Steal some sunscreen,
From the CVS.
Use too much,
And make a great big mess.
Wait where shadows mask or hide my scent.
So many so-called friends,
Working for the government.

Dig through the trash.
Sleep on the grates.
And watch for the cars,
With the counterfeit Florida plates.

Scribble cyphers on the library bathroom wall.
Map a path from here to home.
Can't quite catch em all.
Calculate magnetic north,
And turn the other way.
Wait for the coming disaster,
I could do this all day.

Dig through the trash.
Sleep on the grates.
And watch for the cars,
With the counterfeit Florida plates.

It seems like everyone's cut me free,
And left me to the tender cares of my faceless enemy.

Feel so hungry,
Probably pass out soon.
Look for a tree to lean up against,
Whistle a tune-less tune.
This may be the night my point-men finally come.
Wait for the fog to catch up with me,
So I can at least feel numb.

Dig through the trash.
Sleep on the grates.
And watch for the cars,
With the counterfeit Florida plates.
With the counterfeit Florida plates.
With the counterfeit Florida plates.




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    Song Meaning"I had a narrator in this song called 'Counterfeit Florida Plates' who was schizophrenic -- he was starting to see things and he had no place to sleep at night. ... The song is about a guy's turn into paranoia, so then I think, 'well, all my experience with that comes from when I was a psychiatric nurse -- so I know a lot of things people think and say when they're in their paranoid moments.' So then I started thinking, 'well, they're the persons who've often been out on the streets for a while, and seem pretty sick. He hasn't bathed in a while -- some of that is because maybe he’s afraid if he bathes something bad will happen to him.'"

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    embassyrowon November 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentPretty textbook description of paranoid schizophrenia, great song.
    jandersenon September 10, 2012   Link

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