What does Through Glass mean?

Stone Sour: Through Glass Meaning

Album cover for Through Glass album cover

Song Released: 2006

Through Glass Lyrics

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

How do you feel, that is the question
But I...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 26th 2017 !⃝

    To me, (My Father had Alzheimers.) This is a direct interpretation of how we saw each other. It was very hard. The glass was real. His world literally folded into little notes. This song was his life (& mine) before he passed. He was actually looking at us through the glass. He never knew how long it was between my visits. He was inside his head & he didn't know what was real & what wasn't. I was lucky to have had a night we spent in the lani watching the sunset (he called it the fire in the sky when he didn't have words for everything.) Years before we gifted him with a star in his name. This song will always be for my father Louis Mesar the best father a girl could ever have. The stars will always shine for him. I will love him through eternity & back again.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 11th 2007 !⃝

    Obviously, the video suggests the song is about Hollywood being the piece of shit that it is, but I think the meaning goes much deeper.

    I think the idea is that Corey is looking at himself in the mirror. His internal self is asking his external self how he feels.

    He must appear okay to everyone, but he is asking himself how he really feels. While he is carrying on a conversation with himself, he begins to realize that hope is just a dream. It can never really be achieved.

    What does he hope for -- He hopes for someone who isn't a "mannequin". Who actually cares about being more than what they appear to be externally.

    Thats where Hollywood comes in.....

    Everyone idolizes stars and tries to be just like them-- Superficial, stuck-up, self-centered, and plastic. Completely fake and utterly worthless in Corey's eyes.

    And so long as everyone is trying to be a mannequin, all he can do is sit there...all alone inside his head.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 6th 2006 !⃝

    The song itself — with its reference to "An epidemic of the mannequins contaminating everything" — began when Taylor was “sitting in a European hotel room watching a music video channel," he says. "I just remember seeing act after act of this inane, innocuous, plastic music. They were bubbly gossamer-thin groups, where it was really more about the clothes they wore and the length of their cheekbones than it was about the content of the song they were singing. 'Through Glass' is really a very angry song. It's me basically calling 'bullshit' on pretty much everyone involved with the 'American Idol'-type shows. It has its place, but when you're basically cornering the market and making it very hard for anyone who actually writes their own music to get ahead, then it's wrong and that's really why I wrote this song."

  4. anonymous
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    May 14th 2021 !⃝

    All your Hollywood actors/actresses/musicians are fake. They aren't real or who you think they are. Through the glass is in reference to the T.V. Don't know how much time has passed would be talking about how people just start watching T.V and suddenly their whole life was wasted watching T.V. It's a really sad song and I feel it really catches the essence of millennial's and gen Zs today(Me being a Gen Z).

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 28th 2020 !⃝

    I'm taking a stab that this song is about his alcoholism. As we all know, he has had many an issue with substance and such. Might be about how he inadvertently pushed away those closest to him."And while you're outside looking in
    Describing what you see
    Remember what you're staring at is me". Alcohol does nasty things to us, maybe more so for Corey. If you disagree, feel free to prove me wrong but it's my personal interpretation.

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2020 !⃝

    I think this is about being stuck inside your own head. About some mental illness. He feels separate from society and from everyone around him. He's outside looking in but he feels he can't get to the other side. He doesn't know how long he's felt like that but it feels like he's been stuck that way for forever.
    People ask him how he feels, but no one wants the answer he wants to give. They want easy. They want simple. They want small talk about the weather and about sports games. They don't want the hard answer. The real answer.
    He's wonders about how much is real. About people being true and honest and not hiding behind forced smiles and lies.
    I think at some point he starts talking about Hollywood too and the "epidemic of the mannequins." About how everyone there seems to be fake, and how nothing seems genuine.
    And he says just listen to the noise, the noise that people feed you, the lies that they deceive you with. When you just listen to the noise you can't hear the sad voices anymore. Just turn off your emotions and be numb, be fake like everyone else.
    He says to tell yourself it's a different scene. Not like the things you've seen. I think this is a reference to desensitization. If you just tell yourself it's not like what you've seen then you don't care. And you lose all feeling.
    And then he talks about the stars; "the stars that lie to you." Another reference to the Hollywood stars. All they seem to do is lie.
    I get this song. I get how he feels in this song. How he feels like he can't connect with anyone anymore because he can't tell what's real and what's people just trying to get something out of you. How this fact has him feeling separated from society. I understand.

