sitting in my glass house
while your ghost is sleeping down the hall
watching the little birds fly
kamikaze missions into the walls
think i'm going to stay in today
sit on the couch and watch them fall
life keeps getting harder
and it just keeps getting harder to hide
the darker it is around me
the easier it is to see inside
outside the glass
the whole world is magnified
and it's half an inch
from here to the other side
i guess that push has come to this
so i guess this must be shove
but before you throw those stones at me
tell me, what is your house made of?
and if you think you know what i'm doing wrong
you're gonna have to get in line
but for the purposes of this song
let's just say i'm doing fine
i guess i'm doing fine
trapped in my glass house
a crowd has been gathering outside since dawn
i make a pot of coffee
while catastrophe awaits me out on the lawn
think i'm going to stay in today
and pretend like i don't know what's going on
yeah, i guess that push has come to this
so i guess this must be shove
but before you throw those stones at me
tell me, what is your house made of?
and if you think you know what i'm doing wrong
you're gonna half to get in line
but for the purposes of this song
let's just say i'm doing fine
i think i'm doing fine




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    self-exploration, when you are isolated by your own doing and you enjoy it, kindof a lone wolf....... i used to know a beautiful person like this

    regardemylasheskgmon May 28, 2004   Link
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    this song makes me think of .. being "famous" and never being able to be.. private.. or have privacy.. and just always being able to be seen.. her being lonely.. (the ghost) , .. thinking of diff things.. just pretty much about no privacy.. and loneliness

    marley_22181on April 11, 2005   Link
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    I interpret it as Ani feeling like everyone is judging her, and therefore she has kind of withdrawn into her home.People are critizing her for doing her own thing and having such strong opinions. Bascially, she's telling them to get off her back. The line about a catastrophe waiting on the lawn almost makes me think of a protest or pickett line. Does anyone know if there was a point where Ani was the protested against for something she said? I can see this being likely, as Ani is very open about her opinions and such.

    thespeedordarkon May 24, 2006   Link
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    I'm not sure if I'm wrong here, but could the glass-house be a sort of metaphor for the mind? It just seems like Ani's hiding inside her head, which, when people start pounding on your emotional barriers, can be like chucking stones at a pane of glass... She could be protecting herself from what's going on in her life at that time, and the "ghost" is somebody involved at the time - friend/ lover/ parent/ public opinion even? For now she's staying in the relative safety of her mental walls, even though it is "glass" - implying people know she's holding back... i dunno, just a thought.

    lxa601on June 30, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    To me this song is about having made a mistake in a relationship and preparing for a fight. It is all a play on the cliche "Don't throw stones in a glass house." Meaning that if your shit is not 100% together, by attacking someone else you end up attacking yourself.

    Anyway, the imagery in the lyrics in fantastic. Good job Ani.

    dartishaon January 05, 2013   Link
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    It's about others expecting her to live up to their image of her. Media/fans etc.

    Kamikaze missions... people throwing mud to in the hope it might stick or to provoke a reaction. Catastrophe on the lawn is a metaphorical press/fan base camped outside her house waiting for the next thing to make a noise about. Her inside maintaining a dignified silence because any other reaction is just more fuel to their fire.

    watevaon February 27, 2014   Link
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    okay so I've always interpreted this song to be about mental illness, specifically anxiety disorder. and it may be because of my suffering with this that I do see it to be this way but there are a few bits that really point it out to me. 'life keeps getting harder and it just keeps getting harder to hide the darker it is around me the easier it is to see inside ' this whole bit i feel is about how the worse things get, how more people can see what's going on. whats wrong with her. the bit about 'lets just say I'm doing fine' seems to me to be her saying that shes okay, because she knows that people can see that things are going wrong so shes just trying to say shes okay over and over again, so that people stop asking and to stop more people from trying to work it out and having to tell more people. the bit about 'the crowd has been gathering outside since dawn' seems to be like the feeling that everyone everwhere is staring at her or is 'there for her' and the more and more people who are trying to work out whats wrong, and are trying to get into her head (or her glass house) the repetition of 'I'm gonna stay in today' leads me to believe that she's saying that she's going to stay inside one more day, the way a lot of people with anxiety justify it to themselves, as if it's just one more day or just one day at a time to justify not being able to go out. and whole section of 'tell me what is your house made off' i feel is like her saying basically you're not perfect, you have your own issue, stop questioning mine.idk it's just how I've always seen it

    OneOfThreeon January 27, 2015   Link
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    General Comment

    The Glass House is a metaphor for living under the gaze of the media and the attention of fans and their expectations.

    watevaon July 26, 2021   Link

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