When the world has gone mad
And there's nowhere to roam
The lights are all on
But nobody's home
There comes a time
When you look up to the sky
And ask, "Why do my favorite songs
Always make me cry?
And am I losing

My sanity, my sanity?"
I've nothing to lose
So please let me be
I've got a firm grip
And strong roots like a tree
Burrowed deep in reality
I won't let you go
What else can there be?
You're all I have

When you swore to be true
Our bed was belief
But alternative facts
Snuck in like a thief
There comes a time
To release the cord of self
And with confidence declare your state of
Perfect mental health
Never doubting

My sanity
My sanity
Nothing to lose
So please let me be
My life is a song
A short melody
Harmonizing with reality
I've got it real bad
There's no remedy
You're all I have
My dear sanity

Sometimes there's no sane reason
For optimism

Oh, my sanity
My sanity
I've nothing to lose
So please let me be
My life is a song
A short melody
Harmonizing with reality
I've got it real bad
There's no remedy
My world picture is exemplary
I won't let you go
What else can there be?
You're all I have
My dear sanity


Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by harrison3000

My Sanity Lyrics as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is saying that in the fast-paced out of control world we live in today it is very difficult to maintain your sanity, and just staying sane is as stressful and difficult as a full time job.
    Madcappunkon March 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song speaks to anyone who suffers from Philosophical Insanity from time to time. When the Universegod pays your logic and perception a visit, punishing you for daring to drop your daily delusions.
    Consciousnesson January 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou all i mean not the band
    A .Don December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbad religion rules. hah hah ha. well im outie..bye
    i_failed_preschoolon December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about maintaining your sanity even while everything else about you is crazy and how hard it is. I love this song. Awesome visuals
    TaytorToton February 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVisuals??, so there IS a video of this song.
    TheSamePersonon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's saying [eg: at the start] that you will always question something, you will always get confused. Then it goes on to say do you believe in sanity? what is sanity? I'm guessing an insane person is defined as someone who doesn't know wrong from right. Like I said before, you always get moments wondering, so that means we have moments of "insanity". You have to keep working, to not be confused.
    DJgifon May 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he is talking about his attempt to find truth. The more he digs for it, the more he questions it, until he is unsure of what the truth really is. Also I think he his conceives of sanity as having an understanding of the truth, which to him is an idealistic goal that he feels he cannot realistically attain.

    Thoughts?
    chikenleggon August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think we have to work hard on ourselves to be sane, it's hard to understand what's going on around us.
    confusion and depression are part of the process when you are looking for your own path
    thebagronon July 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThat first/second line is a nice metaphor for someone who is going insane. The face is blank but the gears are turning. The watch, like the person isn't showing you what's going on!

    Sanity is a full time job in a world that is always changing - I guess that means the person has to work at being normal. And they can't rely on the shifting mess of the outside world, and (implied) they must work from within.

    The shadow on the wall where the paint is peeling isn't as obvious to me and I want to say it's just prose, invoking solitude. Things you notice when you've got nothing else to do.
    leemodon February 01, 2013   Link

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