"The Patient Mental" as written by Chad L. Gray, Matthew Mcdonough, Greg Tribbett and Ryan Martinie....
Patient,
Just as I am,
As always,
Watch the time go by,
Nothing left to pass by,
The minutes follow me,
Drunken little people,
Work away in me,

Why won't they leave me, leave me alone
When I don't even want me, want me

I have to, kill the words,
Before they, form my sentence,
The sentence that is me,
Judged by those that carry
The patient sits in cradled arms
That comfort me by strangling

Why won't they leave me, leave me alone
When I don't even want me,

The patient mental sits and stares
An idle mind that's empty, screaming
Staring back
Why won't they leave him, leave him alone
A passive speared ritual
Drive by our war ship...the hate driven envy

They have to kill the meal,
Before they can consume,
Consume my inner peace,
Without the understanding,
Trapped inside the works,
The hands are moving me

The patient mental sits and stares
An idle mind that's empty, screaming
Staring back
Why won't they leave him, leave him alone
A passive speared ritual
Drive by our war ship...the hate driven envy

Release me,
Let me go,
Why do they observe me?
There's nothing here to cure,
I can see the silhouettes,
That sit behind the mirror
I'm just like a clock upon the wall
Always moving, but never going anywhere

The patient mental sits and stares
An idle mind that's empty, screaming
Staring back
Why won't they leave him, leave him alone
A passive speared ritual
Drive by our war ship...the hate driven envy


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"The Patient Mental" as written by Greg Tribbett Chad L. Gray

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  • +2
    General CommentI get goosbumps when I listen to this part

    Why do they observe me
    There's nothing here to cure
    I can see the silhouettes
    That sit behind the mirror
    I'm just like a clock upon the wall
    Always moving but never going anywhere
    drshockon October 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy take on the song is a little bit different than everyone... I think it's about the author dealing with his own fame. "Why won't they leave me alone, when I don't even want me." Sounds like someone who can't really understand why people like him so much when he doesn't even like himself -- something I can certainly identify with.

    "Why do they observe me, there's nothing here to cure," again, is talking about fame and being observed by fans and critics -- and people who read into the lyrics too much, perhaps? ;)

    "They have to kill the meal before they can consume my inner peace, without the understanding, trapped in the words, the hands are moving me." Sounds to me like he's talking about the record industry, where they feast on his success without really taking the time to understand him or his words. He feels like a puppet on a string, another theme that comes up in other songs.
    benclarkon June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKill me now. I am the first person to write a comment about this song?!? WTF? Locked inside their own head, the "patient mental" is abused verbally, shutting off all emotion. They sit and take it, feeling nothing. Inside their own mind they're screaming at everyone that has hurt them, although they are giving nothing away physically. Deep down they are hurt. They only want to be themself, but no one will let them. Nothing is good enough for anyone. "Driven by our war ship", or "worship?" How many times in your life has someone riddiculed you in the name of religion? Hipocritical? Yeah, but we are animals any way. Why can't any be who they want to be? What wrong with living your own life? Those are the unspoken questions asked in this song. Let go, read into it!
    oKySPon May 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes, i agree with u, but i think its more that 'the patient mental' or the person being drivin to self hate. They withdraw from everything, yet is still ridiculed. "The patient sits in cradled arms
    That comfort me by strangling" cradled arms being what he belives in, wheither it is god, buddah, or some other god, and the strangling is the choice that his 'god' decided to make life hard for him.
    SuicidalAndroidon June 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat is all too true, and I am very glad that some one finnaly decided to write a comment. It makes sense that the song is indeed about religion b/c Chad dwells on the fact that GOD has it out for him. good comment.
    oKySPon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"b/c Chad dwells on the fact that GOD has it out for him"

    Symbolism. None of the lyrics reflect derict concern with religion.
    TheRulnigon June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the wordplay in this song. Some things Chad says can be heard in a completely differant way, depending who you are.

    A passive speared ritual
    (The passive spirit you're all)
    Driven by our war ship
    (Driven by, your worship)
    The hate driven envy
    (The hate driven in me)
    ShadeCharadeon July 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok, this song is about a man. who is very passive with life. he keeps to himself. anyone who lashes out on him, he holds in thoes feelings. beats himself inside. he could also have skitzophrenia. but over all. its not about a mental patient. its about a man who is very patient, to the point of passiveness. but everyone thinks he is mental... hence "the patient mental"

    over all. this song to very eloquent. i and relate to this song on many levels.
    navtiidiaon June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bridge also gives me goosebumps, and it reminds me of a lot of things.
    Amazing song.
    harmgardton August 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this one.. And I like okysp's take on this.. reminds me of my highschool years in a way..
    Lateralus518on November 07, 2006   Link

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