Unhappy girl
Left all alone
Playing solitaire
Playing warden to your soul
You are locked in a prison
Of your own device
And you can't believe
What it does to me
To see you
Crying
Unhappy girl
Tear your web away
Saw through all your bars
Melt your cell today
You are caught in a prison
Of your own device

Unhappy girl
Fly fast away
Don't miss your chance
To swim in mystery
You are dying in a prison
Of your own device


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    The girl can be unhappy for numerous reasons...it could be devise as a drugs, or just a bad habbit. I always tought that he sings:" You a god in a prison of your own devise", but I see here that is not a case. Too bad.

    Hyacinthon March 02, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    Makes me think of the "merriam-the-librarian" type. Jim wants to liberate her from her invisible, "prison of her own devise" with his potent sex magick.

    Z3dR00zon November 25, 2009   Link
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    I think this song is about a girl who has been left alone and because of this somehow she cannot be herself. She is "playing warden to her soul". It hurts Jim to see her in this state and so he's telling her to be herself, to "saw through all her bars". In the last verse I think he's telling her to take chances and live on the edge, because there's nothing more satisfying than to "swim in mystery"

    CptInflateon September 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
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    I think it's a great song. I am guessing it's about a lonely girl.

    blackled222on October 29, 2004   Link
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    General Comment

    I think it's a great song. I am guessing it's about a lonely girl.

    blackled222on October 29, 2004   Link
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    I feel like it's about this girl who he left, and he saw her cry and it made him sad but he had to leave her for him and for her, and now she's just trapping herself in misery.

    Laurz208on May 13, 2007   Link
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    This song is about a girl who invented a technology that could be used for surveillance, among other things, although this was not her intended purpose. She didn't get credit for it, but little did she know that some perverted psychopaths would use that technology to watch her 24/7 and control every aspect of her life. Not surprisingly, this made her life miserable. They claimed they did it to study the way her mind works, but really it was just because they're perverted psychopaths.

    epiwooshon June 11, 2018   Link
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    I think this song is about obiously a girl, but she is shy and she have create a imaginary prison to protect hersel from others, but she is met Jim and she is inacessible and folded on herself. But he is conviced her to "swin in mystery" so for me its probably have sex with him or explore new thing like LSD. Its my own personal thougts when i heard this song but i am not in his head so no one could be sure what this song is about.

    a112828256on July 26, 2021   Link
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    Now, the really sad thing here is that the lyrics contain an obvious usage mistake: "devise", a verb, (pronounced "dee-vize") meaning "to create" or "to invent" instead of "device", a noun, (pronounced "dee-VICE", as in "he have de vice of gamblin'") meaning something created to perform a specific purpose.

    "You are locked in a prison of your own device."

    And guess what: ain't no one here spotted this and they even proliferated the error by using the same incorrect term in their comments.

    And of course, the phrase "of one's own device" is in very common literary usage to make an ironic observation that one has been screwed by one's very own actions--a lot like the phrase "hoist with one's own petard".

    Ultimately, we are treated to the comic spectacle of folk working seriously to interpret a fairly literate lyric, and these same folk can't spot a simple spelling/usage error. I try to be as tolerant and democratic as the next man, but until you can spot this sort of error, you have not yet acquired the price of admission to participate in serious discussion.

    sawfish666on September 13, 2012   Link

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