Song Analysis 1 - "Through The Glass" by Stone Sour
Date: Sep 29th, 2006 4:16:40 pm - Subscribe
Mood: thoughtful


Ok so I got bored again and decided to dissect an awesome song in my own view point. This by all means not a be-all to end-all interpretation. Just my thoughts on the song. The song is "Through the Glass" by Stone Sour. First I shall post the lyrics courtesy of sing365.com/music.

"I'm looking at you through the glass / Don't know how much time has passed / Oh God, it feels like forever / But no one ever tells you that forever
Feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head

Cause I'm looking at you through the glass / Don't know how much time has passed / All I know is that it feels like forever / When no one ever tells you that forever / Feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head

How do you feel? That is the question / But I forget, you don't expect an easy answer / When something like a soul becomes / Initialized and folded up like paper dolls and little notes / You can't expect a bit of hope / And while you're outside looking in / Describing what you see / Remember what you're staring at is me

Cause I'm looking at you through the glass / Don't know how much time has passed / All I know is that it feels like forever / When no one ever tells you that forever / Feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head

How much is real? So much to question / An epidemic of the mannequins
Contaminating everything / When thought came from the heart
It never did right from the start / Just listen to the noises / (Null and void instead of voices) / Before you tell yourself it's just a different scene
Remember it's just different from what you've seen

Im looking at you through the glass / Don't know how much time has passed
And all I know is that it feels like forever / When no one ever tells you that forever / Feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head

Cause I'm looking at you through the glass / Don't know how much time has passed / All I know is that it feels like forever / But no one ever tells you that forever / feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head

And it's the stars, the stars / That shine for you / And it's the stars, the stars
That lie to you, yeah

And it's the stars, the stars / That shine for you / And it's the stars, the stars
That lie to you, yeah

I'm looking at you through the glass / Don't know how much time has passed
Oh God it feels like forever / But no one ever tells you that forever
Feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head

Cause I'm looking at you through the glass / Don't know how much time has passed / All I know is that it feels like forever / But no one ever tells you that forever / feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head

And it's the stars, the stars / That shine for you, yeah / And it's the stars, the stars / That lie to you, yeah

And it's the stars, the stars / That shine for you, yeah / And it's the stars, the stars / That lie to you, yeah

Oh, we're the stars / Oh, we're the stars that lie"

Ok now. Lets start from the first verse. After the chorus which opens the song. He leads off with the question "How do you feel?" The respnse that is given is not by who ever he is speaking to. It's a question coming from the person who is viewing him "Through the glass" more on this in a moment (Just a small note, this could also prove to be that he is talking in an internal monologue to himself. It could be a question and answer with his own being.). His response to how he feels is "You don't expect an easy answer". Which means he is obviously in deep thought because the easiest answers such as "not well" or "fine" just won't cut it with this person. Then he gives us some insight to the fact of the problem. "When something like a soul becomes initialized and folded up like paper dolls and little notes. You can't expect a bit of hope." Its my opinion, that either in a relationship with a significant other, the world, a potential work environment, or a friend ship... that his soul has been diminished and has lost its value. Hence the statement about paper dolls and little notes. Paper dolls and little notes aren't of much value to him, which makes me believe his soul is possibly tormented. The end of verse 1 gives us the insight he is either consulting himself or someone else is confronting him. "While your outside looking in describing what you see, remember what you're staring at is me." I take this in a couple of ways. Either he is beside himself looking at his internal, or someone is in front of him peering deep within him. But his self-conscience kicks in at the end. He reminds whomever it is, that with all the dissecting they must remember that everything they are looking at does not remove the fact they are speaking TO him.

Verse 2 is a bit of a universal anatomy and its more of a lego building blocks verse as I see it. "How much is real? So much to question." This appears to be more of a what can you trust, who is who, and what is what type of question. "An epidemic of the mannequins, contaminating everything". More of a follow up to the opening statement. By asking what is real and how much... it only seems natural to give some sort of idea behind why something would provoke such a question. Mannequins by definition are lifeless imitations of real people. To not sound cliche, he is seeing an epidemic or mass-production of fake people in the world. Finding a way to inject themselves among the people who are not fake. The mannequins so to speak have their hands in all the flavors of pudding. Basically everything one thought was real turned out to be fake because of the fake people putting their hands on the real things. Next comes "When thought comes from the heart. It never did right from the start. Just listen to the noises. (Null and void instead of voices)."Again he is emphasizing that all the encounters he has had have not been real. It's somewhat like a HallMark greeting card. A feeling that one thought came from the heart, really did not. It had no bearing on anything courtesy of the mannequins. By listening to the noises, I think he is saying drone out whatever the mannequins are saying to you. And the result of drowning them out would be a null and empty space and be without voices. Which apparently to him is better than listening to the mannequins speak their incessant bullshit that they always seem to produce. Next comes a little play on words "Before you tell yourself its just a different scene, remember its just different from what you've seen". Basically he is telling me, don't lie to yourself. It's not that your in a different place per se, but its different from the places you have been before. That speaks more truth to me than lying to myself saying it's my fault and not my surroundings.

