"Institution Green" as written by Suzanne Vega and Anton Sanko....
Institution green
The walls are cracked and dim
And we are standing in a line
Waiting for our faces to be seen

Institution green
Watch the floor and cound the hours
None will meet my eyes
Private people in this public place

I wonder if they'll take a look
Find my name inside that book
Lose me on the printed page
Where to point the aimless rage

I cast my vote upon this earth
Take my place for what it's worth
Hunger for a pair of eyes
To notice and to regognize

Institution green
A woman stands behind a table
She will call my name
After that I'll be admitted in

I wonder if she'll take a look
Find my name inside that book
Lose me on the printed page
Where to point the aimless rage

I cast my vote upon this earth
Take my place for what it's worth
Hunger for a pair of eyes
To notice and to regognize

Institution green
Teach me how to pull the lever
Push the curtain closed
Take what's needed then just
Let me go


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"Institution Green" as written by Suzanne Vega Anton Sanko

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    General CommentI think this song is about abortion.
    mila77on April 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's not specifically about abortion, just about the alienation we can experience in such a situation -- rather than anything human, you're just processed through.
    maxwellsmarton January 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbortion - I never thought of that but maybe.

    I thought the song was literally about voting. It is about the alienation we feel when we go along to have "our say" about how society should be run. It is a lonely task, difficult because we never know the truth about what's happening anyway....

    Actually I think abortion makes more sense -"cast my vote" is a reference to having a "choice" and wondering how much value there is in the choice - yeah actually I think you're rights mila.
    1Berna1on August 04, 2006   Link

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