“When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”—John Green, Paper Towns (via bookmania)
“Work hard, then, on the disappointment or anticlimax which is certainly coming to the patient during his first few weeks as a churchman. The Enemy allows this disappointment to occur on the threshold of every human endeavour. It occurs when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by ‘Stories from the Odyssey’ buckles down to really learning Greek. It occurs when lovers have got married and begin the real task of learning to live together. In every department of life it marks the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing.”—C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Now read the meaning “Endersshadow11” assigned it. I’m surprised at how accurate it is.
"OK so I only saw one comment above about this. And I’m so surprised no one else had seen this. About the story Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King and the movie Secret Window its was based on being influential to this song. It DEFINITELY makes you see this song in a different light. It’s still about a fresh start, but a more morbid one.
In the story the main character is accused of plagiarizing a story entitled “Sowing Season” by John Shooter. In the movie (I haven’t read the book) There are many parallels but basically the twisted main character spirals downward throughout the movie to eventually merge with his alter-ego “John Shooter.” Who kills his lawyer, dog, some other guy, and his ex-wife and her boyfriend. He then dumps the car with the lawyer and other dude into a river. HIs ex-wife and her boyfriend he buries in the “secret garden” where he grows corn on the soil they are decomposing in and eats it, copious amounts of it. After he does this he then has a “fresh” start and is unified and basically committed the perfect crime.
So some parallels are clearly obvious here. The progression of the song follows the movie.
In the beginning he was basically losing every one (especially his wife) that was close to him. He was the one drinking, she was the one driving away. He got his friends back in the form of John Shooter. He thought he was mending because he was getting over it and was holding onto a hope that his wife and him could still work out. That she could forget his problems.
Then he had to face a truth laying inside of him, JOhn Shooter. The excuse and alter ego he made to kill who he wanted to kill and in a way he could blame someone else. His brain had to face a dark truth, begin building a trap, and decide if he was ready to rebuild his life in this sordid way of essentially murdering people who were the cause of his suffering, each and every one, with tools from his tool shed, screwdrivers and shovels and a hatchet.
Then John shooter takes action, he kills the two people who could be responsible for finding out the the main character is behind it and dumps them in a river. John can “fix it” he is the cure-all father-like alter ego taking charge. He took everything he loved and owned and made it something he “missed” by burning down his old house. And it all started with a brick John Shooter threw through his window. A brick with a copy of “Sowing Season” tied around it.
Then after he kills his ex-wife and her boyfriend and plants them in the garden he plants his corn. It grows and covers over the earth where he put them. It’s the end of what he accomplished. John Shooter is no longer and alter-ego but a whole part of him.
The last part is a question. Does he miss his ex-wife he killed? The only person that added color to his black and white field of ink (since he is a writer). OR is he content with what he did? the answer is he is not her friend, family, or lover anymore. He is complete, and knows how he feels. He could die happy.