My Mind is Cold, and I am Nobody Lyrics by Cannonball Statman
My Mind is Cold, and I am Nobody Lyrics
By Cannonball Statman
Take from Year of the Swimming Dogs Album
A patient on ward 13 South at May Rèves hospital center told me
that in the Fall of 2007, our world was taken hostage,
by an evil being from another dimension.
I nodded, and stared into his exposed stomach,
which quaked in fear of his dissociated mind.
Ward 13 South is an adult psychiatric unit; I was given pills
of various shapes and sizes, with the presumed intention of
adjusting the temperature of my mind to a state of maximum warmth.
When the pills proved ineffective, I turned in a 72 hour letter
to the director of the hospital. I was promptly discharged.
It was advised that I have no further contact
with anyone I'd met on the unit;
what happens on 13 South stays on 13 South!
Through their many failed attempts to adjust the temperature of my mind,
the doctors on ward 13 South proved themselves to be both weak and incompetent,
as human beings and medical professionals.
And though my mind remains a steady temperature of 12 degrees Farenheit,
far lower than that of the average American,
I was often noted for the warm presence I brought to the otherwise
cold and clinical environment of the unit.
In the hours leading up to my discharge, I borrowed a No.2 pencil
from the nurse's station;
and in an empty space, on the wall in the four-bedded room I'd called a home the past ten days, I wrote:
"I have reached the other side, and the grass is no greener
than from within the confines of your prison!
My mind is cold, and I am somebody!"
I am somebody.
Talked to the tourist lost on the bridge, and I told him he wasn't that lost.
Talked to the man who inherited the world, and I told him he wasn't that rich.
He tore up my portrait of Nurse Ratched, and I kicked him in his thigh,
and he screamed, and I laughed, like the wicked, wicked witch. Yeah!
Talked to the man who was trapped within the walls of a prison, hidden underground, said
"When your mind is cold, you are somebody."
When your mind is cold, you are somebody.
You can be everybody;
and I'd like to thank you for having me tonight,
and when your mind is cold, you'll thank me. Yeah!
Will you excuse me?! I'm just trying to find the bridge!
The Brooklyn Bridge! Where is that Brooklyn Bridge?!