Let me share the reason of your lecture for a change
Let me tell you how you'll feel
Let me strap you down and put morphine in your veins
Let me share this bed of steel

Cause here come the state inspector
So doctor all the resident records
Truth is he really don't care less
It's just a function of the politics and business

Oh the squalor, Oh the squalor
Let it empty me
Welcome to whatever God may do
It's no secret that you'll never leave

woah. woah...woahh

Cause here comes the state inspector
So doctor all the resident records
Truth is he really don't care less
It's just a function of the politics and business

Deinstitutionalization
Had a wife but left her at the station
And there's women in the stair wells
When their love lives don't fare well
Whoring themselves away in the kitchen

But look see that woman gettin all dressed up
Putting on her earrings and her makeup
And in another world there's a lonely girl
Who's wishing she'd never been a grown up

Oh the squalor...Oh the squalor
Let it empty me
Welcome to whatever God may do
It's no secret that you'll never leave

Maybe today I won't get the wrong meds,
And maybe today I'll get my fourty six cents
And maybe today I'll jump that barbed wired fence
And leave this place altogether

Cause we're calling all the President's men
And we'll shove him in his room, locked in
Won't you do me a favor and give me ten
So I can peek into the hallway again.

Oh the squalor...Oh the squalor
Let it empty me
Welcome to whatever god may do
It's no secret you'll never leave


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    General CommentI took this as a ong about the paradigm shift in the mental health profession called "Deinstitutionalization." Basically, before this transitions people diagnosed with mental illness were locked up in institutions without the hope of treatment. These were sometimes called Aslyums or State Hospitals. This practice was wrong. Now we have Mental Health Facitlities were care and treatment are priorities. However, the actual process of Deinstitutionalization was a rocky one and to say the institutions were simply emptied of anyone who wasn't a threat to others is not far from the truth. There were a lot of politics involved which of course never help things. While the mental health field is in a better place, the means at which it got there was by no means pleasent or humane.
    UMassIntrepidon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI know a few people who have had major problems with presciption drugs for depression. So that is what this song means to me. We are popping all these pills that sometimes do nothing, or make the matter worse.
    Skunkindanon February 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read in an article for a Harvard U. paper that this song is [directly] about the mistreatment of patients and the inhumane conditions in a New York asylum.
    17077218on April 26, 2006   Link

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