Sometimes I try to do things, and it just doesn't work out the way I wanted to.
And I get real frustrated and like I try hard to do it.
I like take my time and it doesn't work out the way I wanted to.
It's like I concentrate on it real hard and it doesn't work out
And Everything I do and everything I try it never turns out.
It's like I need time to figure these things out.
There's always someone there going

Hey Buddy:
You know, we've been noticing you've been having a lot of problems lately.
You know, you need to maybe get away and like maybe you should talk about it,
you'll feel a lot better

I go:
No it's okay, you know I'll figure it out, just leave me alone I'll figure it out.
You know I'll just work it out myself.

And they go:
Well you know if you want to talk about it I'll be here you know and you'll
probably feel a lot better if you talk about it, so why don't you talk about it?

I go:
No. I don't want to talk about it. I'm okay, I'll figure it out myself but they just keep
bugging me and they just keep bugging me and it builds up inside.

So you're gonna be institutionalized
You'll come out brainwashed with bloodshot eyes
You won't have any say
They'll brainwash you until you see their way.

I'm not crazy - institutionalized
You're the one who's crazy - institutionalized
You're driving me crazy - institutionalized

They stuck me in an institution
Said it was the only solution
to give me the needed professional help
to protect me from the enemy, myself

I was in my room and I was like just sitting there staring at the wall thinking about
everything but then again I was thinking about nothing
And my mom came in and I didn't even realize she was there and she calls my
name but I didn't even hear it, and she started screaming BUDDY! BUDDY!
And I go:
What, what's the matter?
And she goes:
What's the matter with you?
I go:
There's nothing-wrong Mom.
And she goes:
Don't tell me that, you're on drugs!
I go:
Mom I'm not on drugs I'm okay, I was just thinking you know, why don't
you get me a pepsi?
And she goes:
NO you're on drugs!
I go:
Mom I'm okay, I'm just thinking.
She goes:
No you're not thinking, you're on drugs! Normal people don't act that way!
I go:
Mom just give me a Pepsi please
All I want is a Pepsi, and she wouldn't give it to me
All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi, and she wouldn't give it to me.
Just a Pepsi.

They give you a white shirt with long sleeves
Tied around you're back, you're treated like thieves
Drug you up because they're lazy
It's too much work to help a crazy

I'm not crazy - institutionalized
You're the one who's crazy - institutionalized
You're driving me crazy - institutionalized

They stuck me in an institution
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help
To protect me from the enemy, myself

I was sitting in my room and my mom and my dad came in and they pulled up
a chair and they sat down, they go:
Buddy, we need to talk to you
And I go:
Okay what's the matter?
They go:
Me and your mom we've been noticing lately that you've been having a lot of
problems, you've been going off for no reason and we're afraid you're gonna
hurt somebody, we're afraid you're gonna hurt yourself.
So we decided that it would be in your best interest if we put you somewhere
where you could get the help that you need.
And I go:
Wait, what are you talking about, we decided!? My best
interest?! How do you know what MY best interest is? How can you say what
MY best interest is? What are you trying to say, I'M crazy? When I went to
YOUR schools, when I went to YOUR churches, when I went to YOUR institutional learning
facilities?! How can you say I'm crazy?

They say they're gonna fix my brain
Alleviate my suffering and my pain
But by the time they fix my head
Mentally I'll be dead

I'm not crazy - institutionalized
You're the one who's crazy - institutionalized
You're driving me crazy - institutionalized

They stuck me in an institution
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help
To protect me from the enemy, myself

Doesn't matter. I'll probably get hit by a car anyway.


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Institutionalized (Suicidal Tendencies cover) song meanings
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  • +2
    General Commentemerica? Quit being a faggot? Ok.. that's about as intelligent as saying.... QUIT BEING STRAIGHT.
    Piss Offon April 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyah just got the song now

    i cant remember if it's better than the original but it's a good thing that this band unearthed it again because it's a really good song, and the humour is pitch-perfect. not enough bands these days use humour the right way, like this, and say something important. this is ACTUALLY the problem with psychology, it'll trap you into defined ways of reflecting and it makes people (eg the mum) see things that aren't there.

    but yeah you should listen to the suicidal tendencies version yo!
    freeter mcbeanon December 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwho the hell is buddy? ITS MIKE!!!!! covers kill me. with every bad cover, a little part of me dies inside.
    SPiffy_cheeseon January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great, anyone know who wrotei it? I'm too lazy to find out...I want the original though.
    Anti-Heroon December 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was originally wrote by Suicidal Tendencies, and these guys basically just covered it.
    Rancid_Punkon December 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt can be found on the Tony Hawk's American Wasteland compilation/soundtrack.
    marquiceriseon December 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my anthem
    time2panicon December 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentARE YOU KIDDING ME?
    This is a terrible cover. I can't BELIEVE they even dared to play a fucking suicidal tendencies song.
    Piss Offon December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the last post. This song is pretty terrible. Sounds like a stream of consiousness that is way too screamo for my tastes.
    Their last album was AMAZING though!!
    Smartripon January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas good as the suicidal tendencies original was, i like buddy better than mike even if he changes a few things about the song.
    A7XWakingTheFallenon January 12, 2006   Link

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