Unhappy girl,
Left all alone.
Playing solitaire.
Playing warden to your soul.
You are locked in a prison
Of your own device.
And you can't believe
What it does to me
To see you

Unhappy girl,
Tear your web away.
Saw through all your bars.
Melt your cell today.
You are caught in a prison
Of your own device.

Unhappy girl,
Fly fast away.
Don't miss your chance.
To swim in mystery.
You are dying
In a prison of your
Own device.

Lyrics submitted by archmastermind, edited by JJKelsall

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  • +2
    General CommentMakes me think of the "merriam-the-librarian" type. Jim wants to liberate her from her invisible, "prison of her own devise" with his potent sex magick.
    Z3dR00zon November 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe girl can be unhappy for numerous reasons...it could be devise as a drugs, or just a bad habbit.
    I always tought that he sings:" You a god in a prison of your own devise", but I see here that is not a case. Too bad.
    Hyacinthon March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a girl who has been left alone and because of this somehow she cannot be herself. She is "playing warden to her soul".
    It hurts Jim to see her in this state and so he's telling her to be herself, to "saw through all her bars".
    In the last verse I think he's telling her to take chances and live on the edge, because there's nothing more satisfying than to "swim in mystery"
    CptInflateon September 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's a great song. I am guessing it's about a lonely girl.
    blackled222on October 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a great song. I am guessing it's about a lonely girl.
    blackled222on October 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI feel like it's about this girl who he left, and he saw her cry and it made him sad but he had to leave her for him and for her, and now she's just trapping herself in misery.
    Laurz208on May 13, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNow, the really sad thing here is that the lyrics contain an obvious usage mistake: "devise", a verb, (pronounced "dee-vize") meaning "to create" or "to invent" instead of "device", a noun, (pronounced "dee-VICE", as in "he have de vice of gamblin'") meaning something created to perform a specific purpose.

    "You are locked in a prison of your own device."

    And guess what: ain't no one here spotted this and they even proliferated the error by using the same incorrect term in their comments.

    And of course, the phrase "of one's own device" is in very common literary usage to make an ironic observation that one has been screwed by one's very own actions--a lot like the phrase "hoist with one's own petard".

    Ultimately, we are treated to the comic spectacle of folk working seriously to interpret a fairly literate lyric, and these same folk can't spot a simple spelling/usage error. I try to be as tolerant and democratic as the next man, but until you can spot this sort of error, you have not yet acquired the price of admission to participate in serious discussion.
    sawfish666on September 13, 2012   Link

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