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mlg556
06-19-2012, 02:00 PM
Castle Of Glass is my favorite song in the album so far,and I memorized the lyrics.But,the problem is,I couldnt actually understand them :D And I was wondering you guys' thoughts about the lyrics and what they're trying to say :D

SkullDevil217
06-19-2012, 02:38 PM
I think it represents a person who has done so much wrong in his/her life, and wants a chance at redemption. That's the way I see it, anyway.

_Depression
06-19-2012, 03:55 PM
I agree there's a redemption story in there somewhere, but I think it's more a song of someone who has done so much wrong realizing that they've been so terrible and - at least from what I see - are wishing and praying for something to change.

To be honest, "I'm only a crack in this castle of glass" is a little unclear of a line for me because it can have a couple meanings. On the one hand, a single crack on a huge castle is barely noticeable, but on the other hand, a crack in a piece of glass is a huge threat to it's integrity. So either the speaker in the song is realizing that he's not as pure as the rest of the "glass", or he realizes that his evils have actually threatened the integrity of the rest of the "glass" (I interpret the glass to be humanity or society in these cases).

ragsta
06-19-2012, 05:00 PM
In multiple interviews Mike and Chester have said that this song had different meanings to each of them.
So I guess you have to interpetate it yourself what you think the meaning of the song is.

Filip
06-19-2012, 05:06 PM
This is my favourite track too, and I love it because it's a great song with a great melody, and for the deep lyrics.
In this case ''crack in this castle of glass'' tells we're all just one person in seven billion, which is why we're forgettable, and we mean nothing to like 6,99 billion people: ''hardly anything else for you to see''. I think it describes how most people feel at least once, and some always feel like that. I love it ^_^

Blake
06-19-2012, 05:46 PM
I agree there's a redemption story in there somewhere, but I think it's more a song of someone who has done so much wrong realizing that they've been so terrible and - at least from what I see - are wishing and praying for something to change.

To be honest, "I'm only a crack in this castle of glass" is a little unclear of a line for me because it can have a couple meanings. On the one hand, a single crack on a huge castle is barely noticeable, but on the other hand, a crack in a piece of glass is a huge threat to it's integrity. So either the speaker in the song is realizing that he's not as pure as the rest of the "glass", or he realizes that his evils have actually threatened the integrity of the rest of the "glass" (I interpret the glass to be humanity or society in these cases).
:ditto: I actually agree with everything you have said. That's exactly what I thought. The ling "I'm only a crack on this castle of glass" makes me think of the person is not pure and realizes this and their is a possibility this person has effected the rest of the "glass"

Dragondust
06-19-2012, 06:37 PM
I believe it's about a soldier's point of view how they are just a small piece of the big picture

mastae
06-19-2012, 11:13 PM
The key to understanding this song is in the changed line when Chester sings alone.

"Hardly anything else I need to be"

It's actually a very uplifting song.

Top2Bottom
06-19-2012, 11:39 PM
Just some quick thoughts, thinking while typing. This some is definitely about redemption. This person starts out asking to have all the bad washed from him, as the "fighting end" comes. He then wants to be shown how to be whole again, like maybe he's only been a damaging crack of his former self, that being a fragile castle of glass.

Chester bridge line "Hardly anything else I need to be" kind of throws me, based on my interpretation of the rest of the song though. At that point though, it seems he's happy with who he is. Like maybe, he is accepting that he is who he is, because of his past doings and what not, and he only needs to be who he has become. Because ultimately, he's happy with what he has become, despite some things in the past he'd rather forget.

mastae
06-20-2012, 03:15 AM
It's about dealing and accepting one's mortality, finiteness, and ultimately unimportance in the grand scheme of the universe.

Faint into Pieces
06-20-2012, 03:43 AM
I believe it's about a soldier's point of view how they are just a small piece of the big picture

I like this interpretation. A lot.

The way I interpret it is how little mistakes in things like relationships can suddenly escalate to chaotic break-ups. Like a snowball effect. While someone may only be "a crack in this castle of glass" it's still a crack, and it's going to develop further and further until the castle breaks. These pointless little mishaps are taken to extremes that are completely unnecessary. It may even be a tiny flaw in an otherwise wonderful human being, but the person is considered not worthy of another.

...my brain is flooding with ideas right now, but I'm not really getting them written down so well :P this may be edited into something more cohesive later on.

ronin232
10-24-2012, 03:57 AM
It's about dealing and accepting one's mortality, finiteness, and ultimately unimportance in the grand scheme of the universe.

I believe it is a song about someone who feels that is out of place in the moment and in the pleace he is at, bring me back, thinking as a war veteran. Missing the action.

Take me down to the river bend means "take me to the edge"
Take me down to the fighting end means "where ever it is"
Wash the poison from off my skin
Show me how to be whole again means "to the place i feel usefull"

Cause I'm only a crack in this castle of glass "i dont belong here"
Bring me home in a blinding dream,
Through the secrets that I have seen "i see to much to be normal again"

minuteforce
10-24-2012, 07:15 AM
It's about dealing and accepting one's mortality, finiteness, and ultimately unimportance in the grand scheme of the universe.

^ This. On the flipside, it can also be about feeling part of a greater whole.

Hybrid
10-24-2012, 02:50 PM
It's about being an "insignificant significance." What I mean by that is that you can take the meaning of the song as something that may not be that important to a bigger picture, but on a smaller, more intimate scale, you might be everything. For example, someone dying is devastating to their family or co-workers, but in the bigger picture, the fragile glass castle of life still stands. Also, it can be interpreted as someone who is overlooked as being just one person, but that one person, that one little oversight, might be enough to set a motion for change that could rearrange everything. I interpret the song in many different ways and that is absolutely amazing to me. These were the two off the top of my head.

LPChris
10-24-2012, 08:10 PM
The song is clearly about donuts and aliens :trollface:

minuteforce
10-25-2012, 02:54 AM
The song is clearly about donuts and aliens :trollface:

My eyes have been opened!

TVTV
10-25-2012, 02:32 PM
I think the song tells a story of personal suffering through the negligence of politics and social issues. It's not in an arrogant way but in a sorrowful way. Someone is asking for the powers above to at least recognize their suffering before it starts to ruin other people. The crack symbolizing this one person and the castle of glass symbolizing everyone else suffering the same. The song is also interesting because I see a spiritual message (it doesn't matter what belief) combined with the social message. Asking a savior if they can see their pain when others can't.

wakadoodle
10-25-2012, 04:52 PM
I think that every song on LIVING THINGS is about love :lol:

LPChris
10-26-2012, 09:11 PM
I think that every song on LIVING THINGS is about love :lol:

...and sex.

Hybrid
10-26-2012, 11:16 PM
...and sex.

Mostly death...

LPChris
10-27-2012, 12:55 AM
Mostly death...

Necrophilia?

Ree
10-27-2012, 06:36 AM
Necrophilia?

Stay on topic please. You've posted three "trolling" posts in this thread already.

ernieball003
11-07-2012, 07:40 AM
Being content with yourself. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL7EuKLY4cA)

Hybrid
11-09-2012, 02:42 PM
Being content with yourself. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL7EuKLY4cA)

You should really concider using NSFW warnings. Something tells me my boss is not going to approve of a youtube video titled "I feel like a worm fucking a huge hook." Thanks for that.

Robert
11-09-2012, 10:05 PM
Where the hell is this thread going?

Blackee Dammet
11-09-2012, 10:45 PM
You should really concider using NSFW warnings. Something tells me my boss is not going to approve of a youtube video titled "I feel like a worm fucking a huge hook." Thanks for that.

Your boss probably wouldn't approve of you being on a Linkin Park site in the middle of your workday, either.

Ree
11-09-2012, 11:00 PM
You should really concider using NSFW warnings. Something tells me my boss is not going to approve of a youtube video titled "I feel like a worm fucking a huge hook." Thanks for that.

I don't think NSFW tags were needed there, tbh.

BACK ON TOPIC.

Dragondust
11-09-2012, 11:39 PM
maybe it's kind of a romantic song or possibly just trying to say thanks to someone they know in the military...actually I have a lot of ideas of where this song takes me but I won't ramble forever

Hybrid
11-10-2012, 02:14 AM
Your boss probably wouldn't approve of you being on a Linkin Park site in the middle of your workday, either.

Actually, as long as my work is done, I can. The only time it is not okay is if it impedes my job. I can assure you that my priorities at work are straight.


I don't think NSFW tags were needed there, tbh.

BACK ON TOPIC.

I saw the title and immediately exited out of the window. Have no idea what the video was about.

*EDIT* I just watched the video and I feel like I overreacted a bit in my original post, sorry, Ernie.



ON TOPIC: I still think the song is about being an important person that can be easily overlooked by others in certain situations.

ernieball003
11-30-2012, 02:43 AM
I saw the title and immediately exited out of the window. Have no idea what the video was about.

*EDIT* I just watched the video and I feel like I overreacted a bit in my original post, sorry, Ernie.No prob.

Ironically, totally safe for work video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKRma7PDW10

A quote from Blazing Saddles that's safe for work. That is not something you see every day.

SuperDude526
12-01-2012, 02:40 PM
I take it to be a subversive, revolutionary kinda song actually. "I'm only a crack in this castle of glass," which is to say that I'll spread and our numbers will grow and eventually we'll bring the whole thing down. "Hardly anything there for you to see" though - what, you think we're subversive? But I'm only a crack in this castle of glass; nothing to see here, really.