Gonna miss your ways
Your sin, your smell, your smile
In an anxious attempt to let you know

Dancing on the roof
Of some cartoon showroom
But in an instant, I'd give it all right back

So keep moving, onward
Run through that open door
Consuming knowledge
Wormhole through times before

Can't you hear their voices crying?
Can't you hear their hearts breaking?
There is only so much we can do
Only so much can be shown to you
The rest is your choice
It's your choice

When I close my eyes
I see two faces above me
One to my left, one to my right

I took you under
Under my wing to shadow
It never did bother me to hide you from the light

So keep moving, onward
Run through that open door
Consuming knowledge
Wormhole through times before

Can't you hear their voices crying?
Can't you hear their hearts breaking?
There is only so much we can do
Only so much can be shown to you
The rest is your choice
It's your choice

So keep moving, onward
(Run through that open door)


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Cartoon Showroom song meanings
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    General CommentI think this song is about telling the "student"(the 7 billionth person of the world) that they have all of this information on their hands, but it's their choice to either ignore it and live in bliss(ignorance is bliss), or to accept the facts and live a more worrisome life.

    You can recall being a child and not having a care or worry in the world because you didn't know anything about politics or religion really. You just accepted what was taught to you, and lived in peace. Once you get older, you start questioning all these things you've been taught.

    "Dancing on the roof of some cartoon showroom, but in an instant I'd give it all right back"

    I believe this means that, even though he has learned about all these things, he'd rather be ignorant and just live happily rather than worrying about everything all the time.

    "So keep moving, onward
    Run through that open door
    Consuming knowledge
    Wormhole through times before

    There is only so much we can do
    Only so much can be shown to you
    The rest is your choice
    It's your choice"

    It also seems like he's arguing with himself on whether or not he should present this information to the student. He wants the student to know of the information, and to keep learning and look back through history, and to be able to make the choice of accepting the information or not, but once the information has been accepted, there is no turning back.

    "When I close my eyes
    I see two faces above me
    One to my left, one to my right"

    Again, this might be the conflict of one side of him wanting the student to know and to understand, and the other side of him wanting the student to blissfully live in ignorance.

    "I took you under
    Under my wing to shadow
    It never did bother me to hide you from the light"

    And once again, this is the side that wants to shield the student of the information speaking, keeping the student in the shadow of all this information.

    There is no way to make the choice without knowing of all the troubles, but once you know of all the troubles, you cannot choose to unlearn what you now know. It's a paradox.
    Yuston May 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"When I close my eyes
    I see two faces above me
    One to my left, one to my right"

    devil, angel?

    this is my favorite on the new album. makes me feel good.
    whitehotlighton May 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe explanation Yust has given is quite extensive, and one that seems to fit.

    It's interesting in the second line he uses the word 'sin' next to 'smell' and 'smile', maybe implying that all humans are fallible?

    And yes, I'll agree with Yust again, 'consuming knowledge... through times before' 'so keeping moving onwards' all seem to relate to continual self improvement.

    Aside from all of that scrutiny, I like this song a lot. Still not sure whether I think the album rivals that of Catch Without Arms or El Cielo, but it's growing on my nevertheless.
    aviatorbrisbaneon September 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationDifferent interpretation to consider: it sounds to me that a father (who has grown up beliving in a higher power, despite all the pain in the world) must decide whether to pass this belief on to his child. Instead, he encourages her to learn all she can in the world, so that she might one day save it. There will be no heavenly intervention, and everyone on earth must accept the blame.

    BREAKDOWN:

    "Dancing on the roof of some cartoon showroom"
    Imagined an almighty god enjoying the animated world below him. All the many groups that worship him, despite their different religions and names that they cry. He's enjoying the attention, not intervening, just enjoying.

    "Can't you hear their voices crying? Can't you hear their hearts breaking?"
    The father shouting up to that god, why doesn't he intervent in world disasters if he created us? Shouldn't someone so powerful take care of us and love us?

    "Their is only so much we can do, only so much can be shown to you. The rest is your choice."
    The father says we can only destroy ourselves so many times with the free will you've given us. We can only offer so many graces, and blow up so many buildings for you. For how long we do this without your intervention is your choice to make. If there is, in fact a god up there.

    with that background information, the plot comes together as follows.

    "I'm gonna miss your ways - your sin, your smell, your smile. In an anxious attempt to let you know:"
    A father thinking about her child's future after he passes away. What kind of legacy does he want to leave for her, before it's too late.

    "When I close my eyes, I see two faces above me, one to my left, one to my right."
    The father imagining himself as a child again, with parents who passed along their faith to him. One where they believe in a higher being that loves them, yet does not intervene when terrible things happen. even disasters that invoke god's name elicits no response. the cartoon showroom, again, is god's view of the world, and all the various things done in or against his name. The father cannot bring himself to pass this belief along to the future generation.

    "I took you under my wings to shadow. It never did bother me to hide you from the light."
    The father decides not to pass along his religion to his child. therefore, the child would technically be "damned", or shadowed from potential eternal life. The tone sounds sarcastic and joking, but who knows...maybe there is a god, and faith is required most importantly in the darkest times, as a test. How is he supposed to know? But he's made his decision - he cannot pass along his religion to his child.

    so, instead of religion, he encourages the child to
    "keep moving onward. run through that open door consuming knowledge - wormhole through times before."
    learn as much about the world as you can, and cherish it, for the future must accept that there will be no heavenly intervention, and that they must accept the blame for destroying their world. the wormhole through times before comes together as all the written history past generations have left behind...what has benefitted us? what can we still improve upon? we need to move forward, and let go of antiquated beliefs. future generations must find a better way forward.
    74K45Hon August 02, 2016   Link

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