façade or the mask they wear for others lacks of life since it’s all-fake and manufactured. They’re not allowing their self to express their true persona (Therefore they’re not living). I think they’ve come to a stage in their life when they come to terms with the consequences of having a reflection or living the life of a person on the other side of the mirror .

    ”Don’t believe the mask
    It adapts to any lie,
    The perfect ten,
    When reality caves in”

    Here the individual is saying to its listeners to not believe what’s on the surface and take a single truth they hear as the ONLY truth. . Because it can be a lie since nothing is certain in life.

    ”Don’t tell me,
    tell my ghost,
    Cause I blame him
    For all I don’t want to know”

    “Me” being a reference to the person’s true self…their ego. He’s saying he doesn’t want everything about reality to affect his true self (possibly to keep their ignorance and innocence of the world) and that if anyone has anything cynical or realistic to say they should inform his other persona instead. . The mask he wears to keep himself protected from the truth. . And it’s because of his split persona, he feels because of this mask. . His true self doesn’t know anything (which didn’t allow for his being to give room for growth and wisdom.. because he’s been feeding all this information to the lie he created in order to keep his innocence intact).

    thats just my take on it. .must go blabbering on other In flames songs...
    DreamersDiseaseon May 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentImo this song is about coward person, that hide behind the curtain, afraid of taking responsibility on himself
    its about every single man in this world
    f.e. u blame the chaos that happens in ur country/in ur house/ur city but u dont even raise a finger to do smth to change it
    u hide behind the curtain, wipe all worries, close ur cowardish eyes on REAL problems and continue ur pitiful existance
    its realy about most ppl in this world
    mb even bout me... i face it but i fear to recognize... look inside u... ur a just one kind of that Alias
    Qpe.ruson April 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about human nature, our inner spirit, and our existance to acknowledge each other. We all live with eyes wide shut.

    Don't believe the mask
    It adapts to any lie,
    A perfect ten,
    When reality caves in

    We're always wearing a mask to hide our truths, we become the perfect 10 that we want to be. Eventually reality will cave in with a double meaning while realizing you're still a perfect 10.


    Life's wrapped in a riddle,
    Easier said than done,
    Hate to play the victim,
    Rather run and hide.

    A person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, or by the dishonesty of others, they speak in terms as how we hate to play the victim to life's riddle, its easier to run and hide(behind our mask) than to acknowledge that we are our in fact our own victim.


    Don't tell me,
    Tell my ghost,
    Cause I blame him
    For all I don't want to know

    This chorus is about our inner spirit(ghost), our mask lets us be who we want to be, we act accordingly.


    I found secrets about life's undertow
    Let them take me far away
    Crawl back in place,
    It's easier to cope behind the curtain,
    Wipe the worries away
    No thought about the consequence

    This verse is about acknowledging while understanding, to acknowledge this mask you wear and see your inner self/spirit/ghost, to understand why you wear it, to continue to wear it and crawl back into place, no thought about the consequence or how it affects those around you, these are the secrets about life's undertow.
    Hasticon April 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would say A Sense of Purpose is their best work since Reroute to Remain. Too many people just assuming singers in metal or death metal groups can't/shouldn't sing. To each their own eh?
    Thymuson November 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWhile I say this with almost every song--that it has multiple meanings--personally, I feel this song is more about a sociopathic personality/person. I put my interpretation of each line in parenthesis

    The serpent knows, (the sociopath knows)
    When the curtain falls, (when he's been caught)
    In denials blindfold, (he lives every day in a constant denial)
    It greets another day (yet he starts a new day)

    Dont believe the mask (dont believe the sociopath's "mask")
    It adapts to any lie, (it adapts to any lie)
    The perfect ten, (life is going perfect for the victim)
    When reality caves in (until they realize the truth)

    Dont tell me, (the sociopath will deny hes done anything wrong)
    Tell my ghost, (he will say it is his "ghost" or alter ego)
    Cause I blame him (the sociopath wont take responsibility for his actions)
    For all I dont want to know (the sociopath doesnt care to know hes done wrong)

    I found secrets about life's undertow (the sociopath found out how to deceive people: an "undertow" of society)

