"Asylum" as written by Roger Hodgson and Richard Davies....
Jimmy Cream was keen, his brain wal always winnin',
I can't keep tabs on mine, it's really quite a joke
I see him down the road, I ask if he'd be willing
To lend me 15p - I'm dying for a smoke
Don't arrange to have me sent to no asylum
I'm just as sane as anyone
It's a just a game I play for fun - for fun.
I told em - look! - I said I'm not the way you're thinkin,
Just when I'm down, I'll be a clown, I'll play the fool.
Please don't arrange to have me set to no asylum
It's just a game I play for fun - for fun.
Will he take a sailboat ride?
He is very likely to,
Will he feel good inside?
He ain't very likely to,
Will he tell you he's alive?
He is always trying to
But nothin', no nothin', does he say
In the morning when the day's begun
- 'Hello Good morning, how are you?'
And in the evening or the noonday sun
- 'What a lovely afternoon!'
Well I've been living next to you

Bluesy Monday is the one day that they come here,
When they haunt me and taunt me in my cage.
I mock them all, they're feelin' small, they got no answer
They're playin' dumb but I'm just lauging as they rage
Don't arrange to have me sent to no asylum
It's only a game I play for fun
I've been foolin' everyone - everyone.
Will he take a sailboat ride?
He is very likely to
Will he fool good insidie?
He ain't ever likely to
Will he tell you he's alive?
He is always tryin' to
But nothin', no nothin' does he vere say
In the morning when the day's begun
- 'Do you think it looks like rain'?
And in the evening or the noonday sun
- 'You know I nearly missed my train'
Well I've been living next to you my friend
But what kind of friend are you?
Is it the beginning or the sorry end?
Will I ever see it through?
I've never been insane
Oh what's the game?
I believe I'm dying
He's mad, mad, mad
Not quite right


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"Asylum" as written by Roger Hodgson Richard Davies

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    General CommentNote the cuckoo sound at the end referencing to the novel ( not the movie since it came out a year later ).
    Ex Abruptoon February 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmm, it seems to me he has a split personality. like when roger sings, maybe thats the voice in his head,... also:
    "Well I've been living next to you my friend"
    "no nothin' does he ever say"
    "But what kind of friend are you?"

    makes sence to me
    sdrawkcab88on April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the ending. "He's mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, ....NOT QUITE RIGHT!

    Haha, i've just noticed that 'Not quite right' is a contrast to 'Bloody Well Right's : "Right? Quite Right!"
    zephyr26on September 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the... when I submitted this song it got turned down.

    Anyway, great song, music reflects the atmosphere very well. lyrics very poignant.
    welshbard482on March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand why hasn't anyone commented yet?
    welshbard482on March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe character is going mad. It's difficult to say what brings on the state, but the previous song on the album gives some pretty strong clues.
    Stingfanon November 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMany of the elements of the song can be explained as references to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    "Will he take a sailboat ride?"

    The principle character takes the ward on a deep sea fishing trip in one part.
    Astounderon October 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWill he take a sailboat ride..... will he pop off and go crazy???

    He's gone "sailing", lol very imaginative lyrics.
    degree7on October 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's like I wrote this song too.
    pirate87on February 02, 2012   Link

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