"Cato as a Pun" as written by and Kevin Barnes....
Cato, play with my head
I won't know the difference
If we're living in the novelist
Or statistician

Cato, mess with my concepts
My inner vision
Like a strobing light
Please confuse my every decision

I can't even pretend that you are my friend
What has happened to you and I?
And don't say that I have changed
'Cause man, of course I have

Are you far too depressed
Now even to answer the phone?
I guess you just want to
Shave your head, have a drink and be left alone

Is that too much to ask?



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    General Commentwell this was actually the first song i ever heard off of HFAYTD? and i immediatly thought of Shakespears Julius Caesar. In JC, Cato was father of Portia the wife of Brutus, who in the end of the play kills herself from depression and lonliness. Portia killed herself by 'drinking fire' or swallowing hot coals so when the line; 'have a drink
    And be left alone' i referenced directly to that. I didnt even really like the play Julius Caesar, but i do love this song!
    yarn_glueon February 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that actually the singer is talking to himself, seeing himself depressed and as a different person than the one he used to be. He notices how much he has changed and he doesn't like to see how he is now.
    Plus it makes sense considering the fact that the (more or less) whole album is about breakup psychological breakdown...
    toadknickerson January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn concert last March, Bryan responded to the line about head-shaving with, "Is that too much for Britney Spears to ask?"
    bakedalaskaon April 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is brilliant

    and don't say that I have changed
    'cause man, of course I have

    (yes, i know this post was useless)
    thecatalyston September 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, this was early post. I haven't been able to hear the song until three days ago. It is my favorite song thus far on the new album. I think it is about a girl, calling her the great orator Cato, and talking like she is confusing him as Cato could, of course i could be completely wrong.
    richie345on December 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "statistician" not "statitition"

    "...depressed now to..."not "not to"
    PhantomsRevengeon December 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that it's just about two friends who have drifted apart. Our narrator thinks it's too late to fix what might have gone wrong.
    pumkinhedon December 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, I totally agree with pumpkinhed.

    Friends who no longer see eye-to-eye.
    lepidoptera3on January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Are you far too depressed now to even answer the phone?"

    is actually

    "Are you far too depressed now even to answer the phone?"

    What an amazing song. I am so excited for Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
    wordpollutionon January 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Are you far too depressed now to even answer the phone?"

    is actually

    "Are you far too depressed now even to answer the phone?"

    What an amazing song. I am so excited for Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
    wordpollutionon January 20, 2007   Link

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