"Institutionalized" as written by and Mayorga Muir....
Sometimes I try to do things and it just doesn't work out the way I wanted too
And I get real frustrated, and its like
And I try hard to do it and take my time
And it just doesn't work out the way I want it too
It's like I concentrate on it real hard but it just 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
But there's always someone there going

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

And 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 on 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 want don't you talk about it

And I go: No I don't want to, I'm okay, I'll figure it out myself
And 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 - institution
You're the one who's crazy - institution
You're driving me crazy - institution
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 just like staring at the wall thinking about everything
But then again I was thinking about nothing
And then my mom came in and I didn't even know she was there she called my name
And I didn't even hear it, and then she started screaming: MIKE! MIKE!
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!
And I go: No 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 - institution
You're the one who's crazy - institution
You're driving me crazy - institution
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:
Mike, we need to talk to you
And I go: Okay what's the matter
They go:
Me and your mom have 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 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's 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, I went to your churches,
I went to your institutional learning facilities?! So 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 - institution
You're the one who's crazy - institution
You're driving me crazy - institution
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

It doesn't matter, I'll probably get hit by a car anyway


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"Institutionalized" as written by Mayorga Muir

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  • +8
    General CommentI loved the part at the end "i went to your schools, i went to your churches", like all their things shaped him and now they're calling him crazy. And i don't think the 'get hit by a car part' means he's going to kill himself, i just think he's sort of joking like after all their efforts somethig will probably happen to him anyways.
    c_o_c_oon November 19, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentalso maybe it has to do with how quick people are to say that theres something wrong with other people when there really isnt
    marksasianfriendon May 23, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbein a teenager aint always easy..
    fiascodagamaon February 28, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentKris! At The Disco.
    how can you say crazy people deserve to die?
    who would decide who was crazy and deserved to die?
    and have you ever thought about the fact that totally sane people do even worse things than what you say that crazy dude did to you?
    so do you kill everyone?
    because both sane and crazy people can do messed up stuff.
    anyway, just try and examine your opinion and rethink it and stuff.
    Jessi_Faceon May 17, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJUST ONE PEPSI!

    ahem....

    I'm torn between whose side I want to be on.

    The quote "I was like staring at the walls thinking about everything, but then again I was thinking about nothing" hints that he may, indeed, be stoned. And then he blows up over a pepsi, to distract from the situation at hand. Later, he points out to his parents, "I went to YOUR schools, I went to YOUR churches, I went to YOUR institutional learning facilities. So how can you say I'M crazy?" As if, it's not his fault he turned out the way he did, and his parents are being hypocritical.

    Yet, he sheds the most insight during the parts that are hardly audible - the ones right before the choruses (best parts):

    "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"

    "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"

    "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"

    This shows that he is capable of thinking for himself. He is determinded that he just an individual. To lock him up in an institution would rob him of his uniqueness and way of thinking.

    Is he crazy? Others may think so, but in his head, he's not.
    river135on March 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe meaning of this is pretty clear. It's about this guy who everyone thinks is crazy but he just has is own way of doing things. I guess one subplot could be about being a nonconformist.
    This song reminds me of my brother... This song defiantly fits him.
    I like original much better than the new Senses Fail one, you can't fuck with the original.
    .pull.the.trigger.on July 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about his parents thinking he is crazy and on drugs... and they think hes going to kill himself. so they wanna put him in an instutition so hes going to kill himself anyway by getting hit by a car....or something
    jack_whittenon August 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI JUST WANTED A PEPSI
    E-Doubleon August 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis has got to be the best suicidal tendencies song ever. period. it's funny, it's sadistic (sort of), and, musically, it's some hard shit. I especially like how the music builds up at the end of each of the verses, as if mike's anger is just continually building; then when it hits the chorus, it just lets loose...then calms back down until the end of that verse.

    the part about him getting hit by a car isn't about suicide, as c_o_c_o pointed out. I think it's just a typical "woe-is-me" statement, after giving up on trying to convince the people that he's not crazy.
    The_St._Jimmyon January 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I didn't like it.
    Then I realized how funny it was,
    Then how true it was.

    And now it's reality, this shit just happened to my friend.
    The same fucking thing, and he's stuck there till his 18th birthday.

    This is a great song, to me it's kind of a punk anthem.
    "I went to YOUR SCHOOLS. I went to YOUR CHURCHES. I went to YOUR INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING FACILITIES. So how can you say I'm crazy?"
    luckybeckyon March 23, 2007   Link

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