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I FONDLE keys to my heart
when everyone's heart seems so calm
And you found the lock to my dorm
and opened the doors to my trust
Fund…. my vestry...
The light in my darkest hour is fear
Denies me of anything good
sooo, don't lose your...

  1. anonymous
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    Apr 5th 2011 report

    To me, this is a song about religion.

  2. dr.beastly
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    Aug 24th 2009 report

    Heres the drug-related interpretation of the song:

    "I fondle keys to my heart when everyone's heart
    Seems so calm"
    Anxiety: Feeling anxiety toward emotions and being vulnerable; overprotecting oneself from getting hurt. I don't get why everybody else can be so calm in such a situation, how they take it as routine and trivial.
    And you found the lock
    To my dorm and opened the door to my trust
    Fund my vestry"

    Fear:You found the way to unlock this vulnerability of mine. This is my moment of terror.

    "The light in my darkest hour is fear
    Denies me of anything good so"

    Self-sabbotage: My fear is what keeps me grounded, keeps me safe, but limits me and keeps me from experimenting more pleasure and taking a dangerouns dip. Perhaps 'fear' here could also mean pleasure. The fact that it feels so pleasurable (the light, the height, the elevation), is terrifying. Much so that I become engulfed in it and it drives me away from what is actually good for me. Blindly, I choose to destroy myself out of lust and pleasure, addiction and hunger.

    "Don't lose your heart you'll need it
    You'll have to take another pill and tell another lie
    And lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine"

    Introspection: Says to his own self: Now that you have unlocked this Pandora's box, you will need to be strong because this will be a tough ride. The addiction is too intense. You'll look to escape and will fabricate illusions to cover your guilt.

    "Take everything that you're not and don't be so
    Scared to tamper (temper) with (temper) "tampered with" evidence (tamper)
    Coz you'll come along for the sun if you come at all""

    All or nothing: Now that you've got one foot in the puddle, either you take the full jump or you back out completely. Now that you've formulated all those lies, don't hesitate to manipulate reality to make them real and cover your ass. Remember you are in for this because you want everything, you want it all, the main prize, or you wouldn't even bother.

    "To lose your heart you'll have to take, take and take"

    Greed and Gluttony: Selfishness kills the connection with the soul, you'll become unsensitive and mecanized/beastialized. You will have to have more to lessen the pain.

    "Painting a lie seeing the colours but you seem
    Closer to everything"

    Denial: This fabricated landscape is splendorous. All of this might not be real, but you (person or drug) seem so above it all, so untouched and unaffected, pehaps you are the key. And yet I'm so far away from there.

    "Closer now than we ever have been
    We're closer now that we ever should (we) be
    Closer now than we've ever been before
    Closer to everything"

    Masochism: Conflict and self-destruction cause some sort of cohesion. In its intensity, this has brought us terrifyingly (person/drug) closer.

    "Busking for change and changing everything
    Feeble fables aren't changing many things
    It's my time to shine like a tuna in the brine
    For my pregnant paws aren't changing anything"

    Im desperately trying to fix this while I'm messing up. Maybe I'm messing up out of desperation. All these lies aren't making the situation any better. Perhaps I should elevate myself to where you are, in that world of bliss where nothing touches you, because I'm so tired of hopelessly trying to change things.

    "To all of the animals who keep sipping the sweat
    From my back,
    You're making me ill
    And I can't get enough"

    All those people surrounding me that are suctioning the life out of me, they promote it, they are making me sick. I have become addicted.

    "So take another pill and tell another lie
    And lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine"

    So, I'll just keep consuming it, hiding it and destroying myself for the pleasure. I will keep pretending everything is alright, until it consumes me.

  3. dr.beastly
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    Aug 24th 2009 report

    This song is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard in my life. By contrast, it is about masochism, unhealthy and destructive ralationships, addiction, self-destruction, parasitic love.

    "I fondle keys to my heart when everyone's heart
    Seems so calm"
    Anxiety: Feeling anxiety toward emotions and being vulnerable; overprotecting oneself from getting hurt. I don't get why everybody else can be so calm in such a situation, how they take it as runtine and trivial.
    And you found the lock
    To my dorm and opened the door to my trust
    Fund my vestry"

    Realization:You found the way to unlock this vulnerability of mine, which I had been safely keeping to myself for so long.

    "The light in my darkest hour is fear
    Denies me of anything good so"

    Self-sabbotage: My fear is what keeps me grounded, keeps me safe, but limits me and keeps me from experimenting something perhaps more profound.

