I lay down every night
And I can't get no rest
'Cause it starts spinning in my brain
And then it's pounding in my chest
What if I've wasted all my youth?
What if I've wasted growing up?
What if I wasted my whole life?
Oh man, I feel like throwing up

It's an anxiety attack
An anxiety attack
I've got a bad case of the horrors
And at night it comes back

'Cause first I look back at my week
And then I look back at my year
And then I'm terrified to speak
And then I'm paralyzed with fear
And I'm tossing and I'm turning
And I'm going 'round the bend
And all I see are all my failings
Downward spirals without end
And I see horror in the future
And I see horror in the past
And it's 4am and 5am, 6am at last

'Cause what if I never feel grown up
And die in a car accident?
And what if I go crazy
And what if this time it's permanent?
And what if I go broke
And have to move back with my parents?
And then what if I get cancer
And I ain't got no insurance?

All my days are moving faster
And it's making me feel dizzy
How come I get nothing done
But always feel so busy?
And I used to feel so smart
You know, I used to feel so strong
But this just can't be how to live
I must be doing something wrong
Because everything I might do
Feels like something else I can't
And then another day is gone
And I just don't know where it went

I try not to hang out too much
Try not to watch too much television
But still everything I do
Just seems to be the wrong decision
And I lay down every night
But still I can't get no rest
'Cause it starts spinning in my brain
And then it's pounding in my chest

It's an anxiety attack
An anxiety attack
I've got a bad case of the horrors
And at night it comes back


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  • +2
    General Commentnever in my life, have i had a song speak my thoughts word for word this way. jeffrey lewis gets me.
    listentothison August 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me glad I'm British because at least I don't have to worry about not having insurance.
    MadameRayon May 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can relate.
    cemetarypartyon July 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo the point, that's for sure. I guess there's something to be said for anti-folk after all, it's not all "I want to ride bikes with you". Still plenty of that nonsense though.
    iattbyhon September 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentstory of my fucking life
    littlemisspluckyon May 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's strange how many people can relate to this song. I have a close friend that is just the epitome for these lyrics. I find it quite sad though too.
    sivasivasivon February 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis song is giving me anxiety...
    hannah1000on July 06, 2014   Link

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