There is no window in this room
Not that I really miss the view
It's just that I may soon forget the way the grass looks when it's wet

It seems so sad to call this home
However, I have had time to think about the past and write this song
I'm running out of ink

I'm trying hard to read your mind
Built a machine to travel time
"Blessing the globe with pestilence"
This is my magic residence

It seems so sad to call this home
However, I have had time to think
The medication does not work
Is there poison in my drink?

"Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord my soul to keep, if I
should die before I wake, then that's just my luck"

They never told me they were gonna put me away
I'm not crazy I tell you!
I'm not insane!
Am I?
I made a magic wand today
Maybe I'll wish myself away
Next to the ocean where birds sing
"These are a few of my favorite things"

It seems so sad to call this home
However, I have had time to think about the past and what went wrong
I'm running out of ink!

Oh the sickness oh the sadness I can't think

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    General CommentStill a great song by them...everything in their music, lyrics is amazing
    guitarheroon January 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn this song I think the singer is talking about a mental patient writing to a love of family member. I think this because of the part where he talks about not being crazy, then building machines to travel time, or making magic wands. At the end he accepts he is at a hospital and gives up.
    Knux68on March 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti dont think its that hes actually in a mental instutution just that hes put himself in this situation n exsaturating things and letting ideas and things wonder away in his mind like the magic wand and time machine about how easy it would be to change the things hes done and when it says "it seems so sad to call this home..." i think hes talking about what choices we're made to get himself where hes at in life although it could actually be reffering to someone in a mental hospital idk maybe it doesnt specifically point to either of the 2 but idk
    nobodieslisteningon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow, I've always liked this song but I never realized it was about a guy in a mental institution! but its totally true. haha thats great
    sugarpop3on January 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Knux68. I never realized that. But yeah, that makes sence.
    Viva-la-Markon April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song oddly reminds me of Hannibal lector in silence of the lambs. "Next to the ocean where birds sing" when clarice Offers lector to be transferred to another insutition, she says that he'll get to walk on the beach and later in the movie when dr chilton is telling lector he hs been scamed, he says "you actually thought you'd walk on the beach and listen to the birdies." or something to that effect. And the magic wand being the pen nib lector uses to pick the lock on his handcuffs. But then again, I could probably make ANYTHING to be about hannibal lector after last watching the movie yesterday.
    KILLrachelDEADon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think we have to keep in mind that Schuylar almost never writes a song and has the meaning be exactly what he puts down on the page. think metaphorically is all i'm saying
    aceindaholeon November 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAstute observation.

    This sounds like something out of the "China White" storyline, like where the gardener first comes into play, perhaps a side story or an off-set beginning.

    I saw a video made for this, portraying a man who was in a mental hospital. He had several progressive flashbacks to his life before (think Memento), involving a girlfriend who dumped him. At the end, you find out his "magic wand" is a starter pistol, a garage gun. He goes to the ex's house and sees her with a new boyfriend.

    Keep in mind, it appears to have been months since he got dumped. When she doesn't take him back, he takes out the gun, shoots the new man, and perforates the girl. Then it goes to more proof of insanity, where you watch him feel the way he felt all over again. Then he imagines all of the gunshots on him, and the man crumples to the floor because of how bad he feels.

    Apparently, they never said they'd put him away. This shows me that the cops didn't think that there was enough to prove insanity, but... if you think of the man in this song as the Gardener, it makes perfect sense. We all know the songs intertwine when they're connected, (China White and CW2 have carbon-copied lyrics, as do The Seduction and Dixie Wolf) so think about windows. Those play a big part in the CW story, and its referenced in here. For a lyricist like Schuylar, passing glances might as well be stare-downs as far as references go. They never said they'd put him away, but then they found his garden with the bodies fertilizing it. Sure, they had enough to send him to prison.. But now they have enough to send him away to an institute. They never told him because they never knew.

    Perhaps this is a side-story to "China White"? I suppose we can't really be certain. But, it certainly seems that way to me.

    I can appreciate the Hannibal Lecter reference, but... I don't see enough solid ground there. Something to get a thesis out of, but not enough for a persuasive point to be made.
    oggeymoggelon June 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe the common idea here is correct, I just want to point out the linkage of the second to last verse talking about where the birds sing which has a common element with Mushroom River. Pretty sweet stuff.
    Th3_Gh0sTon December 17, 2009   Link

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