But wear that fake smile like a cape
Putting on the facade of happiness allows you a source of detachment from the sad surroundings. None of your depressing surroundings can hurt you if you repress those thoughts and feelings. That smile isn’t genuine, but it gets you through.
The use of the word “Cape” is significant. He must wear a fake smile in order to protect those close to him, and suffer from life and its struggles alone. His sacrifice emphasizes Chance (or the song’s protagonist) as a hero.
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