"Hysteria" as written by Robert John Lange, Steve Clark, Philip Collen, Richard Savage, Joseph Elliott and Richard John Cyril Allen....
Tick-tock, sweat, switch up the fingers,
The silly integer's always on vacation
I didn't think it was a bad idea,
I just couldn't figure out how to make the phone work

That said, it was no different from the others,
Except that this is now and that was then and everything
Seems to repeat in a cyclical pattern,
I hum myself to misery and wish these words against my pillow

I will try not to lose control

Hysteria, hysteria, it's happening again.
I fall apart, I fall apart, I'm back where I began
If it were anybody else but you, I would not be afraid.
A total calamity, the choices I have made

Rip scripts, slash, burn up the courage,
That tiny, yellow cat- always on vacation
I wish I hadn't been so damn obscure,
I just try too hard for the perfect word score

Can't stand it, end up cursing out the covers,
A little chain and people restless like an effigy
Damn you, camera, lack of emotion,
I'll swing my blades at everyone,
Whack their heads and run for cover

Hysteria, hysteria, it's happening again.
I fall apart, I fall apart, I'm back where I began
If it were anybody else but you, I would not be afraid.
A total calamity, the choices I have made

Come help me figure it out,
Come help me get it right this time around
If you can figure it out,
Then you could help me loosen up, get me off the ground

Hysteria, hysteria, it's happening again
I fall apart, I fall apart, I'm back where I began
If it were anybody else but you, I would not be afraid
A total calamity, the choices I have made
A total calamity, the choices I have made
A total calamity, the choices I have made


Lyrics submitted by Kitkat152

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    General CommentThe synth almost sounds like Hysteria-Muse bassline too haha.

    Really great song, the lyrics are difficult to decipher at first glance, but the instrumentals are definitely catchy.
    SeanZiiion January 26, 2010   Link
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    General Commentjust to let you guys know, these are the official lyrics from the lyric book. okay? enjoy
    Kitkat152on January 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentDoes know else really wanna know what the hell "That tawny-yellow cat- always on vacation" is referring too?
    Because i do. someone help.

    Oh also, is the perfect word score a scrabble thing or what?

    I NEED TO KNOW.
    toastandbananason December 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentToastandbananas, is that even English?

    Anyhow, this song is about anxiety, a familiar theme in their lyrics. In particular, this one is about the anxiety associated with trying to call a girl.

    He cannot bring his fingers to dial the phone number. Integers on vacation refers to the numbers, and despite him knowing there is no logical reason for him to not go through with it, the anxiety is paralyzing. You can tell it's a girl "if it were anybody else but you, I would not be afraid" that is the one causing this hysteria.

    The tawny yellow cat refers to a lion, so he is alluding to to courage always being on vacation. Trying too hard for the perfect word score is trying to come up with what to say on the phone. When you get nervous, you try to plan out the conversation ahead of time, and it has to be perfect, but you just overthink it and never get anywhere.

    The panic drives him to drink "a little J&B". In the end, he wishes that she could initiate something, loosen him up, get him off the ground. Many times the way anxiety afflicts someone is not in a way that they cannot hold a conversation, but it's initiating a conversation. It's the most terrifying thing, but once you get into it, everything is fine and you can just relax.
    serveandvolleyon December 12, 2010   Link

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