We are thrown away,
In the house you made of every stolen moment.

Don't pretend,
I know how this ends, and who you are in secret.

All our hopes are fast asleep,
Spill the wrist of what you'll never be.

And I'll never say that everything's alright,
That when we're gone we'll sleep with satellites,
We're killing more than the loneliness behind the eyes,
Sometimes the best you can do is just survive.

Something's wrong inside,
We are feeding flies with pieces of ambition.

Prison skin,
Keeps us safety pinned
...I'll whisper your incision.

Hostile strum and icepick tongue,
Shelter here from everyone.


And I'll never say that everything's alright,
That when we're gone we'll sleep with satellites,
We're killing more than the loneliness behind the eyes,
Sometimes the best you can do is just survive.

...Just survive.


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  • +4
    My InterpretationIn my opinion, it's obviously about depression and more specifically self-harm. Here are a few interpretations from pieces of the song:

    "We are thrown away,
    In the house you made of every stolen moment."

    -> Feeling rejected and alone. If this is about self-harm, the "house of every stolen moment" could be referring to times when you sneak away to hurt yourself as a means of escaping.


    "All our hopes are fast asleep,
    Spill the wrist of what you'll never be."

    -> "Spill the wrist" is a rather obvious give-away that it's about self-cutting. A common reason for self-harm is very low self-esteem, which is seen here with the lyric "what you'll never be."


    "Prison skin,
    Keeps us safety pinned
    ...I'll whisper your incision."

    -> Scarred skin is like a prison that you hide from everyone, causing you to withdrawal even more from the world; but it's also evidence of what has been done to keep you alive. Remember, self-harm isn't a suicide attempt, it's the opposite- anti-suicide. "Incision" is, again, a strong indication that it's about self-harm.


    "Hostile strum and icepick tongue,
    Shelter here from everyone."

    -> I don't know if this is about the narrator/ singer or about other people. It could be his own aggressive demeanour and way of keeping a distance from other people, or it could be about the treatment others give him. Either way, self-harm becomes his shelter.


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    I could look at the perspective of the song from two ways, though I'm more inclined to believe the second of the following two ideas.
    1. From the tone of the song, I also feel like it's someone trying to sympathise with someone who suffers from major depression. The song is soft and spoken is a comforting tone. The person might be a concerned friend, hence "I know how this ends, and who you are in secret."

    2. Though the above sounds ok, the chorus of the song leads me to believe it's someone who is himself suffering, and he is reflecting on his own mental illness. When he says "Something's wrong inside/ We are feeding flies with pieces of ambition." he is accepting the way he feels, and that even though the self-destructive behaviour is bad, it's the "best you can do to survive". Which is why the song is sung so calmly. He knows he is far from alright- "And I'll never say that everything's alright"- but he can't escape from the illness. He can't live without it, whether for better or for worse.


    This song hits close to home...
    Alithavenon May 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgree with you mostly. I know just how each song has a different meeting for everyone. I can relate it to the pain you put yourself through just to get that hit of satisfaction. I think it is about someone who is bullied or hurt in some way and the self-harm he is putting himself through to distract himself from it all. How we are different people in secret, smiling to hide everything underneath, but in reality we are dying inside.
    FreezerGhoston June 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot sure what it's about, but it's awesome!!
    iwnbts17on April 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song is absolutely beautiful. I love how calm it is in comparison to some of Bret's angrier songs, as well as how powerful it manages to be despite that. Now for my analysis! c:

    "We are thrown away,
    In the house you made of every stolen moment."

    So this song is about someone who is depressed. To me, this stanza seems to be sung from the perspective of a friend/family member who found out about the depressed person, and they are shocked. Thrown away is similar to blown away. Also, people who are depressed isolate themselves instead of going for help; it's a symptom of the disorder. So this family member/friend feels like they were discarded/thrown away as a source of help.

    "Don't pretend,
    I know how this ends, and who you are in secret."

    Depressed people are always pretending. Withdrawing and hiding your true feelings are a symptom of the disorder. Someone is confronting the depressed person out of concern. "How this ends" would be a reference to suicide. The concerned person doesn't want that to happen.

    "All our hopes are fast asleep,
    Spill the wrist of what you'll never be."

    In a depressive state, hope dies. One feels nothing but the persistent negativity. And the "spilling the wrist" is of course referring to cutting. I also feel like it is describing what one is trying to do when they cut. The physical pain is a distraction, yes, but it's also a release. A release of the inner pain. This person feels like they will never be happy, popular, loved, all that, and they are releasing "what they will never be" along with the blood when they cut.