*Whew* still with me? Finally the potatoes of every song you hear. The chorus. Since I've already stated that, to me, this either an internal monologue or someone asking him questions... Its only natural for me to say the line "Cause I'm looking at you through the glass don't know how much time has passed." is that he is under the microscope, either to himself or others. Which suggests also he is tired of being the fly in the petrie dish under a telescopic lens. And now he feels like he has been under this lens for far too long...kinda hits close to home eh? This is proven imo by the next line "Oh God it feels like forever" which is self-explanatory. And he is right about this "No one ever tells you that forever feels like home, sitting all alone inside your head." Oh so true. When one is under a self-evaluation of your own mind it feels just this way! You feel as though your at home in your mind but theres a sense of cold and loneliness to the location. Waiting for forever feels like it will never end, and no one actually tells you that.

The refrain or whatever it is called is pretty simple to me. He even tells us the meaning straight up. Heres how. "Its the stars that shine for you. Its the stars that lie to you" is followed up and answered at the end of this song "We're the stars, oh, we're the stars that lie!" Basically humans = stars. Humans are capable of making people happy. Humans are capable of lying. So there fore in an a=b b=c a=c ratio. Stars are capable of making stars happy. Stars are capable of lying. If humans who are fake are mannequins then that must mean we lie. Its short and to the point. Fake people are imitations of life and they give false pretense to any thought process.

Overall I think this is a great song all together. Again I wrote this just like my last blog. I have been doing a lot of self-evaluation in the past week or 2 and this song hits me right in the gut everytime I hear it. Like I previously stated. I am no music guru, maybe I am a bit of a philosopher, but this is only my ideas behind this song and I would like to hear your opinions and ideas on it as well. Either comment to the blog or send me a message. Thanks again for reading. Disclaimer asssssss usual: I apologize to no one. If it offended you, it served its purpose. By offending you it obviously hit home.

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anonymous - October 27th, 2006
The a=b, b=c, therefore a=c rule is not a ratio. It's the transitive law of algebra.

anonymous - December 13th, 2006
I found this analysis of the song really interesting and if anything, it made me love the song just that little bit more. I know exactly what you mean by how it hits you in the gut everytime you here it. I'd be sitting there among everyone I seem to call friends and I hear this song and no matter where I am, what I'm thinking at the time or how I'm feeling, it always seems to fit right in with my thoughts about situations in my life.

Thanks for helping me out in a way.

slock - January 23rd, 2007
Your analysis of this song is profound in its simplicity.(Forest/trees)I was so perplexed by these awesome lyrics that I couldn't understand it in its basic language. Kind of lets you feel his pain.

anonymous - March 28th, 2007
Great interpretation! Never knew of this band prior, but it has opened me up to an ineresting view on society in general.

anonymous - April 13th, 2007
Hey, I'm spirit, good to meet another thoughtful thinker. Your efforts are appreciated. I thought I'd speak praise for the others that didn't.
ANYway, I've been scouring sites for 2 days looking for a genuine analysis on this song, and got one, thanks. My daughter who is 17 and recently left home into a not-so-positive crowd, said for me to listen to this song. I have my own ideas about why and meaning, but I am still hoping to hear HER perception so I can understand her better. Thanks for a bit of help.

revelation - April 15th, 2007
Thank you all for the comments and input.

anonymous - June 11th, 2007
Very nice interpetation, super insightful. I'm writing a song analysis for school and this helps clear up the foggy parts, thanks! ^.^

anonymous - November 11th, 2007
"null and void instead of voices" the backing singer sings it like an echo to "just listen to the voices." It's like the backing singer is the other half of his conscience, a part of him wants to be involved with the 'mannequin' or 'fake' crowd, and the other does not. So beautiful, so powerful. Thankyou for your time in thoughts and analysis on the song.

anonymous - May 12th, 2008
i was watching the music video and i couls not understand why the people would turn into cardboard but now i understand
thankyou

anonymous - November 27th, 2008
Awesome interpretation, taking from november 11th entry and urs the half of the concience that wants to be involved with the fake crowd, it seems that the half that doesn't tries to block it out instead of listening because he'd rather be deaf to them than be fake

anonymous - March 02nd, 2009
wow.. winners

anonymous - November 16th, 2009
I think he is definetally is talking about triping because i feel like the "invisible onion" is some sort of looking through the invisible onion which would be his head and telling him himself his thoughts on hin relationship with whom ever she is. I just realized this about this song tonight and i had to find something like this and make people think of this. what do you guys think?

anonymous - June 08th, 2010
Good ideas but any body whos anybody will tell you this is about the illuminat in the music and film industry... you think im crazy but once you see the pattern youl get sicc and understand the warnings.

anonymous - June 08th, 2010
any body whos anybody in hollywood....

anonymous - February 15th, 2011
Good job! The song is about his son being in the hospital and looking at him through the glass and if he makes it be strong and don't listen to fake people

anonymous - July 16th, 2011
Great thoughts I'd say. Seems to me that he was in a bad relationship or something along those lines. And he is trying to fix the problems that may have caused this but no matter what he does it all is fake. So everything he does just feels like he's in a giant loop or forever in the case.

anonymous - October 24th, 2011
He reminds whomever it is, that with all the dissecting they must remember that everything they are looking at does not remove the fact they are speaking TO him. The rest of this I belive is very hard to explain. He is also telilng Himself or someone else that thro all the unlikable things found whilst disecting there is a core, and it is him- like beast in beauty and the beast xD
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anonymous - April 11th, 2012
I liked your analysis and how you think. People like that are hard to find.

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