"Sick" as written by and John Donoghue Heather Marlatt....
I've been living for years in question, some obsession
Was I less to live with no answers, as a life cried wolf
I'm ashamed to mention my anguish, but silence lies empty
If I say it again can I kill it, will you lend me your ears
Breathe in breathe out exhale, acting sweating
A broken smile provides them a view, projection is nothing new
Just once I would like them to feel it, suffer in my skin
For a moment stand in my shoes, filled with swelling blues

I keep this room, and this room keeps me, chained to my organs
I am quarantined, to a place that's dark, staring at three walls
The door is locked to them

Maybe now that they all know it, you'll find solace
As you're drowning in narcissism, or is it self-loathing
Cause you fought it all in your head boy, psychosomatic
They used to humor you now they pity you, and nothing's changed


The door is locked behind me, if I say it again can I kill it
Because they're sick of my complaining and i am sick of being sick
Maybe these will cure you completely, chemicals deeply
Saviors until you're dependent, don't let them go to your head
I'm ashamed to mention my anguish, but silence lies empty, silence lies

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"Sick" as written by John Donoghue Heather Marlatt

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song by lagwagon as far as lyrics go. Genius.
    dodgerbolt25on January 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing lyrics
    best line-"they're sick of my complaining and i am sick of being sick" "maybe these will cure you completely chemicals deeply saviors until you're dependent don't let them go to your head" "i'm ashamed to mention my anguish but silence lies empty" "silence lies"
    know it allon April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think he is in a hospital and wants to get out, but he is too sick to go. And he is sick of having to stay in this dark room spending his time staring at the three walls he is able to see...
    desensitizedon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhats "silence lies empty" mean?
    i don't think its about drugs really, there's a little bit about medication at the end "maybe these will cure you completely chemicals deeply saviors until you're dependent don't let them go to your head"
    anyways this song is sweet
    BurnThatBridgeon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe could be talking about prozac, which replaces seretotin in the brain, which they 'think' is the cause of depression... to me it looks like staying in your room because you're lonely, bored and depressed, but you're putting an act on. That's just my view... I'm probably wrong, I'd love to know the full meaning of the song though...
    da77ynon September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thinks thats a song about a man who was interned because he's psychotic. I love this song
    lostedon March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's depressed. he's sick of feeling that way and having to explain it. people used to humor him, but now they pity him because he has been diagnosed.
    thegagezon March 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song plays on a lot of catch-22's that you experience when your depressed to make the point that depression is something you can think your way out of but a general conflicted constant state of mind.
    andronoidon February 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think it's about inability to find a connection with people to the point that it leads to a psychiatric treatment. He's got a problem, he can't resolve it completely on his own, but when he tries talking about it, people's reaction does not help. He thinks he cannot find empathy by talking his problem out, because people don't have his experiences. Maybe he's just framing his problem all wrong (just complaining) and the society is not able or feels responsible to help him out. They just laugh at him, and then pity him. He feels isolated. He knows there's a problem with him, and that makes him feel even worse. But still, silence resolves nothing. Silence is used as surrogate for lying, postponing. It's about selfdeepening angst.
    rigon June 22, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentis this about drugs???
    disturbedchildon May 19, 2002   Link

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