"When Skeletons Live" as written by and Claudio Sanchez Travis Stever....
She wheezes out her dying wish.
Come closer, one more moment, one more kiss
And I love her, I give her all I can
Her body sinks, her heat released
The curtains swing, this time she leaves
I will remember all she's done for me
But only I forgot that I'm not ready to let her go
As all time moves, you'll be riddled with doubt
You'll mourn to pull through, but love is dangerous

When skeletons live inside your closets thick and thin
You'll fear like no one will hear us sing our songs
The truth is relevant, but not for long
Cause love is our downfall

I'm sorry this life cuts out everything
And leaves you with scrounge for nothing

There's no chance to try and mend,
Whats been broken can't be bent
So the past remains the past until present
The cradle says this black demise
This chained coffin breathes our time's demise
All these shackles deceive just how long I've grieved

I made my move with no worry or doubt
Let them live as they do, my eternal reminder

When skeletons live inside your closets
They can make you fear that no one will hear us sing our songs
The truth is relevant, but not for long
This love is our downfall

I'm sorry but the hurts
Not going away
I'll bury all the past,
Everything in it's place

(Give us the monster!)

When skeletons live inside your closets thick and thin
You'll fear like no one will hear us sing our songs
The truth is relevant, but not for long
Cause love...

When skeletons live
When skeletons live
When skeletons live inside your closets thick and thin
You'll fear that no one will hear

Ooh, I'm sorry this life cuts out everything
And leaves you to scrounge for nothing
(Give us the monster)
Cuts out everything
And leaves you to scrounge for nothing
(Give us the monster)
Cuts out everything
And leaves you to scrounge for nothing
(Give us the monster)


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"When Skeletons Live" as written by Travis Stever Claudio Sanchez

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    My InterpretationObvious ****novel**** spoilers follow.

    My theory about this? It is directly about Hohenberger and Pearl. Hell, much of this album and the novel is...

    "She wheezes out her dying wish.
    Come closer, one more moment, one more kiss
    And I love her, I give her all I can
    Her body sinks, her heat released
    The curtains swing, this time she leaves
    I will remember all she's done for me"

    > Simple enough: her final death.

    "But only I forgot that I'm not ready to let her go
    As all time moves, you'll be riddled with doubt
    You'll mourn to pull through, but love is dangerous"
    > Both reflecting on the way they're dealing with the situation. Pearl mourns to survive the mental assaults, but it ends up turning on her and breaking her eventually.

    "When skeletons live inside your closets thick and thin
    you'll fear that no one will hear us sing our songs
    The truth is relevant, but not for long
    cause love is our downfall"
    > Love resulted in the creation of the Monstar and the truth that Leonard wants to tell his wife about the failsafes and the true nature of how he'd implemented it is only relevant whilst the backup plan he created works. The virus is the "living" skeletons. The fear is that all of their efforts will be wasted.


    "I'm sorry this life cuts out everything
    and leaves you with scrounge for nothing

    There's no chance to try and mend,
    whats been broken can't be bent"
    > Both are messed up beyond repair, essentially.

    "So the past remains the past until present
    The cradle says this black demise
    this chained coffin breathes our time's demise
    All these shackles deceive just how long I've grieved"
    > Okay... yeah. This song is *about them* - Pearl was suspended in a glass coffin by chains. Late in the novel, after spending roughly 36 days there, she is pretty much told it has only been a day, and this thought breaks her.

    "I made my move with no worry or doubt
    Let them live as they do, my eternal reminder"
    > The KBI are a reminder of Leonard's existence and aspirations, and his plan to fail-safe the Monstar was a move that he made with a relative confidence. He definitely worried about it, but he did *not* worry about the creation of the KBI and for a while believed he was untouchable.

    "I'm sorry but the hurts
    not going away"
    > Again, perception that Pearl/Leonard can't be fixed.

    "I'll bury all the past,
    everything in its place"
    > Pearl was buried next to Joseph.

    (Give us the monster!)
    > Well... come on. Do I really need to explain that last bit?
    Zorlinon April 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commentim guessing its monstar* and not monster
    josheppardfan831on May 01, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionHere are some suggestions. I'm pretty positive about a few of these, and a little fuzzy on others:

    "She wheezes out her dying wish.
    Come closer. One more moment, one more kiss."

    "But only I forgot THAT I'm not ready to let her go"

    "You'll mourn to pull through, but love is dangerous."

    "This love is undoubtful." This line could be correct, but I keep hearing "undoubtful" as "our downfall."

    In the chorus: "They can make you FEAR THAT no one will hear us sing"

    And finally, I hear "I"m sorry, bitch, life carves out everything."


    heltoniumon March 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI hear "Does she comfort breathes sometimes demise" in that ? line. Doesnt make much sense, maybe a keener ear can use that as a jump off point.
    janeaparis1on March 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIs the "leaves you with scraps" lyric maybe "Leaves you to scrounge for nothing" ? Sometimes it sound like leaves you with scraps yet others (namely towards the end) it sounds like scrounge. Maybe its both.
    janeaparis1on March 19, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyeah i think its "leaves you to scrounge for nothing"
    dragonfly032on March 25, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti'm not sure about the first part but i think the latter half is "breates our time's demise"
    dragonfly032on April 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt might be "This love" but I hear "Cause love is a downfall"

    And

    "Theres no chance to try and mend" makes 1000000000x more sense with the rest of the lyrics that follow.

    Also its definitely "Leaves you to scrounge for nothing" Also the words "Beautiful Monster" and said a lot of times in the background.
    AlexCoCaColaon April 03, 2010   Link
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    General Commentupdated from the lyric book
    Bskiffingtonon April 07, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correction"The cradle says this black demise"
    Should be:
    "The cradle sways this black disguise"
    gviekmanon April 16, 2010   Link

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