underneath the mask you've buried yourself into
it's coal-black
i am tired of the gulping that you do
every day a new face
what if i unscrew your own identity
wouldn't you guess there's nothing left of you ?

the quicksand of life drags us
down into the circle
one day. we might not catch you

i feel sorry for what you try to do
breaking others down. to try and to pursue
your own selfish interests
i am starting to get sick of you

whatever happened ever since you left
you make yourself and me look like fools

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    General CommentThe first song I heard by The Gathering, which made me fall in love. Almost every song they produce is a work of art. After listening to this song 10 times over, I realized I had no clue what Anneke was even saying. Their music just puts you into a trance. Hehe..
    unknownevilon May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about someone who's dead to the world, from the perspective of someone who knows them by acquiantance. This person is always criticising, always finding something wrong with the people they see, but really, underneath the mask they put on, they are nothing. If they aren't able to criticise someone, there's nothing too them. The narrator despises them, but pities them all the same.

    I have no clue what the last two lines would mean compared to my interpretation...
    LaDiabloon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think the trance unknown evil falls under is the sound of anneke's voice. its so phenomenol.
    lunchboxthegoaton October 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with ladiablo, more or less. Good song.
    Lateralus518on March 20, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the last lines mean that all involved are being made fools, the one who lose themselves in their made-up personas and the ones that don't, since one cannot really communicate to each other and are pretty much left talking to themselves.
    Spiritchaseron September 08, 2009   Link
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    QuestionHas anyone thought that the song might be about Eleanor from Shirley Jackson's "The Haunt of Hill House"? She's quite eccentric and selfish sometimes to fit into the lyrics.
    pavel15058on May 18, 2017   Link

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