He says he looks in the mirror
And he can't tell anymore
Who he really is and who they believe him to be
He says he walks a thin line
Between what is and what could be
And he's getting closer to something he can't understand

But there's a crack in his plastic crown
And his throne of ice is melting
He climbed his ladder, there was nothing there
Now it's a long way down

It's a long way down

On and on and on he goes dancing on the grave
Of what he thought was still alive
On and on and on he goes, dancing in mansions made of twigs
And castles made of sand

He says his head is filled with cartoons and fairytales
He's trapped inside a dungeon of dolls with smiles on their faces
He's built a pretty cage
It shows on a beautiful stage
With candy-coated prison bars and chains that look like jewellery

'Cause there's a crack in his plastic crown
And his throne of ice is melting
He climbed his ladder, there was nothing there
Now it's a long way down

On and on and on he goes dancing on the grave
Of what he thought was still alive
On and on and on he goes, dancing in mansions made of twigs
And castles made of sand

On and on and on and on he goes, on and on
On and on and on and on he goes, on and on

'Cause he lives inside of fairytales and castles now
And there's room inside for false expectations and illusions

'Cause there's a crack in his plastic crown
And his throne of ice is melting
He climbed his ladder, there was nothing there
Now it's a long way down

It's a long way down

On and on and on he goes dancing on the grave
Of what he thought was still alive
On and on and on he goes, dancing in mansions made of twigs
And castles made of sand

On and on and on and on he goes, on and on
On and on and on and on he goes, on and on


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    General CommentThis song is alright, I guess. I've only listened to it twice (I just downloaded it) but it seems like it would have to be one of those songs that grow on you. To me it's speaking of a guy who's about to give up, but he just keeps going. For whatever reason.
    Ashleigh9169on May 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit's about a kid, who's being fooled and used by everyone he knows, he keeps on telling himself that his friends are true (dancing in mansions made of twigs) but in the end he'll find out...
    kcion June 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the loss of innocence. A kid is growing up and corruption is destroying his innocence. His throne of ice that he used to play with is melting. Now his castle is full of false expectations and illusions because the world is deceiving him. I think this is a powerful song if you read between the lines.
    DancingNanciesDMBon July 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhere can you download this song?
    got_shorties56on August 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i listened to this i only liked the lyrics, but, yes, it grows on you
    phantmsangelon September 15, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"His shows on a beautiful stage
    with candy coated prison bars
    and chains that look like jewelery"
    RebelPancakeon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI havent really studied the lyrics to this GREAT song, but ive picked up a few lines...:

    "there's a crack in his platic crown and his throne of ice is melting."
    Rekebollaon July 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthey, where did the last part of my post go?!? :O
    Rekebollaon July 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell I have an opinion about what this song could mean, Some months ago I met this boy and we became into best friends, he knew everything about me and I used to think that I knew everything about him but suddenly I fell in love with him and then he stoped talking to me =( and I was really sad but then a friend told me that everything he told me was a lie! his life was such a lie, he wasn't who he told me he was, he was living in a "fairy tale" and I think he was making "castles made of sand" I think he wanted to be soomeone else and he had a problem and he didnt really know who he was, also he was telling everyone that I was his girlfriend and that wasn't true, so maybe when I reallized all this things "CAUSE THERE'S A CRACK IN HIS PLASTIC CROWN"
    AND HIS THRONE OF ICE IS MELTING
    AND HE CAN'T TELL ANYMORE
    WHO HE REALLY IS AND WHO THEY BELIEVE HIM TO BE
    AND HE SAYS HE WALKS A THIN LINE
    BETWEEN WHAT IS AND WHAT COULD BE

    Curiously he was the one who introduced me into the Lifehouse songs, and this one and Breathing were his favorites- well hehe just a opinion!
    mariani_walkeron February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti absolutly love this song.

    my favourite part is:
    "CAUSE HE LIVES INSIDE
    OF FAIRYTALES AND CASTLES NOW,
    AND THERE'S ROOM INSIDE
    FOR FALSE EXPECTATIONS AND ILLUSIONS."

    its just a beautiful song :)
    bleedthecoloursopenon April 06, 2007   Link

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