Yep, that makes more sense than thinking about it may be the wife. Thanks for the interpretation, you made that a lot clearer to me!"this old widow plays tricks with my brain"
I think it would be safe to assume that it's his mother's pain he is referring to.
1. I interpreted "Hide and Seek" as having 2 characters in it ("Two hearts in the search for.."): a younger version of the patient (the boy) and his mother (the old widow - also the fact that she is described as a widow would lead me to presume that the patient's father is dead, which ties in with my later observations, below), so I don't think it has anything to do with his illegitimate son.
2. I also interpreted "Break the Silence" as having the same two characters
from the repeated references to "boy", "rascal" etc., "her" and this line: "It's crazy, this old primadonna".
I thought a long time about this obvious connection of the hurting back but I still had problems recognizing the true connection! It may be because I had always thought that the person in "Tears for a Son" were his father and not his mother!In addition, early in the song is this line:
"But my back may hurt, so OK"
And who else do we know with an aching back? Yup, the character by the side of the patient's bed in "Tears for a Son" which, I believe, gives very strong evidence towards the argument that that character is his mother.
But... does she lie in the room next door and hears the music the patient plays when his wife and his son turn the radio on? And does she know that the man next door who plays "evil music" is her son?
When I first heard the line "my back hurts and ruins my sleep" I thought it would be the patient's father who donates some of his own bone marrow for his son (the patient) so of course his back hurts...? But now after finding out that it's actually his mother... is she only there by coincidence/fate? Or does it have something to do with the patient?
But it's only in his mind/imagination that those wounds are healing, isn't it? So it's basically forgiveness that finally enters his mind.(...) so that the characters in "Break the Silence" are the same as in "Hide and Seek". Therefore, it would be the bonds/wounds broken between the patient and his mother that are healing.
That's a nice idea, too! It's not only that the listener should take these pieces of advice but it could be that the involved persons have come to this conclusion. Great!And I almost imagined the song reflecting the thoughts of those involved with patient who, through his coma, managed to come to terms with themselves and find out about who they really are. Be it a good or bad person they all seem to agree that living life to it's fullest is the only way to live after seeing on of their loved ones pass away early.
In "Destiny Calls" at 4:17 - what is it that happens? This is still the greatest mystery of the album for me. Is there anyone who has some ideas? I do have some vague clues but nothing "real" yet...
Oh, and another word or two about "One Last Goodbye"...
I often have the feeling that the person(s) who sing(s) could be the people in real life who are involved with the patient but also the inhabitants of Mercy Falls inside the head of the patient. Especially in the line "we're all here beside you" What do you think?
On a sidenote: I absolutely love this song and it's almost impossible to hold back the tears when the silent moment comes where the wife pulls the plug... I guess the line "and tears keep on falling" is to be taken literally for the listener, too.
What about the storm, people? In some way I think the approaching of the storm in Mercy Falls is a direct consequence of the feelings and emotions of the patient - it's his "world" after all! So what is the storm? His guilt? Let me think about that a little longer...
Man, this is fun!!