"House Of Smoke & Mirrors" as written by and Matthew Good....
There's the house
There's the doorway
Been locked out
The lights are out anyway
And loosely reconditioned
To be just so refined
A last grasp at the life worth living
In these standard shoes and what's left of my lines
You can see right through me

Hey
I've been thinking
Why don't we get out of here tonight?
Get in the car and just start driving
Fuck them if they can't take a joke
Right?

I've fallen asleep again
And when I wake up you won't be here
Don't you think I don't know why?
I've been asleep for years

You can see right through me


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"House of Smoke & Mirrors" as written by Matthew Good

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    General CommentAnother retroactive glance by Matt Good, looking back at the institution that became MGB? Specifically who Matthew Good was in those times? "you can see right through me"

    You can definately sense that he was being pushed in a direction that was meant to market him as a caricature of himself. Almost a "Hey look, there goes Matt Good and he is pissed off about something" approach to demeaning his words and his thoughts through painting him as a radical left wing nutjob. Also a sense of self-reflection perhaps? Matthew is seeing Matt Good through the eyes of someone else.

    I think the 2nd verse is the current Matt Good speaking with the MGB version of himself, convincing himself to just let go.

    The 3rd verse is the realization that he hadn't been controlling where he was going...that he was asleep at the wheel and when he woke up, everything else around him was gone. All the reasons for him being there were gone.

    "Don't you think I don't know why?
    I've been asleep for years"
    Proyason October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentProyas: I didn't saw it that way at first, but i like your point of view... i think i'll see this song differently maybe.
    Netman_on February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first read what you said, Proyas, it seemed completely made up, but once I took a hard look at the lyrics, I saw where you were coming from.
    Eterna1on March 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first read what you said, Proyas, it seemed completely made up, but once I took a hard look at the lyrics, I saw where you were coming from.
    Eterna1on March 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first read what you said, Proyas, it seemed completely made up, but once I took a hard look at the lyrics, I saw where you were coming from.
    Eterna1on March 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyou make a good point proyas
    theinterpreteron January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOf course, what it means to the artist and every person that hears it will be completely different. I completly see how it could be about Mr. Good's life (and most likely is), but the first time I heard it, I though of a drug addiction. It seemed like relationships were falling apart all around this guy in the song and he thought that he was holding it all together. "A last grasp at a life worth living... you can see right through me". He seems to be coming to grips with the fact that his life is falling apart and he's losing/has lost the most important person to him. "When I wake up you won't be here. Don't you think I don't know why. I've been asleep for years."
    fairerlorion April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentProyas' interpretation sounds about right. This song is so beautiful.
    NirvanAFIon July 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust throwing this completely aside but patriotic observation into the mix -- MG is Canadian, therefore speaks/sings/writes Canadian English, so the lyrics would properly read "I've a favour" not favor ;)
    brynhild275on August 27, 2013   Link

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