  7. anonymous
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    May 11th 2020 !⃝

    For me, this song has always related to my son's time in the NICU 13 years ago. I spent hours looking at him through glass. And this song would come on the radio every time I would drive back and forth to see him. I know what the writer has said the song meant, but I guess everyone interprets songs differently.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 28th 2020 !⃝

    I think it's either about someone close to the writer waking from a coma or experiencing a relationship with someone with a severe traumatic brain injury that is different now. Drugs or traumatic event or stroke or anything could cause the damage no matter what causes a TBI it's a traumatic brain injury. Not sure if this has some connection with the songwriters meaning or feelings for this song but they may even have multiple connections to it when they wrote it, as I believe is probably the case. For me it's always. Been a great song but never hit me as deep as it does now until my younger sister was ejected from her truck and in a vegetative comatose state of a coma for 31 days. I was by her side daily but drugs were my false escape and this song not only makes me think of her glassy eyes but the glass pipe I tried to hide behind or run too. Depending on the day this song will make me smile or make me cry just depends on how life is that day. Don't forget seatbelt people. Everyone who reads this is loved by someone and it's not worth risking the pain an accident would cause your loved ones. God bless.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2020 !⃝

    I've seen somewhere that Corey TAYLOR said he dedicaded this song for Chester Benington (singer of Linkin Park), because they were really close and seeing Chester getting hurt and depressed, hurted Corey. So he did this song to make him remember (and all the people who are feeling bad and/or very sad) that everything the media and the common society try to show us is just false -"bullshits" as Corey said-,and that the real life isn't it. This song is also made for making us remember that there is always someone who cares for us even if a lot of people are just here to say there were here when you were at your lowest point, without helping you in anyway.

  10. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2019 !⃝

    my interpretation of the song would have to be like my autistic son. He just got sentenced to do 10 years federal prison time and this was the first song he played after he was able to play music. so I have to say for him it would be looking at his family throw the prison glass. He can see them, but not touch them. "looking at you through the glass. Dont know how much time has passed." Forever feels like home.... Saying prison feels like home... I listen to this song almost everyday thinking of my son...

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 30th 2019 !⃝

    When I hear this song, I can't but think of a girl my boyfriend knew in San Diego that was found dead in a pool. She had a lot of issues and numbed herself out and was used by many. It was deemed a suicide, but it she very may well have been murdered I never knew her, but for some reason I've cried for her and this song gets me choked up every time. R. I. P. beautiful girl.

  12. anonymous
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    Sep 20th 2018 !⃝

    My interpretation of this song is that the singer is talking to someone dealing with depression. The part of the song that mentioned sitting inside your head refers to when someone is negative or even suicidal mindset. The lines "How do you feel, that is the question, but I forget, you don't expect any easy answer" to refer to people not wanting to see how the depressed person is feeling in fear that they can't help them if it is bad.

    Although I realize this isn't the original vision from Taylor but anyone that has dealt with someone close who is depressed or has been depressed themselves could probably relate this way.

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 26th 2017 !⃝

    Looking through a telescope you see the twinkle of the stars. The stars are in water not in space. Oh its the stars, the stars thats shine for you. And its the stars, the stars that lie to you. Oh its the stars.OH ITS THE STARS THEY LIE!

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  14. anonymous
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    Oct 8th 2016 !⃝

    I think this song is about the lead singer talking to his s/o through the glass of a prison visitation area. The singer has committed a terrible crime, presumably murder and is telling his s/o how much they mean to him as he prepares to serve his life sentence and comes to terms with the fact that he will never be free again.

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2015 !⃝

    Methamphetamine addiction is what I see as a central theme. Glass, slang for crystal meth, is smoked out of a glass piece, which "through the glass" I feel wild symbolize seeing life behind a pipe, behind the mental destruction meth causes.

    I have been a meth addict for 8 years, and this song just hits me so deep on an emotional level.

    Addicts become reclusive over time and before you know it, you have no real friends, no close bonds with family, and basically you are alone with your drug, time passing by and you are stuck. Stuck with a dependance on something that thrives off the destruction it creates.

    Meth specifically , causes symtoms that are exactly the same as mental illnesses. whether its ocd, schizophrenia, bipolar, manic depression, anxiety attacks, paranoia induced pyschosis, hallucinations, auditory and visual, delusions.....ect

    sexual encounter is mentioned as weell, and if you didnt know, meth makes sexual desire obsessivly sought after, porn or sex, anything to satisfy. Often relationships with meth users, is sexual only. Meth sex isnt about love, its the physical act of pleasure.

    I know this song is probably about what it seems, hollywood. But great songs dont have just one side. Everyone hears it different.

    Btw im nt pity partyin for me , meth addict. I just figured some other tweaker might read it and not feel so alone in his thoughts.......

  16. anonymous
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    May 29th 2013 !⃝

    I believe this song can be about aspergers, the "Eeyore" types , that hide away....while the stars shine for everyone else.....anyone who loves someone with aspergers can relate...anyone with aspergers could be singing this to those outside the glass.

  17. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2013 !⃝

    I think its the interpretation of the very first incident of two people falling in love. And the fall of mankind. And the angel is the fallen angel talking to the supposed eve. And the mannequins are the people walking around that have lost their souls and the stars are the stars in their sky but they lie because their not where she remembers being from and the angel wants her to know the song is for her

  18. anonymous
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    Mar 5th 2013 !⃝

    well this is a very tough one as "the glass" can have many meanings. As meantioned in earlier interperations it can be the mirror, the glass in a prison, /or a window itself. The stars def. represent the hollywood"fakes". They are plastic like manequins and every one, for whatever unknown reason, looks up to them and tries to be like them. He seems to feel like he is "lost in forever" in that he doesnt know quite how long he has been there. He could be looking inside himself or hes looking at someone else. It really depends on how you look at yourself.

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