"Flaming Telepaths" as written by Samuel Pearlman, Donald Roeser, Albert Bouchard and E Bloom....
Well I've opened up my veins too many times
And the poison's in my heart and in my mind
Poison's in my bloodstream, poison's in my pride
I'm after rebellion, I'll settle for lies

Is it any wonder that my mind's on fire
Imprisoned by the thoughts of what you do
Is it any wonder that the joke's an iron
And the jokes on you

Experiments that failed too many times
Transformations that were too hard to find
Poison's in my bloodstream, poison's in my pride
I'm after rebellion, I'll settle for lies

Yes I know the secrets of the iron and mind
They're trinity acts a mineral fire
Yes I know the secrets of the circuitry mind
It's a flaming wonder telepath

Well I've opened up my veins too many times
And the poison's in my heart and in my mind
Poison's in my bloodstream, poison's in my pride
I'm after rebellion, I'll settle for lies

Is it any wonder that my mind's on fire
Imprisoned by the thoughts of what you do
Is it any wonder that the joke's an iron
And the jokes on you

And the joke's on you


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"Flaming Telepaths" as written by Samuel Pearlman, Donald Roeser, Albert Bouchard, E Bloom

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    General Commentthe joke's on you
    vipergt196on January 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with BOCult's interpretation this song is amazing. Most people think Astronomy is their best song but this is my favorite. The way the synthesizer feeds into piano and then into the guitar solo is just a flat out perfect piece of music.
    SirRaustusBearon October 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commenta lot of this song makes me think of heroin use.
    opened up my veins too many times-shooting heroin into a vein.
    lots of references to a poison, drugs=poison, that's clear to see, haha.
    i'm after rebellion, i'll settle for lies-maybe something like, he was trying to rebell from something bu turning to drugs, but everything people told him about them were lies, but since he's hooked, he has to settle.
    experiments that failed too many times-referring to experimenting with drugs, and things just getting worse from there.
    BOCult1904on March 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSometimes I think of someone being driven to cut themself because of the way they were manipulated by someone else. Also does anyone think of Stephen King's Firestarter?
    SparkleNShineon March 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI see it as a combination of drug abuse, withdrawal, and self-mutilation. Considering BOC went through a dark phase around this song's release, it would make sense that they were trying to cram all of the darkest essences of the human condition into one song.
    JMuth561on April 07, 2010   Link
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    General Comment I've heard this song connected to heroin use...and that may well be, but I can't help thinking its tied to their fascination with vampires somehow. Being bitten on the neck could be "opened up my veins" and whatever makes it permanent could be the "poison in my heart, mind, blood stream, and pride"...they mention transforming in many songs, transforming into a vampire could be what was too hard to find, with failed experiments...and my minds on fire (panic sets in because you realize its too late) imprisoned over thoughts of what to do...my life's a joke now, and my jokes an iron, could be if I bite you, it will burn like an iron...and the joke's on you...anyway, its an excellent song...one of my favorites...
    polarbear555on August 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI heard somewhere that this song is about mind control experimentation by secret Nazi Doctors/Scientists in WW2. (Hence the whole secret treaties theme) I have also been told that Astronomy is the sequel to this song, and has also to do somehow with gaining some kind of knowledge due to mind control experiments. But I also agree with the drug use refferences as well. I think it may not be about one or the other, but sort of both. Two meanings intertwined in one string of thought. But I've ALSO heard (sorry for length) that Secret Treaties (the idea of, at least) is based on some actual fact. That there really were secret transactions between Allied and Axis leaders, like Germany, Italy, UK and USA. I'm not sure how much water this holds, but I think whoever wrote this knew about that possibility.
    HarvesterofEyeson December 06, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Flaming Telepaths" refers to experimental drug use (note: one article on BOC mentioned this song as being about a science fictional experimentation of drugs on humans, with disastrous side effects).
    Cumarison February 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI just love the way the synth bit just jumps out from nowhere and kicks you at 2:19. Perfect buildup to BOC's greatest ever song, Astronomy.

    And I agree - heroin use. Trinity = coke, needle, mind?
    chuckofalltradeson September 18, 2011   Link

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