"Far Side Of Crazy" as written by and Andrew Joseph Prieboy....
I'm Pilate and Jesus
And I wept when Lennon died
Yet I envied his assailant
When I visited the shrine
I cried for all those Beatle Fans
So old so quick they grow
I follow the example to destroy
What I love most

And I remain on the far side of crazy
I remain the mortal enemy of man
No hundred dollar cure will save me
Can't stay a boy in no man's land

I once hid my lust for stardom
Like a filthy magazine
I stroked the shaft on my guitar
And watched you on the screen
I've become now what I wanted
To be all along
A psychopathic poet
The Devil's bastard son

And I remain on the far side of crazy
I remain the mortal enemy of man
No hundred dollar cure will save me
Can't stay a boy in no man's land

I shot an actor for an actress
But he lived to make a joke
Shot two other men who could have been
The bodys of my folks
I stagger toward the future
I stagger day to day
Plot revenge inside of darkness
I am withering in pain

And I remain on the far side of crazy
I remain the mortal enemy of man
No hundred dollar cure will save me
Can't stay a boy in no man's land




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"Far Side of Crazy" as written by Andrew Joseph Prieboy

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    General CommentGreat song that appears to be about sociopaths - and possibly the duality of their nature. In the first verse the first-person character is both Pontius Pilate (who showed little apparent concern for Jesus, just like a sociopath) and Jesus himself. In this the suggestion seems to be that the sociopath sees himself as victim as well as perpetrator.

    In the second and third lines the singer claims to have cried when (John) Lennon was assassinated, but he also envied Lennon's killer. That's the shock twist in the song, right from the very beginning. The singer is not emotionally upset by the loss of Lennon so much as he is upset that he didn't have that opportunity to kill Lennon for himself.

    When he describes himself as "the mortal enemy of man", he speaks to our violent nature. We are our own natural predator. And sociopaths and psychopaths, by their random strikes and rogue nature are especially dangerous and terrifying. We don't know when they'll hit, or the victim.

    In the second verse he acknowledges knowing right from wrong, but is seduced by vanity, of being recognised in public for his crimes. When he strokes the shaft of his guitar, there's a metaphoric hint of psycho-sexual arousal from the violence he's picturing.

    There's a mention of "psychopathic poet", to explain how he sees himself somehow producing a poetic work when he kills. It seems to be common for killers to believe they're creating a work of art when they kill.

    In the third verse, he refers to (US president at the time) Ronald Reagan, a former actor, who was shot but not killed by a sniper who was trying to impress actress Jodie Foster.

    For the last two lines in the chorus ("No hundred dollar cure will save me" and "Can't stay a boy in no man's land"), the former is an observation that antidepressants won't treat or cure his learned sociopathy or his congenital psychopathy. The latter seems to be a self-visualisation of himself as worthless until he takes action - and kills someone for the first time.

    While the song reads almost like a homage to sociopaths and psychopaths, it's really taking a strong stance against remorseless killers like these. The language is very clear ("crazy", "devil's bastard son"), making it clear where the writer of the song stands.
    Bojianon June 02, 2016   Link

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