All my friends are skeletons
Dulcimers and chariots
Prayers to god, oh prayers to god
Hammers for our hollowed heads

Oh you had such big, big plans
Swallowed all your vitamins
Wore your poems like a scar
What ever happened to them?

Was I sleeping all this time?
Was my shadow ever mine?

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Danse macabre song meanings
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    General CommentI think it has something to do with conformist... People everywhere are conforming with the MyPod generation.

    People that blindly follow a new hallow culture, consisting of shallow icons and ignorence, and he's comparing them to the Dance of the Dead. Just like cerpin_taxt said, the dance of the dead is a mythic event where the dead dance in ritual.

    "Was I sleeping all this time, was my shadow ever mine?"
    = Conformism. No face, no shadow.



    I'm disappointed in how many people will just write something aloing the lines of "I love this song" or "Such a great song, one of my favorites!" I want to hear what you think of the lyrics, not if you like the song or not.

    >"one of my favourite wintersleep songs for sure. all their songs mean something different to me. they are soooooo amazing live" -tequila_

    We know they're awesome live, and your posting in the Wintersleep forum, so we know you like the band... You say each song means something different to you... So? What do they mean?

    I'm not trying to be an jerk, but seriously.
    Kolon December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust as the video suggests, a psychadelic hospital experience.
    Flamacueon August 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti just like the line "all my friends are skeletons"
    InsectsAndAngelson February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI |LOVE| this song.
    drinkup-babydollon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is as the name suggests, the danse of the dead. Its the medieval myth where skeletons march dansing and playing drums on their heads.
    cerpin_taxton May 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentone of my favourite wintersleep songs for sure. all their songs mean something different to me.
    they are soooooo amazing live
    tequila_on May 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti always thought this song was a tribute to the faint.
    inafutureageon February 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthere are my thoughts on the song lyrics alone (not really referring to the music video)...
    I was listening to the new album in my car... and with every song i hear a new meaning..... so part of my interpretation to the lyrics of this song come from my own insight of the new album and what i understand from those lyrics.

    I took apart the song line by line to try and interpret a meaning:

    "All my friends are skeletons"- He realizes we're "just" biological beings, skeletons, human beings not to be confused with "persons" (there is nothing personal with skeletons.... we are alive in this world.. and we're left here... with no meaning to living)

    "Dulcimers and chariots
    Prayers to god, oh prayers to god
    Hammers for our hollowed heads"- He's speaking about music (hammered dulcimer is a musical instrument)and how we experience and hear the words and sounds with music...but it fills out empty heads .....empty because we don't understand why we're here or what the purpose is. we are just beings.... existing.... experiencing.

    "Oh you had such big, big plans
    Swallowed all your vitamins"-the world was a bigger place when u were a child... lots of hope and dreams... somewhere in his life he realized another reality. Swallowed all his vitamins like a good boy (and a compliant boy).... it's important to be healthy. but now, what is the purpose of being healthy if the world doesn't have meaning?

    "Wore your poems like a scar
    What ever happened to them?"- He expresses himself through his poems and song lyrics....they are worn like a scar because they are about him... they are a caption taken from that moment in time... like a journal entry.. where his experiences and "scars" will always preserved on paper.... (incase he should forget). Then he asks, what happened to them..... is poems and writing style has changed... as his thoughts have changed.

    "Was I sleeping all this time?"- when he grew up he starting asking himself "why". why does he swallow vitamins exactly, why does he do the things he does.... what is this world we're living in.... Since he just opened his eyes to these questions he is able to see a time in his life when he was "sleeping" and not asking these questions.

    "Was my shadow ever mine?"- he's asking himself who has made these decisions for him if it wasn't him. we think we are making up our own mind.... but are we? is there free-will? are we ever free?..... is his body, his shadow, his "skeleton", or anything really belong to him?
    dancingleaveson February 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell "Danse Macabre" is french for "Strange/Gruesome Dance", so the Dance of the Dead is a valid point. However, I think it's being used as a vehicle to describe regrets of a life wasted on conformity and materialism.

    "All my friends are skeletons/Dulcimers and chariots" - I think these are metaphors for the people around him. The people he's surrounded himself with are empty, they have no mind of their own and no heart. They don't care about anything important but themselves and are thus hollow (skeletons). A dulcimer is an instrument, something that is used by someone to make music, so this could describe people with talents in some form that are being manipulated by someone else (eg. bands used by record companies for money). It could also be someone who sings their own praises. Chariots are a vehicle and are generally very extravagant and decorative, so this could describe materialistic people, people who surround themselves with money and products that they thinik make them better. However, these people are just being driven by corporations. The lines could also be taken more literally to mean he has no real friends. His friends are skeletons (his own personal demons and what not), dulcimers (art in all it's forms; music, paintings, books, etc. that he uses to describe his own life), and chariots (all the materialistic status symbols; big house, fancy car, etc.).

    "Prayers to God, oh prayers to god/Hammers for our hollowed heads" - Now that he's realized the error in the lives of himself and those around him, he hopes desperately for something to bring them all out of it. Thus, he wants a hammer, figuratively. The hammer could be used to a) knock some sense into the empty heads of the people around him or b) kill himself and just end the useless life he's made for himself.

    "Oh, you had such big, big plans/Swallowed all your vitamins" - He wanted to do something with his life. He wanted to be a unique person and make something of himself in this world of conformity. But instead he just took everything that was given to him believing the mass opinion that it was good (much like humans automatically assume a vitamin is good for the body, but it can also have harmful side effects) and never questioned or disagreed. Thus, he became one of the conformists, just like everybody else. Clearly, his plans were not fulfilled.

    "Wore your poems like a scar/Whatever happened to them?" - Perhaps there was a time in his life when he was opinionated and spoke his own mind. Perhaps there was a time when he was unique and expressive and questioned what he saw (as a poem is). But now he has lost that to the masses and is just another face in the crowd. He's not entirely sure how or why this happened, but it did.

    "Was I sleeping all this time?" - Disbelief at the idea that he was truly passive throughout most of his life. He's shocked that he spent all his life going along with the opinions of the populist society and never made his own ideas or did anything important with his life.

    "Was my shadow ever mine?" - He wonders whether he was ever his own man or if he's always been some product of the opinions and beliefs of society around. Can anything about him be called his own?

    That is what I believe the song is attempting to convey.
    themountainman14on March 22, 2009   Link

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