"Surgical Focus" as written by and Robert E. Jr. Pollard....
With surgical focus
She stared at me and said
?I'm willing to reach out
Get in to your head?

And I will keep you and cleanse you
She glared at me and wept
A change is not going to hurt you
Not this time

And I've been waiting in line for this
Now that it's taken forever I insist
Until I get it I can't breathe
Climbing high upon the rocky cliffs she flies
With surgical focus, with surgical focus

With surgical focus
She stared at me and said
I'm willing to reach out
Get in to your head

And I will keep you and cleanse you
She glared at me and wept
A change is not going to hurt you
Not this time

And I've been waiting in line for this
Now that it's taken forever I insist
Until I get it I can't breathe
Climbing high upon the rocky cliffs she flies
With surgical focus, with surgical focus

Well, I've been waiting in line for this
Now that it's taken forever I insist
Until I get it I can't breathe
Climbing high upon the rocky cliffs she flies
With surgical focus, with surgical focus

With surgical focus
With surgical focus
With surgical focus
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"Surgical Focus" as written by Robert E. Jr. Pollard

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    General CommentThis song is about the healing process of a relationship that is translated into a metaphor involving surgery, cleansing, and waiting-lines.

    The guy is healed and soars high with 'surgical focus'. More specifically it is probably about a guy that has loved a girl for a long time but has trouble reaching out to commit himself to such a relationship, and so is helped, happily, by the girl. A distinctly under-rated song.
    sammy_mendelon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat happens when she "reaches out" to get into his head?

    What happens is "the change."

    There's a transcribing error here, which--however minor--causes significant meaning to be lost. It should read, "The change is not going to hurt you/Not this time."

    "A change is not going to hurt you" sounds as pedestrian as, "Maybe a change will do you good."

    But "the change" promises something more ominous.

    So much so, she weeps. Why? Because she knows it won't hurt the first time...but what about the next, and the one after that, and...?

    She requires deep uninterrupted thought (surgical focus) to get into his head, and thereby cause a change. Whatever that change is, the effect is so powerful, he's willing to wait in line "forever" to feel it again. "Until I get it, I can't breathe."

    (Like, "I'm waiting for my man...first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait...")

    This song is using science-fiction concepts about supernatural mental transformation as a metaphor: for addiction.
    foreverdroneon July 10, 2007   Link

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