He wakes up early today
Throws on a mask that will alter his face
Nobody knows his real name
But now he just uses one he saw on a grave

He pretends that he's okay
But you should see
Him in bed late at night, he's petrified
Take me out, and finish this waste of a life

Everyone gather around for a show
Watch as this man disappears as we know
Do me a favor and try to ignore
As you watch him fall through a blatant trapdoor

He thinks that faith might be dead
Nothing kills a man faster than his own head
He used to see dreams at night
But now he's just watching the backs of his eyes

He pretends that he's okay
But you should see
Him in bed late at night, he's petrified
Take me out, and finish this waste of a life

Everyone gather around for a show
Watch as this man disappears as we know
Do me a favor and try to ignore
As you watch him fall through a blatant trapdoor

Take me out, and finish this waste of a life

Everyone gather around for a show
Watch as this man disappears as we know
Do me a favor and try to ignore
When you watch him fall through a blatant trapdoor
'Cause nobody knows he's alive


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  • +14
    My InterpretationI'm pretty sure this song is about how loneliness and depression can eat away at someone's sanity.

    "He wakes up early today Throws on a mask that will alter his face" i.e. hiding behind a smile or cheery disposition.

    "Nobody knows his real name But now he just uses one he saw on a grave" Nobody knows his real personality, all they get is one he made up. I know that personally I name characters after the names I see on gravestones; but this is also a possible reference to how dead he feels inside.

    "He pretends that he's okay
    But you should see
    Him in bed late at night, he's petrified
    Take me out, and finish this waste of a life"
    He's afraid of dying but wants to kill himself. "me" here is a gun or a method of suicide, I believe. The singer is taking the position of the suicidal thoughts or depression observing the sufferer.
    "Everyone gather around for a show
    Watch as this man disappears as we know
    Do me a favor and try to ignore
    As you watch him fall through a bleeding trapdoor"
    People who are depressed often melt away from their friends, leaving them wondering where the person they used to know has gone. The singer is telling the sufferer's friends that they should ignore his problems, which is probably a reference to the oft-repeated mantra "I'm fine." Still, the friends can see he's in trouble but they don't want to put unwanted pressure to get help on him.

    "He thinks that faith might be dead
    Nothing kills a man faster than his own head"
    He can't find the spirituality or faith he used to have, which meant a lot to him. It's making him even more upset, and he loses hope.

    "He used to see dreams at night
    But now he's just watching the backs of his eyes"
    He's not remembering his dreams, if he's sleeping at all. Insomnia can make depression worse.

    "'Cause nobody knows he's alive"
    He feels abandoned and nobody would care if he died, because he's already dead to the world.
    angelumcaedison July 23, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is one of the most touching songs in the album but the meaning is pretty much clear.
    It is about a depressed man.
    The depression is described so deeply that I can't help but wonder if Tyler is just talking about himself in 3rd person.
    The nameless masked man could even be the depression itself. (It makes the meaning a lot optimistic though, because we are basically watching this man die)

    Emphasis on death and maybe suicidal thoughts are also striking. "Take me out, and finish this waste of a life." He and this masked man (IT'S BLURRY FACE GUYS) are two separate people. But they are still together. He wants to be saved. He want's us to destroy the other masked one. (it's a call for help, i'm gonna cry)

    "Cause no body knows he's alive" Ok, he wants to get rid of the other part of him. He wants help too. But no one's even aware. It's like a secret.

    One more thing, "everyone gather around for a show" and "Do me a favor and try to ignore, when you watch him fall through a blatant trapdoor" implies how no one really cares what's happening to him. The darkness is consuming and whether he hides it or he's blatantly falling - no one's seeing.
    broccolison September 17, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI this song touches on depression very easily, but I think the other theme in this song is drug addiction. I am a recovering drug addict, so for me it jumped out right away and made sense.

    The songs starts with the line "He wakes up early today, throws on a mask that will alter his face." I've taken this to mean that this man is getting high, this "mask" is the euphoria that is experienced by the user. It changes their behavior and perception of the world. They change.

    "Nobody knows his real name" because he is lying to everyone. In a lot of fantasy magic lore, someone's "real name" or "true name" is the name that defines the entirety of the individual, all their traits are explained within their true name, so because he hides his addiction from loved ones, nobody truly knows his true name. The name from the grave could be an artistic way of saying that he has killed his identity by letting this addiction control him.

    "He thinks that faith might be dead." When your life is being controlled by addiction, your life really sucks, it's hard to keep the faith when you feel that you're helpless, and not even God seems to care about your predicament.

    "He used to seem dreams at night now he's just watching the backs of his eyes." I used to be unable to dream because I was getting high everyday, it actually affected my brain. Certain drugs can cause this to happen, and I think this is what Tyler may be referring to.

    Pretending to be okay is pretty obvious, people usually aren't willing ti admit when they have a problem, that's why it's the first step in recovery, and if this person is "petrified" while in bed at night, it's safe to guess that this guy is self-medicating.to cope with some type of problem like anxiety or depression.

    When he says "finish this waste of life", it's a cry to God to get rid of him. Obviously he's disgusted with himself, and would rather die than continue to live this life.

    And finally, trap doors usually are designed to kill the victim that is unfortunate to go through them, while using drugs to help cope may seem like a harmless thing because you are aiming to help yourself, it's a trap because of how they can consume your life by how dependent you can become from them. So falling through this one is referencing the mystery man killing himself one day at a time through drug use.

    Sorry if this seems jumbled and all over the place; I have had this idea in my head for like a year or more, and I just kinda barfed it up to try to share it with you, the reader. I hope this made sense, and if you're struggling with some type of addiction, please, get the help you need. You're strong enough to do it, you just need to try. Stay Alive guys |-/
    Tmnt530on March 14, 2017   Link

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