So you let your hair down
And you let the names fly
And you let the ball drop
Why'd you do it?
Why'd you do it?
Going to let your bridge burn
With your secretive pining
And he was
A manic depressive
Named Laughing Boy
Named Laughing Boy

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A Manic Depressive Named Laughing Boy song meanings
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    General Commentwell actually, xthestarslaughdx, it shouldn't remind you of a boy you like that laughs a lot, because the "laughing boy" name is supposed to be ironic. it's a purpose CALLED "laughing boy" but who is actually a manic depressive. everyone expects this person to be happy and perfect, but secretly they are miserable. the brushing hair and putting on make up is symbolic of covering up the person's real feelings.
    narsilon March 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song could probably be completely about him:

    "so you brush your hair down and you let your makeup dry."
    he's pretending to be something that he is not, which goes along with overachieving when being manic. maybe the makeup and hair-brusing isn't literal; maybe it is.

    "and you let the ball drop. why did you do it?"
    i hear this line and think of a hacky sack that you're constantly trying to keep in the air and keep in motion, though eventually, it will fall. it could be a symbol for his manic depression because the manic side could be motionmotionmotion, even though it's inevitable that the depression will come, but he still questions himself and why he let his depressive side get the best of him.

    "and you let your bridges burn with your secretive timing."
    he is being destructive and keeping it on the down-low.

    "he was a manic depressive named laughing boy."
    reading that the name isaac means "laughing boy" brings a lot of insight to the song.
    Nikkibobon January 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song reminds me of usually considered the happy-go-lucky,comedian of my friends who always expect me to be laughing and smiling or cracking jokes...but nobody really knows that i am bipolar, which i feel like i cant talk about with anyone bc im the funny girl....

    it also reminds me how most famous comedians are inside tortured souls and almost all of them suffer from some sort of depression. i have no idea why it is that way.

    as bob saget said "If a really good comedian isn't depressed,somethings wrong."
    penceyprepreprejecton June 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's on the vinyl version of "this is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about" along with "edit the sad parts"
    Mopnuggeton November 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo you let your hair down
    and you let the names fly...
    and you let the ball drop
    Why'd you do it?
    Why'd you do it?
    gonna let your bridge burn
    with your secretive pining
    and'he was
    A Manic Depressive
    Named Laughing Boy.
    Named Laughing Boy.

    Isaac told me.
    ideulogyon October 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song is Isaac singing to himself about himself. Period.
    IslandAgon April 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHrm.. All their songs are puzzling to me.
    persaon August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreminds me of this boy i am secretly in love with. the laughing boy.
    xthestarslaughdxon April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy'd ya do it! i believe these lyrics come from a poem actually
    kay_sayson May 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the... Where did this song come from?
    barnacleson October 30, 2004   Link

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