"Farewell, Mona Lisa" as written by and Benjamin Allen Weinman Gregory John Puciato....
Wash it down the drain, down the drain
Wash your smile down
Yeah!
Wash it down the drain
Please!
Like it or not this is what fuel our obsessions (or insurgents?)
I'm always dreaming ? never stray far from the path.

Everything was taught to me?
But what am I supposed to say?
What am I supposed to say?
I'm sorry I guess I forgot
You think you can kill me again?
Guess I don't remember

What am I supposed to think?
What am I supposed to think?
What am I supposed to feel?
What am I supposed to feel?

There's no feeling in this place.
The echoes of the past speak louder than
Any voice I hear right now.
Don't you ever try to be more than you were destined for
Or anything worth fighting for
Don't you ever try to be more than you were destined for
Or anything worth fighting for
There's no feeling in this place
There's no feeling in this place
Feeling in this place

What did you expect?
That we were nearly home, that we would never leave
What did you expect, that we would never leave home?
That we would never leave, that we would never leave
That we would never leave, that we would never leave
What did you expect from us, we're murderers
Murderers and liars and rapists and thieves
You should never put your trust in any of us
There is nothing to gain from this interference

Don't you ever try to be more than you were destined for
Or anything worth fighting for
There's no feeling in this place
The past is louder than anything I hear right now
The past is louder than anything I hear right now


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"Farewell Mona Lisa" as written by Gregory John Puciato Benjamin Allen Weinman

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  • +4
    Song MeaningFarewell, Mona Lisa is a statement to the portion of fans and music industry that hold everything DEP has done in comparison to Calculating Infinity.

    The beginning lines -
    ________
    Wash it down the drain, down the drain
    Wash your smile down
    YEAH!!!
    Wash it down the drain
    PLEASE!!!
    Like it or not this is what fuel our obsessions (or insurgents?)
    I'm always dreaming(?), never stray far from the path.

    Everything was taught to me(?)
    But what am I supposed to say?
    What am I supposed to say?
    I'm sorry I guess I forgot
    You think you can kill me again?
    Guess I don't remember

    What am I supposed to think?
    What am I supposed to think?
    What am I supposed to feel?
    What am I supposed to feel?


    ______
    The main lines here in my view would be

    Wash it down the drain
    never stray from the path
    I guess I forgot
    I don't remember.

    This part of the song is frantic in that the message being conveyed in an angry bitter expression to the people who want everything to sound like Calculating Infinity (wash the smile down), that nothing on Miss Machine or Ire Works matters (wash it down the drain) and that they need to get back to their "roots" but they "can't remember" how.

    The next part of the song is the breakdown. The realization that even though they had put out award winning albums and had done everything possible to broaden their fan base and put on amazing shows, that they will always only be remembered for Calculating Infinity and seen as having "sold out"

    ________

    There's no feeling in this place.
    The echoes of the past speak louder than
    Any voice I hear right now.
    Don't you ever try to be more than you were destined for
    Or anything worth fighting for
    Don't you ever try to be more than you were destined for
    Or anything worth fighting for
    There's no feeling in this place
    There's no feeling in this place
    Feeling in this place

    _________

    The lack of feeling is the apathy they feel is projected towards them and the older albums (echoes of the past) are anyone still want them for. The inability to do anything more than your "destiny" is a soul shattering realization that is haunting the group, that their destiny is to put out the same math-core stuff over and over again.

    __________

    What did you expect?
    That we were nearly home, that we would never leave
    What did you expect, that we would never leave home?
    That we would never leave, that we would never leave
    That we would never leave, that we would never leave
    What did you expect from us, we're murderers
    Murderers and liars and rapists and thieves
    You should never put your trust in any of us
    There is nothing to gain from this interference

    Don't you ever try to be more than you were destined for
    Or anything worth fighting for
    There's no feeling in this place
    The past is louder than anything I hear right now
    The past is louder than anything I hear right now


    _________

    The final part brings back the anger. "WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? That we would never leave home?!" begs the question that why would so many people want the same album over and over again - why would they stay "home" their entire career and not leave to try to better themselves?

    The self-loathing then becomes evident in calling themselves liars, rapists, murderers, and screaming what did everyone expect of them in the first place this is who they have always been and they hate themselves for it now. The final screams end with the same curse of the past being louder than anything and that this album too will still be compared to Calculating Infinity.




    This album is amazing. Miss Machine is a masterpiece. Ire Works is amazing. The "hardcore community" needs to realize that Calculating Infinity is it's own thing and that they are not going back to that. One of the greatest bands ever.
    aguitarandahearton April 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment@ aguitarandaheart, I think you've got some of it right, but I don't know if it's only about their music and directed at fans. I think it could be broader than that, and I think when they say "don't you every try to be more than you were destined for or anything worth fighting for," I think it's very facetious, a caustic, biting remark showing how asinine it is when people think they know what your purpose is in life better than you do. I'm sure part of the inspiration was directed at fans, but who knows who else may have contributed to this amazing tirade of a song.
    sadeci0on September 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he is talking about the negative side of human nature and selfishness..... its as if he's singing parts of the song from the veiwpoint of the assholes that don't want to see anyone do good and will gladly take advantage or kick you down just to feel better about themselves or for personal gain......and it seems he sarcastically points out that life should be a straight line.....you choose a path and try your best to not stray from it, which can be hard to do with assholes throwing you off your game .... like bully's, rapists, child abuse, wife beaters ect. with assholes like that, life can be confusing "what am I supposed to think/say/ feel" And I think he is speaking of the finality of life.... how it must come to an end.....how we all leave home "what did you expect that we would never leave home" other words we all die. I believe the title of the song tells alot in this context..... because the mona lisa was of a homely, plain woman to most people but to enlightened eyes it is a priceless work of art. I guess what I get out of this song is that you only get one life to live, one night in town and its our choice how we choose to paint the picture and there is nothing more important than what we make of life....... but if you believe or put your trust in selfish people , you will end up wasting your life not even realizing the chance you have.
    Paulypaul14on March 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment-CORRECTIONS-

    Wash it down the drain
    Down the drain
    Wash your smile down

    Wash it down the drain please
    Like animals destined for fuel or observance
    Our role is clear, never stray far from the path

    Everything has an end

    But what am I supposed to say?
    Oh sorry, I guess I forgot
    You think you could tell me again, please?
    I don't remember
    What am I supposed to think?
    What am I supposed to feel?

    There's no feeling in this place
    The echoes of the past speak louder than
    Any voice I hear right now
    Don't you ever try to be
    More than you were destined for
    Or anything worth fighting for
    There's no feeling in this place

    What did you expect
    That we would never leave home?
    That we would never leave?
    What did you expect
    That we would never leave home?
    That we would never leave?
    What did you expect from us?
    We're murderers

    Murderers and liars and rapists and thieves
    You should never put your trust in any of us
    There is nothing to gain from this interference
    Don't you ever try to be
    More than you were destined for
    Or anything worth fighting for
    There's no feeling in this place
    The past speaks louder than anything I hear right now
    M4ND1BL3on June 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti fuckin love this song...and gregs mossles.
    a329ukon August 02, 2010   Link

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