"The Air-Conditioned Nightmare" as written by and Clinton Mckinnon Michael Patton....
Inside of me today A waste There is no one Only asteroids and empty space ...They're looking through the windows at me... Get me out of this air-conditioned nightmare Rots your brain just like a catchy tune You will hate life more than life hates you ...Burn all your mementos of me... Walkin' on air Up from the wheelchair I'll find the suicide That I deserve Walkin' on sand But it's so comfortable Forgotten where I am Here in the sun... I only see rainbows Now that the bandages are gone From the skyscrapers Through my window, there Down to the submarines Sanctuaries Birds and fairies Atop the rolling hills of hell These words are sledgehammers That pound the iron heart Of truth Of sin Vandalizing My wet dream is drying up... Bloody smiling Where's my rainbow? Where's my halo? There's my halo!






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"The Air-Conditioned Nightmare" as written by Clinton Mckinnon Michael Allen Patton

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  • +3
    General CommentRead the book, guys.
    Hugh Manateeon October 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenta disabled person finds freedom in his suicide.
    giuon June 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation
    Something about rehab in California maybe...

    Removing the bandages (like your cured)...and seeing only rainbows (good things) even though your still in Hell.

    These words are truth to shatter your sinful iron (hard) heart. And see it for what it is...get the hell out if you want to stop the cycle of emptiness and drug taking to fill the voids in your life.

    My 2 cents...the whole album could be a big fuck you ! to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers Californication album, the thing that's been happening between them...
    MysteryAvengeron August 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI get the feeling It's about old people and dementia and suicide.
    captaincumragon May 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay this might sound crazy, but the way I've always interpreted this song is based of a thing I read a while back that said it was essentially using a nursing home as a metaphor for hell, or at least just comparing the two...
    hockeygrl796on May 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is as cool as the title :D
    Calculator Joseon June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis seems to be about suicide. I read an analysis somewhere that described it as some sort of cycle. Like, at the beginning, he is overcome by emptiness and attempts to kill himself, is saved, taken to a mental hospital and recuperates, only to fall back into his "hell" as it were and eventually try it again, most likely succeeding, as noted in the eerily cheerful final three lines in the song.
    Hypothermic_Allergyon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdunno about it's meaning... but it reminds of a sentence that i see written on some walls here in Portugal "The air condicioner kills people" (in portuguese: "O ar condicionado mata as pessoas").

    and since Mike Patton is such a huge Portugal fan plus the fact of he singing "These words are sledgehammers Of truth" + "Here in the sun...", i like to think that he got the idea for this song walking around the path i do everytime to go to school.
    xikenon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is from the point of view of someone who has committed suicide.
    the lines in the beging, "inside of me today there is no one" is patton's way of saying that the actual person or soul of the person who has once lived in this body is now gone and only filled with "empty space."

    "there looking throught the windows at me" could mean that someone has found his body. i prepose it was a hanging from the lines "walking on air, up from the wheelchair, ill find the suicide, that i deserve." walking on air is his body spasming as he dies.

    now he looks over the world he has left from the hills of hell, and wishes for salvation, or wants a "halo"
    musicalbaconon July 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbacon, some nice ideas but maybe, walking on air is his soul walking up to heaven? makes a bit more sense to me than his body spasming :S
    gayrageon September 09, 2006   Link

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