I can tell by the way you take your infusion
you've spent some time in a mental institution
oh what a dream life would be if only...
they let you keep your etch-a-sketch

you laugh like a banshee gesticulate your delirium
they treat you like a corpse keep you full of candy lithium
what a dream life would seem if if you could see
the world from inside an etch-a-sketch

I can tell by the way you reach your conclusions
you're the director of a mental institution
oh what a dream life would be if only...
it hadn't been for Doctor B.

animate yourself an alternate reality
consummate a self-pleasing artificiality
you can have yourself a tea

I can tell by the way you take your infusion
you've spent some time in a mental institution
oh what a dream life would be if only...
they let you keep your etch-a-sketch


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  • +1
    General Commenti remember reading somewhere that it was about his autistic brother's experiences in a mental institution. I guess its pretty obvious, except for the part about his brother. anyways, awesome song.
    velvu124on February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAwesomely dark humored and derisive song. The instrumentals and echo effects after the second verse make it all the more atmospheric to what the lyrics describe; sounding like wails and moans bouncing off cold walls or the walls of one's skull for being kept in a place and full of thorazine or some other drug when it might not be necessary... wanting to escape, even if it can only be into your etch a sketch...

    'Dr B' seems to be Clifford Beers, who was institutionalized and at his horror to the terrible maltreatment of patients smuggled out letters to state officials, and then later once de-institutionalized and after having written an autobiographical account formed the "National Committee for Mental Hygiene". Hmm. Oh what a dream life would seem for the shoddy directors... if it hadn't been for that Dr. B. Indeed.
    ecphonehomeon March 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of how mental people can be amused by the smallest things, like an Etch-A-Sketch. I case you don't know (unlikely), Thorazine is med for schizos.

    *b.d* ooh sparkly!

    AAAAHHH!!! Bad ssss...sssoap!

    ...None of us are schizo here. :D
    myexplodingcaton August 03, 2010   Link

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