"Sanity" as written by and Brett Gurewitz....
There's a watch in my pocket and its hands are broken
The face is blank but the gears are turning
Confusion is a fundamental state of mind
It doesn't really matter what I'm figuring out
I'm guaranteed to wind up in a state of doubt
And sanity is a full-time job
In a world that is always changing
And sanity is a state of mind
That you believe in, sanity
There's a shadow on the wall where the paint is peeling
My body's moving forward but my mind is reeling
Depression is a fundamental state of mind
It doesn't really matter how my day has turned out
I always end up living in this world of doubt
And sanity is a full-time job
In a world that is always changing
And sanity will make you strong
If you believe in sanity
And sanity is a full-time job
In a world that is always changing
And sanity is a state of mind
That you believe in, sanity


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"Sanity" as written by Brett Gurewitz

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    General CommentI think this song is saying that in the fast-paced out of control world we live in today it is very difficult to maintain your sanity, and just staying sane is as stressful and difficult as a full time job.
    Madcappunkon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song speaks to anyone who suffers from Philosophical Insanity from time to time. When the Universegod pays your logic and perception a visit, punishing you for daring to drop your daily delusions.
    Consciousnesson January 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou all i mean not the band
    A .Don December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbad religion rules. hah hah ha. well im outie..bye
    i_failed_preschoolon December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about maintaining your sanity even while everything else about you is crazy and how hard it is. I love this song. Awesome visuals
    TaytorToton February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVisuals??, so there IS a video of this song.
    TheSamePersonon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's saying [eg: at the start] that you will always question something, you will always get confused. Then it goes on to say do you believe in sanity? what is sanity? I'm guessing an insane person is defined as someone who doesn't know wrong from right. Like I said before, you always get moments wondering, so that means we have moments of "insanity". You have to keep working, to not be confused.
    DJgifon May 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think he is talking about his attempt to find truth. The more he digs for it, the more he questions it, until he is unsure of what the truth really is. Also I think he his conceives of sanity as having an understanding of the truth, which to him is an idealistic goal that he feels he cannot realistically attain.

    Thoughts?
    chikenleggon August 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think we have to work hard on ourselves to be sane, it's hard to understand what's going on around us.
    confusion and depression are part of the process when you are looking for your own path
    thebagronon July 09, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThat first/second line is a nice metaphor for someone who is going insane. The face is blank but the gears are turning. The watch, like the person isn't showing you what's going on!

    Sanity is a full time job in a world that is always changing - I guess that means the person has to work at being normal. And they can't rely on the shifting mess of the outside world, and (implied) they must work from within.

    The shadow on the wall where the paint is peeling isn't as obvious to me and I want to say it's just prose, invoking solitude. Things you notice when you've got nothing else to do.
    leemodon January 31, 2013   Link

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