Can anyone with better English paraphrase the line "the false smile maketh of the man", or explain what it means? Thanks a bunch.
I guess it is a narration of the thoughts of the depressed person, which to me seems more or less accurate...Anybody else think the line "Maybe it's all just for the best" is a bit weird in this song? Like they're suggesting his suicide was "for the best". Please tell me I'm just interpreting the line wrong.
Exactly. When someone who's been suffering from a very difficult illness for a long time passes away, there is a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that at least they're not suffering anymore.I think that's exactly what the song is saying.
It's a phrase we often hear when someone passes after weeks of pain from terminal cancer.
A man living through decades of depression, maybe it is for the best.
Still, I think it makes more sense to interpret all the lines in the chorus as reflections of a depressed mind that is contemplating suicide. He describes it as a cloud that lingers over the mind day after day. Beautifully, Steve uses 'tomorrow' to show how, everyday, he loses his hope that the cloud would be gone the next day. It's been there since as far as he can remember and he can't even figure out the exact reasons behind it. Frustrated and weary, he wonders if it is best to just put an end to it all.Exactly. When someone who's been suffering from a very difficult illness for a long time passes away, there is a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that at least they're not suffering anymore.
Also, this particular theme is a connection between The Man of Sorrows and TOAC.