The I.V. and your hospital bed
This was no accident
This was a therapeutic chain of events

This is the scent of dead skin on a linoleum floor
This is the scent of quarantine wings in a hospital
It's not so pleasant
And it's not so conventional
It sure as hell ain't normal
But we deal, we deal

The anesthetic never set in and I'm wondering where
The apathy and urgency is that I thought I phoned in
It's not so pleasant.
And it's not so conventional
It sure as hell ain't normal
But we deal, we deal

Just sit back, just sit back
Just sit back and relax
Just sit back, just sit back
Just sit back and relapse again

Can't take the kid from the fight
take the fight from the kid
Sit back, relax
Sit back, relapse again
Can't take the kid from the fight
take the fight from the kid
Just sit back, just sit back

You're a regular decorated emergency
You're a regular decorated emergency

This is the scent of dead skin on a linoleum floor
This is the scent of quarantine wings in a hospital
It's not so pleasant.
And it's not so conventional
It sure as hell ain't normal
But we deal, we deal

The anesthetic never set in and I'm wondering where
The apathy and urgency is that I thought I phoned in
It's not so pleasant.
And it's not so conventional
It sure as hell ain't normal
But we deal, we deal

Can't take the kid from the fight
take the fight from the kid
Sit back, relax
Sit back, relapse again
Can't take the kid from the fight
take the fight from the kid
Just sit back, just sit back
Sit back, sit back, relax, relapse
Sit back, sit back, bababada
You can take the kid out of the fight

You're a regular decorated emergency
The bruises and contusions will remind me what you did when you wake
You've earned a place atop the ICU's hall of fame
The camera caught you causing a commotion on the gurney again

You're a regular decorated emergency
The bruises and contusions will remind me what you did when you wake
You've earned a place atop the ICU's hall of fame
The camera caught you causing a commotion on the gurney again

Can't take the kid from the fight
take the fight from the kid
Sit back, relax
Sit back, relapse again
Can't take the kid from the fight
take the fight from the kid
Just sit back, just sit back
Sit back, sit back, relax, relapse
Sit back, sit back, bababada
You can take the kid out of the fight

The I.V. and your hospital bed
This was no accident
This was a therapeutic chain of events


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Camisado (Relax, Relapse) song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about drugs and desperation "on the gurney" and "your bruises and confusions will remind you" give away the drugs bit and the lexical set of suffering "relapse", "hospital", "emergency" relates to the way some people are almost in hospital every weekend and they end up there again and again and can't just stop it, it becomes convention and it becomes the same. "This is the scent of dead skin on a linoleum floor" abuse at home? Possible... maybe just the familiar smell of a hospital.. "regular decorated emergency" the decorated means "wasted" as far as I can gather and the references to "fighting" are to do with fighting this routine of going out and getting fucked up on pills. Thats how I see it but then what do I know :P
    Wilf_xon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentugh.

    don't you guys get it yet?

    this album is a story. "the only difference" and "london beckons" are dislaimer-like prologues. "nails for breakfast" is the introduction. we have a guy in a hospital bed. why? he attempted suicide. "this was no accident". actually, he was "theraputically" trying to cope with a "chain of events" by killing himself. what were these events? well the rest of the album functions to reveal the reasons why he is lying in this hospital bed.

    he obviously did something pretty drastic, because he has made the "ICU hall of fame". he is a "regular decorated emergency". in a sense, he is defining his own self-worthlessness.

    we have a lonely guy, who is looking for attention so he tries to kill himself. he calls the hosptial to let them know he is dying, he has a tone of "apathy" to show his lack of passion for living, hoping this will make the doctors more urgent to come to his rescue. now he is in the hospital and he realizes he is nothing more than the standard suicide attempt these doctors see everyday. the doctors were so careless the "anesthetic never sets in". in his quest for attention, he has only become just like every other "regular decorated emergency". a bloody mess.

    if you notice in "the only difference" he says he is the narrator...well I believe he is narrating a story about himself. therefore he refers to himself when he says "I" and he is also talking to himself in third person when he thinks about how the "the bruises and contusions will remind [him] what [he] did [to himself] when [he] wakes". we he says "we deal" it is almost a satiric remark, because he is commenting on his own dillusionment- almost in a schitzophrenic type of way. it's actually kind of creepy.

    after he realizes he is nothing more than the average suicide attempt he feels even more worthless, he creates another fiasco on the gurney. luckily the hospital camera's caught that one. i think this line is just added in to mock how ridiculous the whole situation really is.

    it's ironic that he commits suicide, but calls the hospital to let them know. this shows he is "desperate for attention" as he says he is in "london beckons". when he calls the suicide "support line" in "nails for breakfast" this notion is further confirmed.

    when he says "you can't take the kid from the fight, take the fight from the kid" he is saying that if you can't remove someone from their personal struggles (his is with suicide), you remove their struggles from them. i think this refers to hospitalization to ensure that he doesn't attempt suicide again.

    basically, if you can't keep a kid away from attempting suicide, keep the ability to attempt suicide away from the kid. and that is why he is in this hopsital....which all falls in line with the story. it's kind of like we're traveling backwards.
    greeenon January 26, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentall i know is that ryan ross is a poetic genuis. i seriously don't know how he does it.
    one of manyon December 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeriously this one is spelled out for you.

    Ths song starts out a guy in a hospital and speculates why he is there.

    It then describes the scent of the hospital and how unpleasent it is.

    Then he is complaining about the service where his anesthetic never set in.

    I'm not sure why he says, "Im wondering where the apathy and urgency is that I thought I phoned in" Because I wouldn't want my nurse to be apathetic to my situation.

    The sitting back and relaxing and relapsing states that this has happened many times.

    Then the getting the kid out of the fight. My girlfriend and I decided it can mean two things, either that parents need to actaully teach their kids not to do something rather than ignore it or that it is explaining why this character in this song is relapsing.

    Regular decorated emergency, means he has wounds all over him. Like the red badge of courage. And it means he is a "regular piece of work" ever heard that saying?

    The most confusing part for me was at the end of the song. He is in the ICU hall of fame? Why is he causing a problem on the gurney? If he is in the ICU hall of fame that must mean that he goes there a lot I guess. And he is causing a comotion because... why? I don't get that part.

    But I watched Fight Club and I don't think that it is a coincidence that this band likes that books author A LOT and they have a song like this. It is hard for me to believe this is not a reference to Fight Club. I could be wrong tho.
    Brettleyon December 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read an interview, and Ryan said that he wrote this song about his dad's recovery from alcoholism. Although, judging from the rest of his songs, I wouldn't be surprised if he used references from Fight Club too. A combination of both, probably.
    sheepisasinon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAbout rehab/ hospital and struggling with addictions/mental health?
    [I think so anyways]
    KillSpoonellaon March 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfueledbyramen.com/panic/…
    ADimeADexteron June 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpurevolume.com/panicatthedisco/…
    BURNingHURTSaLOTon July 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can take the kid from the fight but
    You cant take the fight from the kid

    Fight Club reference?
    blank_distortionon August 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe I.V. and your hospital bed
    This was no accident
    This was a therapeutic chain of events

    Oh wait. It most definitely is.
    blank_distortionon August 19, 2005   Link

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