"House of Hallways" as written by and Matthew/reed Poulos....
And as it gets dark in this house of hallways
And no corridor leads to the stairs
With still wet black paint on all the windows
We got no clocks 'cause time don't care here

So tell me your name young noble stranger
And tell me just what we're doing here
Have you painted walls with all the answers
Have you hidden doors with all our fears

What he said is the soul's rock hard but the heart's trapped underneath
And the weight of it all gets enough just to crush the best out of you and me
But I swear that there's someone who cares here enough to set us free
And if the world don't turn just enough to bring her honest
Then I guess we're better off forgotten

The walls stay too thin in this house of hallways
They let through the echoes and the stares
And they'll bleed bright red with scribbled riddles
Scratched out of their panels by angered air

'Cause God knows I've made all my own choices
And if I drown alone it's 'cause I choose
To spend my time drinking in the stairwells
When we've both got way too much to prove

'Cause the soul's rock hard but the heart's trapped underneath
And the weight of it all gets enough just to crush the best out of you and me
But I swear that there's someone who cares here enough to set us free
And if the world don't turn just enough to bring her honest
Then I guess we're better off forgotten


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"House of Hallways" as written by Alexander Reed Matthew Poulos

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    Song MeaningTo me the song is about love and heart break.

    "And as it gets dark in this house of hallways
    And no corridor leads to the stairs
    With still wet black paint on all the windows
    We got no clocks 'cause time don't care here"

    That sounds like he's become heartbroken, you lose track of time and yourself. The black windows might mean that the light in his life (love) is gone and theres nothing there to make him happy.

    'So tell me your name young noble stranger
    And tell me just what we're doing here
    Have you painted walls with all the answers
    Have you hidden doors with all our fears'

    He's asking why do we deserve to be in the postion of heartbreak. Im not sure about painting walls with all the anwsers bit, im thinking maybe getting the emotions out. The hidden doors with fears meaning that he feels theres no way out cause his fears block all exits for him and wont allow him to leave this heartbroken feeling.

    "What he said is the soul's rock hard but the heart's trapped underneath
    And the weight of it all gets enough just to crush the best out of you and me
    But I swear that there's someone who cares here enough to set us free
    And if the world don't turn just enough to bring her honest
    Then I guess we're better off forgotten'

    "Souls rock hard.." Meaning he's being strong but inside he's dying from it all, heartbroken. He then says that there will be someone thatll save us from this heartbreak and bring us love, and if the one that put us here doesn't see how bad she's fucked up and lost out then your better off not being with them.

    'The walls stay too thin in this house of hallways
    They let through the echoes and the stares
    And they'll bleed bright red with scribbled riddles
    Scratched out of their panels by angered air'

    His walls that are keeping everything in/out arent as strong and its showing to everyone how he feels and he can see and hear people talking about it. The riddles may refer to the questions why, why did she leave me? Why me? Why do I feel so broken? And being so angry about it all losing your sense of judgement.

    "'Cause God knows I've made all my own choices
    And if I drown alone it's 'cause I choose
    To spend my time drinking in the stairwells
    When we've both got way too much to prove'

    Hes done everything he feels is right and he figures if its not enough for people then hed rather die alone. Drinking in the stairwells could mean drinking away the emotions with a stair case representing happyness (going up) and sadness (going down) and drinking leaves him unsure of how he feels so he sits in the stairwells.

    This is my interpretation to the song anyways, song hits hard for me hope it does for others.
    ThatSpideyGuyon July 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIn my oppinion, the songs isn't another heartbreak song, it is more a heartbreaking song.

    "And as it gets dark in this house of hallways
    And no corridor leads to the stairs
    With still wet black paint on all the windows
    We got no clocks 'cause time don't care here"

    For me, it sounds as if he has sunken deep into a dark place, which did not seem dark at first. He keeps searching for a way up, a way out.
    The black, wet paint could be a describtion of the darkness that he can't escape, and since the paint won't allow any light inside, he don't know what time it is, but he doesn't really care either.
    For me, this sounds like depression - I should know.

    "So tell me your name young noble stranger
    And tell me just what we're doing here
    Have you painted walls with all the answers
    Have you hidden doors with all our fears"

    This young noble stranger could be the strange, tender start of something horrible, also if we're hearing about how he's feeling deep inside, then this noble stranger is the unknown feeling of depression, which never belong anywhere.

    "What he said is the soul's rock hard but the heart's trapped underneath
    And the weight of it all gets enough just to crush the best out of you and me
    But I swear that there's someone who cares here enough to set us free
    And if the world don't turn just enough to bring her honest
    Then I guess we're better off forgotten"

    The stranger told him, that eventhough he may come off as hard, then his heart is trapped underneath. The weight of depression and social anxiety is so heavy, and no one can carry it for long. Depression tells us, that we're never good enugh, that no one could ever love us, and he then tells us, that there's someone who cares, and that they will set us free from depression and other metal illnesses. But if world don't t see this as a bigger issue (depression), just enough to make those with mental illnesses, to get them to open up about it, then they'd feel like they're better off forgotten.

    "The walls stay too thin in this house of hallways
    They let through the echoes and the stares
    And they'll bleed bright red with scribbled riddles
    Scratched out of their panels by angered air"

    Since the walls are thin, the walls could be glass, or something we can look through. This makes it sound like he feels as if everyone is staring straight at him, and even though he screams, it is but echoes that no one decides to hear/listen to. This gives him the feeling of being alone and that makes him angry and sad all at once. To get these mixed up feelings away, he drags a blade across "his panels" meaning arms/wrists and legs. When people look at them, they can't understand the riddle of WHY he'd do it.

    "'Cause God knows I've made all my own choices
    And if I drown alone it's 'cause I choose
    To spend my time drinking in the stairwells
    When we've both got way too much to prove"

    He talks about God and choises, who knows what he did - hence the self-harming. He/God know, that he breaks down, drowning inside himself, whenever he's alone. He drinks his sorrow away - also here's he drowning. And by both, he means God and himself. God has to prove, that he can take care of the whom he created, and the depressed has to prove, that he can stay alive, though it may be hard.

    He then repeats the chorus, which I already have told you about.
    Anyways, this is how I see the song. It IS a very deep song, which I surely do love quite a lot.
    Fosson March 08, 2016   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know what this song is about? I thought it was maybe where a person is trapped where they love someone but that someone doesn't love them back, but I'm really not sure.
    plaidrox101on February 23, 2012   Link

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