"Rabid Bits of Time" as written by and Chad Vangaalen....
You've been dead for years,
but you never knew.
And the rabid bits of time,
have been eating you.

No one knows where we go.
No one knows where we go
when we're dead or when we're dreaming.

And you've been dead for years,
but you never knew.
And the rabid bits of time,
have been eating you.

No one knows where we go.
No one knows where we go
when we're dead or when we're dreaming.




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    General CommentAlzheimers? No way....

    It's about the questions that we have no answers for.
    "when we're dead or when we're dreaming"
    think about that line alone. If we exist beyond just the physical and material aspects of this world then where does that leaves us when the physical part dies?
    Where are we mentally/spiritually when we dream?
    jonnyrebelon October 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto me the whole basis of the song is focused on a general way of being that human beings take on. The line "you've been dead for years, but you never knew," is an observation of a person who is going with the motions, who aren't really living. Sure physically, they are breathing, and eating, but their existence has become a repetitive routine, and those 'rabid bits of time' represent the regret that is the consequence of never actually living out everything you wanted to in the time you had, and that regret eats at you. What he seems to be saying is, there is no distinction between life and death when one is not truly living, and when one cannot accurately predict what happens when you die. You could have been dead the whole time you were living, you could have been dreaming, no body knows what it is, it could be right now...
    benjaminteddyon December 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't know, maybe it's about alzheimers? That's the first thing that comes to mind for me.
    A R T Oon October 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with jonnyrebel. When you put this song in the context of the rest of the album, you'll find that this song strikes at a perennial obsession of Chad's. He's one of those guys that really needs to know certain things that there's no way of knowing. For example, what the hell happens to our consciousness after our body dies? Chad plays with the uncertainty associated with this by including ghosts in a lot of his songs.
    philliposophyon December 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJonny I don't think it's right that you just completely dismiss ARTIO's interpretation.
    HappyNegroon September 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNobody thinks this song is about masjor depression desorder, because, for me it's exactly what he means by saying "You've been dead for years", I mean...it's exactly what somebody with depression feels...to be dead inside; also, I think it's about the questions that somebody does when thinking about suicide (sorry for my english, but I am a spanish talker).
    wickedxyon November 12, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Norman" led me here. :) I think this song is pretty straightforward right? Just the questions about whether afterlife really exists or not.
    mapleoak23on November 26, 2012   Link

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