"The Mask" by Matt Maeson—An Amazingly Deep Track

Updated on March 2, 2020
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Margaret loves discovering authentic, meaningful songs and sharing them with others. For her, music is an emotional outlet.

Matt Maeson posing for ANCHR magazine
Matt Maeson posing for ANCHR magazine | Source

"The Mask" is a song by Matt Maeson, released on December 12, 2018. It speaks about death, grief, the pain of loss and how everybody wears a mask in order to cover their sorrows. The song was co-written by Matt Maeson and James Flannigan and is the 7th track on Maeson's debut album, Bank on the Funeral.

Who Is Matt Maeson?

Matt Maeson is an exceptionally talented singer and songwriter from Virginia, United States. He was born on January 17, 1993, which means that he is currently 27 years old. He launched his career in 2016 with his debut single "Cringe". Later, he went on and released two extended play records, Who Killed Matt Maeson in 2017, and The Hearse in 2018, whereas his debut album, Bank on the Funeral, was released on April 5, 2019.

Matt grew up in a musical family, with his dad teaching him chords. He started playing drums at a very young age (around the age of 3 or 4), and continued with playing the guitar at the age of 15. That's when he also started writing songs.

The Difficult Life of Matt Maeson

Matt Maeson's both life and career start are unconventional, to say the least. His parents were juvenile delinquents who turned their lives around and ended up playing music in Christian metal bands, while his beloved uncle was murdered when Matt was six years old. He started performing at the of 17 at high security prisons and at the age of 19 formed an addiction with drugs, eventually serving time in jail. When he got off he started working in construction for 12 hours a day and doing community service. All of the above made him rely on songwriting as an emotional outlet.

"The Mask" by Matt Maeson-Lyrics

Well, I felt the burn
Since the day you departed and talked from the tomb
I'm still healing those wounds
And it holds me down
But made me a man that says
Fuck all those rules
I will be who I choose

Its a lonely road
With one grip on several psalms and one grip on the gun
And it holds the rope
That spins me in circles and dizzies my head
Then says sleep when you're dead

Were you ever here?
Or just lost on the surface that at the first touch
Just evades in the dust
And it pulled me down
And showed me my demons lined up in a sequence
Forming a crowd

It was so long
With a piece of happy home that they stripped from the bone
I did not react
I settled my grievance by crafting a mask
And I never looked back

Tell me what you know
I'm in deeper than I've ever been
I will never grow
While this anchor is chained to my feet

Tell me what you know
I'm in deeper than I've ever been
I will never grow
While this anchor is chained to my feet

Tell me what you know
I settled my grievance by crafting the mask
And I never looked
I won't ever grow
I settled my grievance by crafting a mask
And I never looked

Tell me what you know
I settled my grievance by crafting the mask
And I never looked
I won't ever grow
I settled my grievance by crafting the mask
And I never looked back

“The Mask” is about how everybody has a mask they wear and how that always roots back to something—some point in your life where you started pretending, and then eventually started believing that’s who you really are.

— Matt Maeson

Death and grief exist as central themes in Matt Maeson's songs, something that comes as no surprise, taking into consideration how tough life has been on him. He has a gift for portraying emotion and creating deep and meaningful songs. His song "The Mask" is one of my favorites, which I often find myself playing on a leap (particularly the stripped version). I consider it to be incredibly touching, especially for people who are gripping with the pain of loss. "I did not react/ I settled my grievance by crafting a mask/ And I never looked back" is especially deep and meaningful and it portrays the fact that people have to move on and harden themselves no matter what they've been through - cover up their pain and continue living. However, when you put on a mask for too long, you may eventually come to the point of losing yourself. So when is the right time to stop pretending and remove it?


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