Faces Behind Ink
Here, again, we have a song about Monty. Faces Behind Ink alludes to the phenomenon of people hiding their true identity behind all kinds of masks. Oscar Wilde once said:
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
I think there is so much truth to this. Just think about all the people on the internet hiding behind their supposed anonymity. It is nothing but a mask. They post things they’d never say in a face to face conversation. That’s simply the way it is.
In Monty’s case we’re talking about tattoos – Tattoo was also the song’s working title. It’s not a general assumption that tattoo serve as some kind of disguise to those who wear them, don’t get me wrong.
The first line in the first verse is, obviously, an allusion to Macbeth’s soliloquy (Act V, Scene 5) in the play which name must not be mentioned (Macbeth). After he hears of the queen’s death he states that:
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more
The verse further shows Monty as being someone dominated by multiple personalities. Not as in the case of a multiple personality disorder but rather as someone who acts with and without a mask.
“You don’t even cast a shadow” is an expression of the notion that someone who casts no shadow has no soul. The final two lines are about Bino who should have seen it coming that one day Monty will leave him, i.e. their friendship ends.
In the second verse Bino talks about how Monty has changed: neglecting his friends, no longer caring for soccer and so on. “You don’t even lose a soul” completes the statement about having no soul in the first verse. Those two lines could also have made up part of one verse, e.g. you don’t even cast a shadow/you don’t even lose a soul. However, they may serve as closure for the verses before the last part is repeated.
Dier is a made-up word. It might describe someone who is in the process of dying but not necessary in a literal way. Should it bear any meaning in any other language it is purely coincidental.
In the interlude Bino speaks of a serpent that roams paradise. This serpent, of course, is the girl who manipulated Monty into abandoning all of his friend, maybe all of his former life.
What about Monty’s tattoo? Well, that is the part the chorus deals with. Monty got a tattoo which was the first significant change. A tattoo always represents a deeper meaning. At least most tattoos do. As the heart is usually the place for deeper meanings and feelings getting a tattoo is like wearing part of one’s inner self on one’s sleeve, therefore the lines:
Had it taken from the heart
Had it tattooed on your skin
As I said before, the lyrics might sound angry because that is how I felt at the time. But whatever Monty did I still wish him the best of luck because the way I remember him, he was a nice guy.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
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