    "And I'll never say that everything's alright,
    That when we're gone we'll sleep with satellites,
    We're killing more than the loneliness behind the eyes,
    Sometimes the best you can do is just survive."

    Someone is depressed will never, ever, admit that everything will be alright. Because they can't believe it. The second line refers to the freedom that comes with death. Being gone = dead, and sleeping with satellites suggests floating freely in space.
    The third line took me a while. But it seems to me that someone who is depressed is trying to kill "the loneliness behind the eyes" AKA the pain or the depression by cutting. But, in the process, they are self-destructing and causing themselves more pain. It's like...well. Popping a zit, I suppose. You feel some pain but it dissipates quicker since all the disgustingness is outta there. Howevs, this also spreads bacteria so more form. You're super welcome for that tasty analogy.
    And now for my favourite line. The fourth line refers to the idea that someone who is depressed is just barely surviving. They're not living, not enjoying. Just scraping by, taking it day by day.

    "Something's wrong inside,
    We are feeding flies with pieces of ambition."

    Wrong inside; mental disorder that is killing you without any obvious symptoms. Pieces of ambition; hope and ambition both die when people are depressed. All that exists is the pain, and the feeling that the pain will just continue forever. Thus, you can't hope the future will improve, and you can't be ambitious and make the future better.

    "Prison skin,
    Keeps us safety pinned
    ...I'll whisper your incision."

    Suggests suicide and cutting. Prison skin; skin, the body, is a prison. And this person wants to be free of it. Thus, they "whisper an incision" or cut themselves. However, this is just a temporary release from the "prison skin"; cuts always heal. Thus it foreshadows suicide.

    "Hostile strum and icepick tongue,
    Shelter here from everyone."

    "Hostile strum" and "icepick tongue" refer to an angry voice and cold, sharp words. The depressed person is pushing everyone away by being angry and aggressive and leaving themselves isolated. They consider this "sheltering". This is a common problem with depression; they push everyone who can possibly help away, and thus the depression worsens.

    Tbh, I rly feel like I'm missing something with my analysis of this song. There's more to it, I know. But for now, this is my simple analysis I suppose. c:
    wraffieon November 09, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis a truly amazing song. Not only does it speak about the individuals depressive state going forward, but speaks to the whole as an oppressed state when inverted.

    Hostile strum and icepick tongue,
    Shelter here from everyone.

    War drums strum, and governments speak cold words
    Stay at home, where you're 'safe' from everyone

    Prison skin,
    Keeps us safety pinned
    ...I'll whisper your incision.

    Unable to break free of our bonds,
    Pinned under the ever watchful eye of 'security',
    Whispers of truth, for fear of death.

    Something's wrong inside,
    We are feeding flies with pieces of ambition.

    Something's wrong inside the system (the country, the population, the community, the people),
    Everyone turns into an 'enemy' with their ambitions to reach the top (power, greed, selfishness, duality)

    All our hopes are fast asleep,
    Spill the wrist of what you'll never be.

    Our hopes, The People, are asleep, (unaware, in denial, told not to think about it)
    Death may be our only escape to freedom (what we'll never be is alive and free)

    Don't pretend,
    I know how this ends, and who you are in secret.

    We must stop lying to ourselves,
    History repeats itself, We know who's behind this (They've done this before, we've been lead away from this truth, banned, destroyed, burned, hidden, secret)

    We are thrown away,
    In the house you made of every stolen moment.

    We are nothing, we are useless, we are machines, numbers, (we are thrown away when we know too much, are injured, too old, we are trash when we serve them no purpose),
    In the Empire they made, of every stolen life.


    Sometimes the best you can do is just survive.

    We have to fall asleep to survive,
    (Or "We must survive to fight back")

    We're killing more than the loneliness behind the eyes,

    To kill the loneliness we feel we must fall asleep,
    (Or "We're bringing the people back together," unity, solidarity)

    That when we're gone we'll sleep with satellites,

    We may forever sleep wishing we were in the stars.
    (This could also be "Our only freedom is escaping to the stars"
    Or "Only in death will we sleep soundly protected in the heavens"
    Or "Those who fight will be gone, and the sleeping mass will forever be under surveillance")

    And I'll never say that everything's alright,

    This life will never be alright (we will always fight for freedom), Even if freedom is achieved once more we must be ever vigilant, it'll never be alright for this to happen (Again)

    ...Just survive.

    The only option they'll give us.
    tehdon April 08, 2013   Link

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