    Life's wrapped in a riddle, (life is complex)
    Easier said than done, (changing his ways are easier said than done)
    Hate to play the victim, (he doesnt like to play the victim, he would rather be in control)
    Rather run and hide. (a warning to people to run and hide from him)

    I found secrets about life untold, (hes reiterating that he found out how to manipulate people)
    Let them take me far away (he will use those "talents" to guide him through life)

    Crawl back in place, (the sociopath will go back to his "Safe place")
    It's easier to cope behind the curtain, (he cannot handle rejections well and will use his "alter ego" to shield people from the real him)
    Wipe the worries away (he doesnt want to worry anymore)
    No thought about consequence (he doesnt care who he hurts or affects)

    ...ive done alot of studying on sociopaths/psychopaths and this song describles the emotional life of one perfectly.

    Alot of times sociopaths/psychopaths realize they are doing wrong, but are incapable (due to underlying mental illnesses and lack of any real treatment) to stop their actions.

    I think this song is almost sort of a "manual" of how a socio/psychopath thinks.

    Either way, great song
    coleman132002on December 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBackstreet boys? C'mon dreskinkd, you cannot seriosuly compare In Flames to a pop band.

    Alias is probably one of the best songs on the album, with a great intro. And I don't know what's the big deal; Frieden's singing in this song is great.
    hybrid2764on April 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI certainly don't find anything wrong with his clean singing. Especially not on this track. If you don't like the new direction In Flames has gone in, then just don't listen to their new stuff.
    TheDamnedThingon April 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is their what, eleventh album?
    You can't expect them to stay the same forever.
    The album is called, "A Sense of Purpose,"
    What did you expect?
    I like the album, and give Anders props on it.
    B!polaron April 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnature, if the secret goes along with our desires, happiness, temptaions, and these aspects, we apply it. It doesn't cause us any pain or inconvenience, no matter how bad or good it is. But when we realize something that goes against our desires, and often against our environment, we resist it completely (that's the coward's way out), hide it (which causes reoccurant internal conflicts which are actually what the writer is experiencing), or face it (despite all the pain, difficulties, or sacrifices we might have to face, we accept it and try to make peace with it-basically, change our way of life).

    As for the meaning of the exact parts and some symbolisms:

    The serpent knows,
    When the curtain falls,
    In denials blindfold,
    It greets another day

    (The way most of the world lives through life (greets another day); hiding (curtain), blinding itself from the truth (blindfolds), and of course in deception (serpent) to each other and themselves.

    Dont believe the mask
    It adapts to any lie,
    The perfect ten,
    When reality caves in

    (Don't believe everything you see in the world, likewise the world shouldn't believe what they see in you because almost everyone hides his truth (mask), and constantly change according to what they want to believe superficially (adapts to any lie). I'm not so sure on this one, but I think the perfect ten is giving up when reality strikes, since one would hold both hands up when he surrenders and shows ten fingers. I think it's wrong..)

    Dont tell me,
    Tell my ghost,
    Cause I blame him
    For all I dont want to know

    (I hide the secrets inside (my ghost), so it deals with all this confusion.. I actually don't want to know the secrets of life, but they strike me, and I TRY to hide them, so don't blame me if I react wrongly and don't try to guide me because I really don't want to know.. Something along these confusing lies :D)

    Life's wrapped in a riddle,
    Easier said than done,
    Hate to play the victim,
    Rather run and hide.

    (Life is too complicated (riddle), where we say we CAN or we KNOW things around us, but the truth is we are too week to do many things or accept secrets (easier said than done.. pretty obvious). I don't want to be lost in it and have to figure it out (victim), as I actually just want to be away from this confusion (run and hide) and be in peace; yet in ignorance)

    Call back in place,
    It's easier to cope behind the curtain,
    Wipe the worries away
    No thought about consequence

    (From my inside, my ghost, I go back to my place in the world, and find it so much easier to live and adapt to the ways of the world outside of me (cope behind the curtain) denying the ghost and not having to face truth, since I loose worries and thought about consequence, life, future, reality, ...)

