Back back back in the back of your mind
Are you learning an angry language
Tell me boy boy boy are you tending to your joy
Or are you just letting it vanquish
Back back back in the dark of your mind
Where the eyes of your demons are gleaming
Are you mad mad mad
About the life you never had
Even when you are dreaming

Who are these old old old people
In these nursing homes
Scowling away at nothing
Like big rag dolls just cursing at the walls
And pulling out all of their stuffing
Ever day is a door leading back to the core
Yes, old age will distill you
And if you're this this this full of bitterness now
Some day it will just fill you

When you sit right down in the middle of yourself
You're gonna want to have a comfortable chair
So renovate your soul before you get too old
'cause you're gonna be housebound there
When you're old you fold up like an envelope
And you mail yourself right inside
And there's nowhere to go
Except out real slow
Are you ready, boy, for that ride?

Your arrogance is gaining on you
And so is eternity
You better practice happiness
You better practice humility
You took the air, you took the time
You were fed and you were free
Now you'd better put some beauty back
While you got the energy
You'd better put some beauty back, boy
While you got the energy


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    This is a great song, I think she's basically saying if you're bitter and unhappy you need to stop complaining about it and do something to change it. Cuz if you're bitter when you're young it's just gonna get worse as you get older.

    RedLetterYearon November 16, 2008   Link
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    This is such a beautiful song; I love listening to it. Its comparable to "The Dark Side of the Moon." Well, actually, it much more intensively poignant and visionarily eternal than that: its perfect. It asks the important question: not, "are you happy now," but "will you be happy with yourself and what you've done when you are no longer capable to do anything more." The deep, dark, latent depths of one's thought rise slowly and come to light as the mind becomes weak and the body incapable, and will those thoughts haunt you? Will this selfishness distill you into a brooding old hag cursing at the wall, full of contempt for life and the time wasted when you didn't realize that the only action you will never regret is loving others - friends, family and community, and letting everyone know?

    vibe19on May 22, 2002   Link
  • -2
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    Clearly it means if you're fucked-up now you're fucked or maybe not. Silly song

    Argos090on September 18, 2008   Link

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