I know a man
Who lives under his covers
Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Lost his mind from the tv
Now he's playing God
Somebody told him
That he was no good at
Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Talking out the left side
Of his mouth

And he won't follow
These lines he's drawn for him
And he don't want to try
If seeing is believing
Wonder what he sees here every night

Three little boys
Dress up in the morning
Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Come back home from the school yard
Talking about love
But on this occasion
The boys feel the same
Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Something's holding them back there
I bet it was their mom

And we both know
That people change
When truth's not part
Of their lives
I see the love in their eyes
Don't say goodbye
Goodbye

I know a man who wakes up
In the evening
Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Lost his mind from the tv
Now he's playing God
Somebody told him that
He's good for nothing
Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
Now he screen prints
American tee shirts
Through the night

If seeing is believing
Wonder what he sees here
If seeing is believing
Lord what he sees here
If seeing is believing
Lord what he sees here

If seeing is believing
Lord what he sees here
If seeing is believing
Lord knows what he sees here
If seeing is believing
Lord knows what he sees here

If seeing is believing
Lord knows what he sees here every night


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Murray Lyrics as written by Peter J. Yorn

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    Those Wilsons were a bizarre bunch. Word on the street is Murray pretty much freaked out his kids-- they were susceptible to all that crazy mental instablity, anyway, just like a lot of incredible smart people are (Take "A Beautiful Mind" for example).

    This song is excellent. Take this line: "If seeing is believing/lord knows what he sees here every night." 1) it's important because it's repeated, like, a jogillon times. 2) think about it! What hallucinations are they susceptible to? Have you ever met someone who just seems to invent everything about their lives, they are illogical and impossible to reason with? "People change when truth's not part of their lives."

    I never knew it was in context of the Wilsons, which may detract from the line in my opinion, but it's still incredible. In that case, what man lives under his covers? BRIAN WILSON. ding (did you guys check out his album "Smile?" do it. you can listen to it a thousand times and NEVER hear everything that's going on musically.)

    "Lost his mind from the TV." Again, another excellent line, whether it's in context with the Wilsons or not. The story is, that Brian Wilson saw preformance of Jimi Hendrix on the television, and Hendrix freaked out and yelled, "YOU'LL NEVER HEAR ANOTHER BEACH TUNE AGAIN!" Brian was working on Smile at the time (a LONG time ago), and he threw away all of the recordings he had done so far. As far as Murray having lost his mind from the TV, he pushed his kids to be perfect. This isn't like your regular, well-wishing dad. Nothing was ever good enough-- he beat on them, etc. To say that he was a "real asshole" is a huge understatement ("playing god?"). So he MADE them produce singles that were popular country-wide, so they were on Television and whatnot. He "lost his mind from the TV."

    Great song, Pete.

    Peace

    Greyshoeson February 12, 2005   Link
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    Well I am not sure exactly what this song means, but I think that with lyrics like, "And we both know, that people change when truth’s not part of their lives, I’ve seen the love in their eyes, don’t say goodbye….goodbye," it is obvious that Pete Yorn has some type of extraordinary clarity.

    hereon April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Apparently, this song is about about Brian Wilson's father, Murray, or so it says at peteyorn.com.

    daffyon April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    ahhh does it matter what its about? its a great song to just get up and do a little jig too.

    BlinkGrlNo182on June 11, 2002   Link
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    BlinkGrl, the whole songmeanings.net concept is to discuss the meanings of the songs (hence the title). hehe craziness...

    SummersKisson July 03, 2002   Link
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    It is about Murray Wilson (Brian, Carl, and Dennis' dad). He was the manager of the Beach Boys, and he was a real asshole.

    I really like the line about "Talkin' out of the left side of his mouth." That's pretty funny, because that's exactly what Brian Wilson does.

    Pilchardon September 27, 2002   Link
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    The line "come back from the school yard talkin' about Love" probably refers to their cousin and fellow bandmate Mike Love (who is now suing Brian Wilson over any number of Beach Boys-related issues), as they all grew up together in Hawthorne, California.

    NorthWriteron October 31, 2006   Link

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