    I found secrets about life's undertow
    Let them take me far away

    (I've discovered secrets about the world, and I loose myself in them through internal conflicts and confusion. They make me step away from the world around me to reality, imagination, thinking, dreaming, and maybe obsessions XD.. Beyond the surface...)

    *Alias is the ghost.. our other personna.. alter ego.. mask.. disguise.. and fits other similar definitions too.
    **I know this is too much (probably no one is going to read it), but I REALLY like the song, deeply relate to it, and think about it a lot :D ALIAS<3
    MaceK6on November 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrection of previous post:
    First of all, this song is great!! And InFlames kick ass!! And I totally agree with DreamersDesease about the way InFlames changed.

    As for the song meaning, I'm 95% sure I'm right, since my explanation fits 95% of the lines :D
    The song is about every person.. The nature of humans.. Their TWO sides..
    One side, knows the truth when he sees it. It's our ghost, our SOLE... It discovers the secrets of life, dark or bright, simple or deep.. whatever they are.. and realizes these secrets to as much level as we think about them.
    The other side, is the actual US. The human beings, with our extreme fallacies, hypocricies, and most importantly (since it's the main point of the song in my openion) SEF DECEPTIONS.
    If we realize a secret of life, we either apply it, hide it, resist it, or face it. For most humans who cannot fight the weekness of human nature, if the secret goes along with our desires, happiness, temptaions, and these aspects, we apply it. It doesn't cause us any pain or inconvenience, no matter how bad or good it is. But when we realize something that goes against our desires, and often against our environment, we resist it completely (that's the coward's way out), hide it (which causes reoccurant internal conflicts which are actually what the writer is experiencing), or face it (despite all the pain, difficulties, or sacrifices we might have to face, we accept it and try to make peace with it-basically, change our way of life).

    As for the meaning of the exact parts and some symbolisms:

    The serpent knows,
    When the curtain falls,
    In denials blindfold,
    It greets another day

    (The way most of the world lives through life (greets another day); hiding (curtain), blinding itself from the truth (blindfolds), and of course in deception (serpent) to each other and themselves.

    Dont believe the mask
    It adapts to any lie,
    The perfect ten,
    When reality caves in

    (Don't believe everything you see in the world, likewise the world shouldn't believe what they see in you because almost everyone hides his truth (mask), and constantly change according to what they want to believe superficially (adapts to any lie). I'm not so sure on this one, but I think the perfect ten is giving up when reality strikes, since one would hold both hands up when he surrenders and shows ten fingers. I think it's wrong..)

    Dont tell me,
    Tell my ghost,
    Cause I blame him
    For all I dont want to know

    (I hide the secrets inside (my ghost), so it deals with all this confusion.. I actually don't want to know the secrets of life, but they strike me, and I TRY to hide them, so don't blame me if I react wrongly and don't try to guide me because I really don't want to know.. Something along these confusing lies :D)

    Life's wrapped in a riddle,
    Easier said than done,
    Hate to play the victim,
    Rather run and hide.

    (Life is too complicated (riddle), where we say we CAN or we KNOW things around us, but the truth is we are too week to do many things or accept secrets (easier said than done.. pretty obvious). I don't want to be lost in it and have to figure it out (victim), as I actually just want to be away from this confusion (run and hide) and be in peace; yet in ignorance)

    Call back in place,
    It's easier to cope behind the curtain,
    Wipe the worries away
    No thought about consequence

    (From my inside, my ghost, I go back to my place in the world, and find it so much easier to live and adapt to the ways of the world outside of me (cope behind the curtain) denying the ghost and not having to face truth, since I loose worries and thought about consequence, life, future, reality, ...)

    I found secrets about life's undertow
    Let them take me far away

    (I've discovered secrets about the world, and I loose myself in them through internal conflicts and confusion. They make me step away from the world around me to reality, imagination, thinking, dreaming, and maybe obsessions XD.. Beyond the surface...)

    *Alias is the ghost.. our other personna.. alter ego.. mask.. disguise.. and fits other similar definitions too.
    **I know this is too much (probably no one is going to read it), but I REALLY like the song, deeply relate to it, and think about it a lot :D ALIAS<3





    MaceK6on November 25, 2009   Link

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