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In a smoke filled room
With your father watching me
There's three doors and no keys
It''s rising, it's choking me

In a smoke filled room x2

There's a man with no face
Just a blurred out portrait
In a photo frame
I'm losing again, I'm losing
My friend is face down on the pavement

Then a woman, she screams 'It's terrible night'
As the mood changes to dark from light
Tell the doctor what's become of me
So they can analyse, analyse my dreams

Of a smoke filled room x3

Then we kiss and his lips turn into sand
And the whole of him cascades through my hands
Making a castle on the floor
Then I'm alone again
No keys and three doors
In a smoke filled room

Now we're both in the room
And we're breathing the fumes
No doors this time, just a gap in the roof
Light floods in, heaven we're blind
Then slowly suffocating, we're dying

In a smoke filled room
We're dying in a smoke filled room
We're dying in a smoke filled room

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In a smoke filled room x3


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    General CommentI get a really strong PTSD vibe from these lyrics. The whole song seems to be about the narrator reimagining some negative event (possibly where her friend was killed by some assailant she didn't see but it's a stretch I know) and she blames herself for it and consequently is describing both the event and her reaction to it in therapy. The smoke filled room choking her is her mind with the PTSD and the dreams she is having. "Your father watching me" refers to the father of the friend whirs death she feels responsible for

    There's a man with no face
    Just a blurred out portrait
    In a photo frame
    I'm losing again, I'm losing
    My friend is face down on the pavement

    Then a woman, she screams 'It's terrible night'
    As the mood changes to dark from light
    Tell the doctor what's become of me
    So they can analyse, analyse my dreams

    The last mention of the doctor seems very disparaging like she doesn't trust them or doesn't think the revisiting the event is helping. Or maybe it's because she knows what the smoke filled room signifies but doesn't want to acknowledge it.

    Then we kiss and his lips turn into sand
    And the whole of him cascades through my hands
    Making a castle on the floor
    Then I'm alone again
    No keys and three doors
    In a smoke filled room

    Now we're both in the room
    And we're breathing the fumes
    No doors this time, just a gap in the roof
    Light floods in, heaven we're blind
    Then slowly suffocating, we're dying

    Then her friend is gone and she us left reeling from the after effects and the trauma which is manifesting in these dreams of this smoke-filled room where he is dying all over again, there are three doors and no keys (not sure what these mean ) but she is adamant she will die inside her own smoke-filled mind locked up unable to save her friend, believing that they are dying together.
    Sarielleon December 14, 2014   Link

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