Time is me and I should know
I knew this several months ago
I knew more than I do now
For I've been turned around somehow

Relax the world will spin beside itself and suck you in
With threats and hopes beyond compare

I change the landscape as I pass
Meandering from sand to glass
I suction there for one whole day
Until the feeling goes away

I don't need these orbits in my life
Revolve and cycle through
Don't keep coming back for more

I don't need this circular design
Wheel and spin away from me
You've been by here before

I've lost my mind
I've lost my way
I'm bound to lose
You wonder where I am

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    General Commentthis song states how time is altered and warped through your high.
    "Relax the world will spin beside itself and suck you in"
    ... just like the way you spin and flip while standing still on your feet...

    FRANKIE SAYS = w00t! w00t!
    myfriendmyfriendon April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFrankie Goes to Holywood was a progressive rock/new age band in the 1980s. Their hit single was titled "Relax". Many shirts were made during this time that read "Frankie Says...Relax", I believe you can find one being worn by a cook in the first few minutes of the film "The Wedding Singer".

    I believe the song "Relax" was an instructional piece on how to achieve coitus in the most enjoyable manner.
    bjengles3on March 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbjengles3... wong song bud. And I'm with you myfriendmyfriend, I've listened to this while I was high and I swore that Trey was a prophet or something haha.
    slow_cheetahon March 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the best Phish songs in my opinion.
    i love the word meandering haha :)
    Cosmic Jackieeon July 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about how when thinking about time and reality you can get caught up in a feeling where nothing seems real and life feels distant and meaningless. It is at these times that you must "relax", and know that the world will "suck you" back to the hustle and bustle of life with "threats and hopes beyond compare".

    When getting caught up in concepts such as time, people often fall into a loop where they feel that they know nothing. This is what the first verse is about -- "I knew more than I know now, for I've been turned around somehow". Before this feeling, everything seemed to make so much sense, but now he feels lost and lacks understanding.

    When consumed with this feeling of insignificance and complete awe of the vastness of time and space, a way to get caught up in the world again is to wait it out and try to become distracted again by what the world offers. This, I believe, is the meaning of the second stanza. He is simply meandering about, waiting for that feeling to go away and for his insignificant life to feel significant again.

    The third and fourth verses are about how these feelings cycle throughout ones life, even when one has already submitted to the power of the unknown. Weeks, months, or even years after getting rid of that feeling by falling back in to one's life (success, failures...hopes, threats), the feeling can come rushing back in an instant and smother you down to that overwhelming feeling of insignificance and helplessness. Again you fall back in to your life, and wish that these cycles "don't keep coming back for more".

    The last verse is a curt display of the helplessness that one feels when enveloped in these feelings. "I've lost my mind"...that is how it can feel when you are overwhelmed by feelings of despair and try to care about the mumbo jumbo that people are concerned with every day.

    Phish, while displaying this feeling for us all to reflect on, reminds us every chorus to remain optimistic. When you experience these sometimes fleeting and sometimes lingering feelings of utter insignificance, if you get caught in time loops, if you sometimes can't understand how people are so worried about menial things or if human problems seem distant and meaningless......just relax -- the world will spin beside itself and suck you in, with threats and hopes beyond compare. In other words, something will come your way and you will be sucked back in to the life that a moment ago you found so trivial. It will not be until the next cycle that you remember that feeling and wonder how you lived without thinking about it for so long.
    doctorspaceyon July 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentinstead ot "meeandering" is that not supposed to be the endering. As in the changing from sand to glass.
    phishheadon April 30, 2013   Link

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