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"Testing...one, two, three. Well...well fuck, I mean; I just don't know what to say. I'm very glad to be here with you tonight, I'll be able to talk to you about some things...that I know a great deal about. Everyone knows that you are fucked up. And everyone knows that I am fucked up. But, does everyone know that you are more fucked up than me? Well, I know that. And you know that. But our purpose is to tell everyone that. Take for instance, the time you went to the bathroom, to take a shower. You had some soap, a towel, shampoo, washcloth, a brush, everything was set. But you had to call me to come turn on the water for you. You didn't know where or how. That is one instance of how fucked up you are. A second instance of how fucked up your are: You was going to cook you some breakfast. Well you went in there, and put some toast in the toaster, put a skillet on the stove, put some grease in it. You got you some eggs out, some bacon. Poured you some orange juice and some coffee. Got some jelly and some butter. Fried eggs, salt, pepper, got some bacon on the grill. Everything was fine - except for one thing. You had to call in there...to show you how to use a fork. Now a third instance; the way you're fucked up. You got dressed, ready to go to school. Everything was fine - got outside, got in your car. Key in the ignition. Except for one thing. You had to call me to come show you."


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  • +2
    General CommentI thought it was pretty straight forward, the title gives it away; I Was A Prisoner Inside Your Skull.

    Basically it's a conversation between the subconscious and the rest of the mind (perhaps multiple personalities because of the term 'everyone'), but directed at the dominant personality (something he knows a great deal about).

    It seems that the disturbed person tried to suppress this element of the mind (the 'fucked up' prisoner) only to find that this element was tethered to basic yet vital functions (turning on the water, using a fork etc).

    The 'prisoner' is stating that although he is 'fucked up' the person is more fucked up without him; he cannot function. The last part is left ambiguous, possibly to give us a hint of the nature of the prisoner and why he was suppressed in the first place. Naturally we'd think that he was going to say 'show you how to drive' but he also mentions going to school. The omission could indicate that the 'prisoner' has malicious intentions and that the person has to compromise his restraint in order to perform basic functions.

    Listen to it and it makes sense, there is too much detail for the conversation to be between two separate individuals.
    Maigeon June 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentQuite simply, the fact of how everything is just weird, and the sensation of realizing this is beyond any of it, almost weirdly spiritual. "Fucked up" contains the weird meaning of how resentful we can become in the face of weirdness. Anything can describe this weirdness, because it is anything and everything. God is (would be) weird. Life is weird. Meaning is weird. Me typing this on some thing called a computer is weird. You understanding the weirdness is weird. Here, just ask yourself, "why?" and you might get the weird idea.
    sonicskullon May 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHaven't seen this one posted yet.

    The majority of Soundtracks for the Blind's content was inspired by the death of Gira's father in 1990. Gira's father is the man talking about losing his eyesight on "How They Suffer".

    This song is about the helplessness one feels after losing a loved one. The "prisoner in your skull", showing you how to use the fork, how to turn on the water, etc. is the loved one that has passed away. You find yourself needing their help/guidance with the simplest things, things you once thought you knew how to do yourself. Very chilling song.
    Babkockon June 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery creepy. See my comments on "Minus Something."
    thunderperfectmindon February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDisturbing as hell, but quite amusing too.

    I like that line especially

    Everyone knows that you are fucked up. And everyone knows that I am fucked up. But, does everyone know that you are more fucked up than me? Well, I know that. And you know that. But our purpose is to tell everyone that.
    Alastison May 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonDoes the name/things he say not put anybody else in mind of schizophrenia/multiple personalities?
    moomooomoomooon May 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn second thought, with the background being something like church bells, and that he's telling the whole world about how fucked up they are, perhaps this suggests marriage? Quite the twist. I like this song.
    chessnut1134on October 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWasn't this a Surveillance tape done by jarboe's mother father who were in the FBI.
    This man is miked up I am sure I read this in a mag
    paulcanham1on July 21, 2015   Link
  • -3
    General CommentReplace "fucked up" with "in love", and I think makes a lot more sense. The way I see it, she made him breakfast, and I'll leave it to your imagination what the others mean. Perhaps she just wants to spend more time with her husband.

    I find it very romantic.
    chessnut1134on October 23, 2008   Link

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