"Haven't Slept In Years" as written by and Matthew Good....
Make me your animal
Make me your freak and I will pack them in
It's understandable
After all you're only human
All this time it's been killing me
All this time it's been caving in my head
Killing me
Alive, alive, alive
You're dead

Haven't slept in years
Haven't talked to anybody else

Make me your cannibal
Make me your product and I will make you rich
It's still fashionable, isn't it?
All this time it's been killing you
All this time it's been caving in your head
Killing you
Alive, alive, alive
You're dead


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"Haven't Slept in Years" as written by Matthew Good

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    General Commentno comments? what the nilly. allof matthew good [band] songs are amazing. i saw him on Monday and it was 'wow'
    xnerdxcorexon April 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's about John Merrick (the "Elephant Man"). Well, the first verse at least. Someone else can figure out the second one.
    avuncularon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou sure about that, man? Seems kind of specific to only make one verse outta.
    Jamfishon March 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like it's just about isolation judging by the chorus.
    Chuck Norris Zombieon March 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo. It's ALL about John Merrick. I don't have the source because i read it awhile ago, but Matt Good said it pretty directly. All the themes within it are just naturally linked to the guy's story.
    kittenchowmeinon April 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt really is inspired by John Merrick. I read the same thing. It's about how he wasn't even HUMAN to people. He was just a side-show freak. Something to be pointed at and laughed at, and then forgotten. Not as a person, but as a thing. People used him to boost sales, to make money, to start conversation. Forget that he had emotions. Forget that he had hope and expectations.

    The chorus is basically about his isolation. No one ever cared enough to get down on a personal level with him. "Haven't slept in years, haven't talked to anybody else."

    But Merrick was just the inspiration. This song is a tribute to people who have been mistreated and made to feel like they were less than everyone else. It was very generous of Matt to write it, when you think about it.
    ExplodingMooseon June 16, 2009   Link

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