Locked away in a cage
My rage has got the best of me
Time finds a way each day
It's leaving less of me behind
I find this fight
Must be won inside my mind
So uptight and confined often blinded by the light

Taking it's toll on my system
Like some played out existence

Time ticks away these last few moments!
Is there anything we've left unsaid?
I'm on a quest for atonement
I've got to find piece of mind and a place to rest!

Biding my time
Until I'm strong enough to fight back (hope)
(verse 1 in backround)
I hope against hope
For some resistance
Been taking it out
On my system!

Time ticks away these last few moments!
Is there anything we've left unsaid?
I'm on a quest for atonement
I've got to find piece of mind and a place to rest!
Time ticks away these last few moments!
Is there anything we've left unsaid?
I'm on a quest for atonement
I've got to find piece of mind and a place to rest!

REST(x4)

Calm before the storm
And the western front is quiet
I've got rembrandt as my right hand
And Solo as my pilot
There's a calm before the storm
And the western front is quiet
I've got Rembrandt as my right hand
Solo as my pilot!

Condemned man (condemned)
Convicted man (convicted)
Could not save my life
Cutting strand by strand (strand by strand)
Condemned man (condemned)
Convicted man (convicted)
Could not save my life
Cutting strand by strand (strand by strand)

Passing it off
Like some kind of king
You don't know peace
Til' you've had suffering (I've suffered!)
All of your so called resolve
But you haven't tasted pain
Have you ever been inside of the new masterpiece? (Rest)
Have you ever been inside?
(Rembrandt as my right hand and Solo as my pilot)
Have you ever been inside of the new masterpiece?
(It just comes!
Rembrandt as my right hand and Solo as my pilot!)

Condemned man (condemned)
Convicted man (convicted)
Could not save my life
Cutting strand by strand (strand by strand)
Condemned man (condemned)
Convicted man (convicted)
Could not save my life
Cutting strand by strand (strand by strand)

BY STRAND! (x8)

Condemned
Condemned
(Strand by Strand)


Lyrics submitted by MattG3169, edited by sinrise

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  • +3
    My Interpretation Guys, it absolutely has do with an internal conflict within a character! As others have said, first understand it is about one single character, who starts as a boy here, and matures to an old man. Also know that The Rabbit is symbolic of what is inside the main character's head (in other words his psyche). Okay, now the juicy stuff...

    At the beginning of the video, the band walks out from inside the Rabbit and is divided into 2 separate groups; all black on the left side of the screen, and white with black on the other. The 2 sides are shown colliding and fighting against each other (essentially good vs. evil in the characters mind). Furthermore, Jmann and Jeffrey are back-to-back with their arms interlocked, as if they are stuck together because their powers are negating each other and neither one is dominant over the other. It's symbolic of an individual who wants to do right, but his demons won't allow him to, which takes an enormous mental toll on the person. The boy's facial expressions show how unsure and terrified he is of what is happening to him.

    Then, "There's a calm before the storm, and the Western front is quiet" is exactly what it says, it is calm, but the "storm" is coming and there will be one great final battle. The song commences with an epic instrumental roar as Jmann and Jeffrey, representing each side, trade lines in the verse, basically arguing and battling with each other verbally. One side says, "you don't know peace 'til you've had suffering" to which the other side replies, "I have suffered."

    During this, it shows the band members colored in black cutting the Rabbit with a chainsaw, representing the individual being literally destroyed mentally. Then, both black and white band members walk back inside the Rabbit. Lastly, the character who is now an elderly man, barely tugging on the Rabbit (his emotional baggage)...falls to the ground, unable to move forward from the weight of his inner turmoil he has fought with his whole life. Unable to conquer his demons, he is now condemned to death. He finally gives up and dies.

    P.S. I feel the words "Rembrandt as my right hand, solo as my pilot" are nothing more than creative use of words by Jmann that work for the song and sound cool, but really aren't important to the story being told. The "Nowhere" sign shows the man has accomplished little and feels hopelessly lost, held back all his life by this conflict.
    KjSwantkoon April 03, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with andamizer. This song could mean a lot on the perspective of time and mortality.

    Solitaire is a type of diamond. I think the title in itself is saying that nothing lasts forever. Everything and everyone is condemned to life and death, so people need to wake up and use their lives to amount to something. Time ticks away these last few moments... is there anything we've left unsaid? Basically, the end is going to come and people don't realize it until they're staring death in the face and then there are things that should have been said or done when they had time. I'm on a quest for atonement, got to find a peice of mind and a place to rest... Need to make everything the best I can and accept what life is.
    Even the sounds eem to progress through ages... the begining starts off with random sounds, then sounds almost like a toy, a simple melody. Then it explodes into full fledged guitar and gradually becomes more reflective with the repeated lyrics and keyboards. The end goes strand by strand and fades out. Makes me think of life, newborn, growing, childhood, adolesence, adulthood, and old age.
    Everyone fades away but when each generation has a responsibility to work with the next they create world (masterpiece) for their children.

    This is just something I thought up with a friend. I'm not sure if it's anythihng like what Mushroomhead had in mind but I find it interesting and no one else seems to have mentioned this view.
    Ancient Lorcadoon June 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's atonement.

    In an interview or something I think the drummer said that the name Mushroomhead was designed to make people think because it could mean so many things. Drugs, sex, or fungal. It supposed to be kind of ambiguous.

    The two things that I thought of that could be the new masterpiece: Life, or Civilization. Rembrant as my right hand, solo as my pilot. Does anyone get that? Because of the talents of others in the past its possible to build things (masterpiece, way of living, civilization) that one couldn't alone. I really haven't figured this out though.
    Ancient Lorcadoon August 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis kinda sounds like split-personalities. J-Mann is the bad side, Nothing is the good side, J-Mann, being the bad side is trying to oppress the good side, and Nothing (good side) is trying to break free. But they do write seprately so i'm most probably talking about nuthin'. One of the most brilliant songs ever written though
    Dr_Wu_Bruon August 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin MY OPINION watching the music video and studying the lyrics i came up with this


    the song is actually about life

    if you watch the video the signs point to "nowhere"

    also if you notice it's the same person in the music video going through trials throughout his entire life till he dies, the band exits in the begining to start the mans trials, before he dies the band goes back into the RABBIT

    now the RABBIT is the symbol of life and birth

    MEANING- they are going to walk out again and repeat the cycle, BASICALLY meaning that your pain life is a never ending circle of pain, that unless you get "strong enough to fight back" than life is going to get the best of you
    privatchavez0022on October 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis this not just about being comdemned to death and saying a big FUCK YOU to capital punishment?
    hell_i_call_my_headon April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would have never thought about that, but yes, I think you are right.....
    MattG3169on April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy takes on this song are as follows: Solitary confinement; being sent to and locked away in an insane asylum; suicide. Anyone agree with any of these three ideas??
    darkLIGHT313on April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with all of your interpretations..but i think that we have to understand that J-Man and Jeffery Nothing write their parts to songs SEPERATELY. They don't write their parts together. So, you have to look at each part as if they are seperate songs entirely-cuz in reality they are.
    Violent_Kiwion April 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the meaning behind the song come from two points. Jeffery Nothing sings from someone who is incarerated, trying to rebel against the system that contains him. J-Mann sings from the relization that its hopeless to rebel, and that death is the only alternitive. I could be wrong, but thats what i picked up.
    sandman316on April 30, 2002   Link

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