"Asylum" as written by and Daniel Johns....
Contained in my cotton crib
Where I feel no turbulence
The ocean sleeps upon a shelf
And it feeds my apathy

But I can feel it in the night
Like rain upon my skin inside a winter
But you began to splinter
If I decide to recognize my thorns

'Cause every time I see your face in a cloud
I'll feel no violence
So tilt the water 'til it turns me around
To my own asylum
Dry in the day, I'm fading away in the night

I feel the sun before its light
And it fades away into the night
I was afraid I'll feed myself or clean the shelf
And kill for shame

But I can feel it in the night
Collect the rocks and throw them overborders
To shake the mighty waters
And clear myself from hiding every thorn

'Cause every time I see your face in a cloud
I'll feel no violence
So tilt the water 'til it turns me around
To my own asylum
Dry in the day, I'm fading away

And we grow
For we gone away right out the window
You're just a fool for him
For him (x2)

'Cause every time I see your face in a cloud
I'll feel no violence
So tilt the water 'til it turns me around
To my own asylum
Dry in the day, I'm fading away (x3)
In the night


Lyrics submitted by makeyourself67

"Asylum" as written by Daniel Johns

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Asylum song meanings
Add your thoughts

26 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General Commentlol... my friend and I have spent SO many hours analysing this song, it's scary. Oh, and I have a few lyric revisions for you - could be wrong, but these are what we figured out:
    Instead of, "I feel the sun before it's light/ And it fades away into the night/ I was afraid of, "Feed myself or clean this shelf"/ "And kill for shame" ", we got:
    "I feel the sun before it's light/and it fades away into the night/I was afraid/I'll feed myself/I'll clear the shelf/and kill the shame"
    And we've never been able to figure out exactly the bridge... meh.
    At any rate, I think Asylum's about Daniel's battle with depression, and his recovery. The first verse would be about when he was still on anti-depressants (Contained in my cotton crib / Where I feel no turbulence), and the second one would be about realizing that it was ok to have "extreme emotions" (in his words) and just generally getting better (hence "I'll feed myself" -eating disorder reference). There's so much more to it, and I realize that my explanation makes no sense at all, but it's just hard to put into a few words what we've been analysing for weeks. I hope it's not TOO far out there to understand.

    silverjennaon July 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEven though I totally acknowledge you and your friend's long hours analyzing this song, the revision you submitted isn't exactly right. Instead of "I'll feed myself/I'll clear the shelf/and kill the shame", it's "I'll feed myself/or clear this shelf/and kill for shame". I just now started understanding these lyrics, since I haven't listened to the song in a little while. I now have a slightly different perspective on this wonderfully written song.
    makeyourself67on July 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentaccording to silverchair.nu/…
    the lyrics are

    Contained in my cotton crib
    When I feeel no turbulence
    The ocean sleeps upon a shelf and it feeds my apathy
    I can feel it in the night
    Like rain upon my skin inside a winter
    But you began to splinter

    If I decide to recognize my thorns

    'Cause every time I see your face in a cloud I feel no violence
    So tilt the water 'til it turns me around
    To my own asylum
    Dry in the day and fading away in the night

    I feel the sun before its light
    And it fades away into the night
    I was afraid, I feed myself
    I cleared the shelf and killed the shame
    But I can feel it in the night
    Collect the rocks and throw them over bodys
    To shake the muddy waters

    And clear myself from hiding every thorn

    'Cause every time I see your face in a cloud I feel no violence
    So tilt the water 'til it turns me around
    To my own asylum
    Dry in the day and fading away in the night

    And we grow, before we go over the window
    You're just a fool for him

    'Cause every time I see your face in a cloud I feel no violence
    So tilt the water 'til it turns me around
    To my own asylum
    Dry in the day and fading away in the night


    but then until the silverchair official site puts up the lyrics, we'll never know. i was hoping more people would post up their interpretations of this song because i absolutely love it.. :)
    mohtnanion July 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is only available on the Without You single, as is Ramble.
    SDarknesson April 21, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a mellow, beautiful song about the time you're alone with your thoughts and utterly at peace. Maybe my favourite Silverchair song.


    "Next time I dedicate a song to you man I swear I'll sing it in key." ...man I hate Daniel so much at that point! Two hours onstage and he's complaining about the fact he's like a semitone out of key! XD
    stygimolochon November 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSince I couldn't find these lyrics anywhere on the net, I decided to listen to the song and type 'em for ya. By the way, if anybody has any corrections to make, feel free to do so.
    makeyourself67on May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe reason that nobody hasn't posted anything yet is prolly cuz you can't find it for download. That 's totally understandable. I couln't find it on KaZaA at first. Just download the AG Satellite P2P client at audiogalaxy.com/satellite/…? and that'll hopefully fix ya up. Even though it's not typical Silverchair, trust me; it's worth the download!!
    makeyourself67on May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn. is this one some b-side or something? haven't heard of it before, it's really disturbing. gh. ;P
    taggon June 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentindeed, not typical silverchair, but beautiful. sounds a bit like paint pastel princess and even emotion sickness at parts. lovely b-side from the "without you" single. in short i think it's about being lonely and apathetic all the time while knowing that deep inside you want to be with someone. ciao
    goodbyeskyharboron June 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I never would've figured out those lyrics without your help (I'm not trying to be an ass). Anyways, if you don't mind, I'm gonna revise these lyrics ASAP. Later.
    MakeYourselfon July 09, 2002   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain