These ghosts I keep inside
Shards of glass in my veins
Release me from myself, release
From my duality

I face this as a soldier would
But useless is my war
The innocence that smiles today
Tomorrow will be lying

Who is that really dies, when all the people look at me?
And I'm twisting my fingers in my hair
While a mirror reflects me

Now I'm digging to the bone
All the painting
Scratching at flesh, drives me mad
To be alive and free

And the ghosts I keep inside myself
How do they see me?
While again I'm drowning
With my soul
You will save me?


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    General CommentI think the key point of this song is definitely the duality of oneself, they even pointed it out in a page they used to have long time ago, the used to have this phrases at the begging of each lyric, that, in a way, described what the song was about, in this song case they wrote: "Release yourself, from your duality."
    For me what it means and why I like this song so much is because I believed it to be about this person who is very sensitive and has been guilted into being something else his/her whole life and so he/she acts in a certain way that is slightly different from who she/he was before, kind of like if your self has been fragmented into two parts. But then it happens again and again, until you can no longer tell who the real you truly is.
    And think it happens to everyone to some degree, the thing is that we don't always realize it. But that's why we act different depending on who we are with. We don't act the same when we are with our family as we act when we are with our friends; so in a way it is normal, the issue comes when the fragmentations takes parts of you that were important to your selfness and you end up losing yourself in the parts to the point when you can no longer tell who is the real you. And you think if I could only eliminate this others me, but it is not that simple, because every single "part" has a PART of you, and that's when the " Who is that really dies, when all the people look at me? " fragment comes from. O.k. I may have lost myself in the explanation here, jeje, it seems as thou I'm just rambling but I'm not, I truly believed the song to be about this, I just didn't know how to explain it. But in any case I think is an amazing song, I have even appropriated of the name of the song as my pseudonymous
    VeinsOfGlasson June 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI listened to this song time and time again. I believe is trying to explain what its like to make an impact anywhere, but your efforts are discarded."i face this as a soldier would, but useless is my war" It is not good for the soul to feel anger or disappointment.
    aceticaon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love your point of view on this song.and i totaly agree with you...and lacuna coil of coarse.i feal as if everyday i fight a neverending war that i cant win and at times it seems so pointless...
    liesoftomarrowon July 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe it's about finding your true self.
    "Release me from myself, release
    From my duality " it's about internal conflicts and wanting to be free of them.
    "I face this as a soldier would
    But useless is my war
    The innocence that smiles today
    Tomorrow will be lying " since it's related to "release me...", it's about fighting the ghosts. but it doesn't matter whether you 'win' or not since your innocence that let you appreciate life today will turn into another illusion later.

    "Now I'm digging to the bone
    All the painting
    Scratching at flesh, drives me mad
    To be alive and free "
    it's the strongest refenrence to getting rid of the shallowness, lies, etc and to go to the essential.

    "And the ghosts I keep inside myself
    How do they see me? "
    the ghosts could be your just insecurities or the feeling that other people judge you.

    excuse me for my english. long time, no practice.
    Dexieson August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI stronly believe that all kids will face a war with themselves at one point, and I know that there are a lot of songs about that these days. Many artists want kids to feel that they aren't alone with their problems, like someone else has gone through the same thing. I used to feel comfort in knowing that someone else has been through what I had, cos I felt like an outcast from everyone else who had not gone through the same... A lot of teens will go through times where they want to die, or they feel distraught, whatever, and a lot of the time they turn to music to comfort them. Even though this isn't really about this song, I just wanted to point it out. I think this is a really good example of what I was talking about though, and a good song. Ciao.
    *Soulesseyes*on September 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about feeling guilt for doing something terrible and having to live with it and wishing you could just let it go and be happy.

    One of Lacuna Coil's best!!
    rikrob21on September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of Evanescence's "Breathe No More", thematically, that is.

    I think it's about someone that always carries some sort of a mask, is never honest about who he/she is, and it's killing him/her.

    "These ghosts I keep inside
    Shards of glass in my veins
    Release me from myself, release
    From my duality"

    It's a horrible feeling to live constantly in hiding

    "I face this as a soldier would
    But useless is my war
    The innocence that smiles today
    Tomorrow will be lying"

    He/she tries to break out from the facade, but it's too hard, so the charade keeps going on.

    "Who is that really dies, when all the people look at me?
    And I'm twisting my fingers in my hair
    While a mirror reflects me"

    The "who is it that really dies" line I think refers to when the person is acting like someone he/she isn't, the real self is being "killed".

    "Now I'm digging to the bone
    All the painting
    Scratching at flesh, drives me mad
    To be alive and free

    And the ghosts I keep inside myself
    How do they see me?
    While again I'm drowning
    With my soul
    You will save me?"

    These feelings of insecurity and duality are driving the person mad, he/she doesn't want to pretend, but can't reveal his/her true self, it's too hard. A plea for help.
    binnion October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI seriously think it's about inflicting self harm on oneself while feeling there's some sort of guilt attached to it that's making them do the things they are doing.
    The Red Pyramidon March 08, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song embodies the struggles of addiction. In the song i believe the ghosts are a metaphorical personification of addiction which can take on a spiritual presence once it has a hold on someone forcing them against their will. The line asking "release from myself" and from "my duality" also seem to suggest this as well as the line about being a soldier but "useless is my war" which tells of the hopeless feeling one must have feeling like they cant win. "The innocence that smiles today, Tomorrow will be lying". This seems to tell of when a person is fighting against this but doesnt know if the next day they may not be able to hold on and will be taken again by the "ghosts". "Who is that really dies, when all the people look at me? And I'm twisting my fingers in my hair While a mirror reflects me". Can't figure out how to explain this line but somehow it makes sense to me. The chorus with cristina seems self explanatory in this context. Anyways this is a great song and my first post so let me know your opinions!
    DudeXXeduDon April 05, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is about someone who is living behind a mask or disguise, but really just wants to be who they really are.
    "These ghosts I keep inside
    Shards of glass in my veins
    Release me from myself, release
    From my duality"
    This refers to having spent years being someone you're not and wanting to let your real self out, so that they don't have to live as two people.

    "I face this as a soldier would
    But useless is my war
    The innocence that smiles today
    Tomorrow will be lying"
    When she tries being herself, no one seems to care or believe that this is really her.She tries to keep her hopes up, but realizes it's probably all useless.

    "Who is that really dies, when all the people look at me?
    And I'm twisting my fingers in my hair
    While a mirror reflects me"
    She is feeling disappointed, either in herself for being able to be herrself or the people around her for not accepting her.

    "Now I'm digging to the bone
    All the painting
    Scratching at flesh, drives me mad
    To be alive and free"
    She is trying to figure out a way to be "alive and free."

    "And the ghosts I keep inside myself
    How do they see me?
    While again I'm drowning
    With my soul
    You will save me?"
    She is thinking of how she should see herself or maybe how her past self would see her. So, now all she has left to do is to make everything okay.
    theAegisDemonon June 08, 2012   Link

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