The person named McArthur Parker mentioned in the lyrics is a play on words refering to the name of a song "McArthur Park"....
Your brain is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of moods and colours
We walk to the park, but it's melting in the dark
All of a sudden your mood changes and your face looks like a cake
Left out in the rain
Is your name MacArthur Parker?
Or is it Reba?

Detour through your mind, supersaver to your mind
We seem to float by yesterday's child
The new you, the land time forgot and a horse with no name
And all of a sudden we realize that we are no more
A key pops out of your nose, we open the door
As we go further into the gloom we chance upon a large orange room
From ear to ear, from the here and now

Who am I? Where am I going? How much will it cost?
I hear another galaxy spinning around
A flash of blinding light and we're in an elegantly appointed doctor's office

It seems that doctor Aron Butterfly wants to dip us in plaster
$16,000! and all he wanted to do was dip us in plaster!
We say to the doctor, "No, please, no!"
And then we get the doctor's bill, what a shock!


Who am I? Where have I been? Where am I going? Do I need any luggage?
I need to leave my past behind.

Lyrics submitted by Ice

"Detour Thru Your Mind" as written by Fred Schneider Kate Pierson

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    General Commentnice use of backmasking.
    _Immortal_on June 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis initially comes off as a pastiche of late-1960s pop music references--the description of the park as "melting in the dark" and the question, "Is your name MacArthur Parker?" are in reference to the 1968 string-drenched hit of the same name; the "horse with no mane" is a clear reference to the America hit, "Horse With No Name"; "Dr. Aaron Butterfly" is most likely a play on "Iron Butterfly," and even the backmasked message "I buried my parakeet in the backyard" seems like an oblique reference to the alleged backmasked message at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever" which has John intoning, "I buried Paul." The rest of the song probably contains more late-60s pop-culture references, though I can't make them out. The last line, "I need to leave my past behind," casts the song in an interesting light; the song could be interpreted, based on this line, as a paean/elegy for the band members' (possibly just Fred's) nostalgia for the late 1960s, during which time the band members would have all been between the ages of 10-15 and thus deeply impressionable, especially as consumers of pop culture.
    owennnnnnnnnnon June 13, 2006   Link

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