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

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