    "Don't lose your heart you'll need it
    You'll have to take another pill and tell another lie
    And lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine"

    Now that you have unlocked my Pandora's box of emotions, you will need to be strong because this will be a tough ride. You'll look to escape. You'll become addictive and will believe your own lies, fabricating illusions in which to escape to in order to make the pain bearable.

    "Take everything that you're not and don't be so
    Scared to tamper (temper) with (temper) "tampered with" evidence (tamper)
    Coz you'll come along for the sun if you come at all""

    But you have to get rid of all the baggage, the excess, and gain the courage to accept and face the dark sides, think with logic, surpass your emotions. You are in for this because you want everything, you want it all, the main prize, or you wouldn't even bother.

    "To lose your heart you'll have to take, take and take"

    Selfishness kills connection with the soul.

    "Painting a lie seeing the colours but you seem
    Closer to everything"

    Denial: In this fabricated landscape that you've created, I'm focusing on its splendor. All of this might not be real, but you seem so above it all, so untouched and unaffected, while we both know its a facade.

    "Closer now than we ever have been
    We're closer now that we ever should (we) be
    Closer now than we've ever been before
    Closer to everything"

    Masochism: Conflict and pain brings people together. In its intensity, this has brought us closer. I'm afraid and exhilerated at the same time.

    "Busking for change and changing everything
    Feeble fables aren't changing many things
    It's my time to shine like a tuna in the brine
    For my pregnant paws aren't changing anything"

    Im desperately trying to fix this while I'm messing up. Maybe I'm messing up out of desperation. All these lies aren't making the situation any better. Perhaps I should elevate myself to where you are, in that world of bliss where nothing touches you, because I'm so tired of trying to change things, taking it all up on my shoulders while you don't bother to soil your hands.

    "To all of the animals who keep sipping the sweat
    From my back,
    You're making me ill
    And I can't get enough"

    I am being suctioned by those who are taking advantage of me, but somehow I can't break free of this. I'm so masochistic.

    "So take another pill and tell another lie
    And lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine"

    So, keep pretending everything is alright, keep killing me with your indifference because I somehow can find myself in this pain.

  4. TheLever
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    Jan 21st 2009 report

    A word-by-word interpretation it's incorrect. The meaning of this whole song it´s not about love, at least not in the typicall way.

    This song is about not exposing yourself to the rest of the world. Somehow, Daniel tries to take a breath after the serious problems he had during Freak Show and Neon Ballroom.

    And that's all, don't expose yourself so you don't get hurt, i think.

    Actually in some interviews, Daniel said something similar

  5. munkieboy
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    Apr 26th 2008 report

    Easily one of my favorite songs of all time by anyone.

    To me it's about the only thing that's able to make him happy again is the person/thing that got him so down in the first place.

    "I fondle keys to my heart when everyone's heart
    Seems so calm
    And you found the lock
    To my dorm and opened the door to my trust
    Fund my vestry"

    --I have so much love to give when everyone else has none, you have way of making me love you.

    "The light in my darkest hour is fear
    Denies me of anything good so"

    --My only happiness is through the reason for my sadness and I can't win that way.

    "Don't lose your heart you'll need it
    You'll have to take another pill and tell another lie
    And lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine"

    --Don't give up on finding someone because I'm right here. But you choose to ignore that, go back to your usual ways and just feel safe in familiarity.


    "Take everything that you're not and don't be so
    Scared to tamper (temper) with (temper) "tampered with" evidence (tamper)
    Coz you'll come along for the sun if you come at all""

    --Embrace the idea of something better. Don't be afraid to do something different, you've tested the waters before. If you do, you'll love me because you know how much I love you.

    "To lose your heart you'll have to take, take and take"

    --Selfish lovers can't give love.

    "Painting a lie seeing the colours but you seem
    Closer to everything"

    --You act happy and fulfilled on the outside but I know you're incomplete.

    "Closer now than we ever have been
    We're closer now that we ever should (we) be
    Closer now than we've ever been before
    Closer to everything"

    --We're closer to being together than ever before but we have to be careful.

    "Busking for change and changing everything
    Feeble fables aren't changing many things
    It's my time to shine like a tuna in the brine
    For my pregnant paws aren't changing anything"

    --I'm desperately trying to open your eyes. How I've tried before wasn't getting through. I have to seize the moment in a way that makes you understand but it's hard to do when I'm down in the dumps.

    "To all of the animals who keep sipping the sweat
    From my back,
    You're making me ill
    And
    I can't get enough"

    --I'm sickened by others damaging my love but their actions just make me look even better.

    "So take another pill and tell another lie
    And lie amongst your lies like tuna in the brine"

    --So do what you always do, blow me off and be unhappy.


    Or maybe I have my own girl problems on my mind :b


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