What does Skin and Bones mean?

Marianas Trench: Skin and Bones Meaning

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Skin and Bones Lyrics

I lock the door
and turn all the water on
and bury that sound
'til no one hears anything anymore

Mirror lie to me
tell me you can see
maybe you wont be able
to recognize me now
I know you can feel
all the things you steal


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 8th 2012 !⃝

    This song is about bulimia and all of the monsters that it haunts you with. It talks about how in the end, it never feels worth it after throwing up and spending hours killing yourself over your dissatisfying reflection, but that it's too hard to stop. You feel like your stronger to stick it out because everything is too big, and that it can only get bigger if you stop trying to lose weight. Bulimia tricks you into thinking that you need it. And although you realize what it is doing to you, and if you could, you'd burn if all, you won't. Because your already too far gone.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 29th 2019 !⃝

    This is about bulimia. It's my favourite song by this band, because I myself have an eating disorders, and I can relate to it very strongly.

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 21st 2018 !⃝

    The song is about Josh Ramsay's struggle with eating disorders, specifically bulimia.

    The opening verse describes him running water in the bathroom to cover up the sound of him vomiting, so that no one can tell what he's doing (turn all the water on/ and bury that sound/ so no one hears anything anymore). On some level he knows that he is sick, and that the reflection he sees in the mirror is lying to him and not really showing him the damage he is doing to his body (mirror lie to me/ tell me you can see/ maybe you won't be able to recognize me now).

    Most of the lyrics make references to vomiting. In the chorus, Ramsay sings 'make me skin and bones' - which is generally the goal for people with bulimia - and talks about always being 'on my knees for you', a reference to kneeling in front of a toilet to throw up. He also talks about the burning sensation and the mess created by vomiting (sometimes it burns/ maybe I'll wash it out).

    Ramsay also talks about the stigma of having an eating disorder. He is not able to get help for his problem because of the shame he feels for having one (it's easier to quit/ harder to admit). Untreated bulimia can eventually cause bleeding in your esophagus, something he references in the song (laughing like it works/ bleeding like it don't hurt). Although he knows his disorder is driving him to physical ruin, he is not able to stop because his body image issues are so deeply ingrained in him (I hate how I need you) (and you always win).

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2013 !⃝

    For me, the song means being abused. You could be physically abused by someone else, or you could be abusing yourself. But I also do strongly agree it's about bulimia and Josh talks about how even though it's not worth it, he can't stop himself.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 2nd 2012 !⃝

    It's about Josh's bulimia and how he felt having it and what it made him think.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 5th 2011 !⃝

    This song is about Josh's bulimia.

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 7th 2011 !⃝

    I think this song's talking about Bulimia

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