Institutionalized Lyrics - Suicidal Tendencies



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Sometimes I try to do things but it just doesn't work out the way I want it to, and I get real frustrated and then like I try hard to do it, and I like, take my time but it just doesn't work out the way I want it to. It's like, I concentrate on it real hard, but it just doesn't work out. And everything I do and everything I try, it never turns out. It's like, I need time to figure these things out, but there's always someone there going “hey mike, you know we've been noticing you've been having a lot of problems lately, you know? You need to maybe get away. And like, maybe you should talk about it, you'll feel a lot better.” And I'm all like “oh, nah, it's ok, you know. I'll figure it out. Just leave me alone, I'll figure it out, you know? I'm just working on it by myself.” And they go “well, you know, if you wanna talk about it, I'll be here, you know? And you'll probably feel a lot better if you talk about it. So why don't you talk about it?” I go “no, I don't want to! I'm ok. I'll figure it out myself!” But they just keep bugging me, they just keep bugging me, and it builds up inside.

So you're gonna be institutionalized.
You'll come out brainwashed with bloodshot eyes.
You won't have anything to say.
They'll brainwash you until you see their way.

I'm not crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!
You're the one that's crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!
You're driving me crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!

They stuck me in an institution,
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help to protect me from the enemy, myself.

I was in my room and I was just like staring at the wall thinking about everything, but then again I was thinking about nothing. And then my mom came in, and I didn't even know she was there. She called my name and I didn't hear her and then she started screaming “Mike, Mike!” And I go “what? What's the matter?” She goes “what's the matter with you?” I go “there's nothing wrong, mom.” Shes all “don't tell me that! You're on drugs!” I go “no mom, I'm not on drugs. I'm ok, I'm just thinking, you know? Why don't you get me a Pepsi?” She goes “No! You're on drugs!” I go “mom, I'm ok. I'm just thinking.” She goes “No! You're not thinking, you're on drugs! Normal people don't be acting that way!” I go “mom, just get me a Pepsi! Please, all I want is a Pepsi!” And she wouldn't give it to me! All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi, and she wouldn't give it to me! Just a Pepsi!

They give you a white shirt with long sleeves!
Tied around your back, you're treated like thieves!
Drug you up because they're lazy!
It's too much work to help a crazy!

I'm not crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!
You're the one who's crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!
You're driving me crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!

They stuck me in an institution,
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help, to protect me from the enemy, myself.

I'm sitting in my room, when my mom and my dad came in. they pulled up a chair and they sat down. They go “mike, we need to talk to you.” And I go “ok, what's the matter?” They go “me and your mom, we've noticed that lately you've been having a lot of problems, and you've been going off for no reason, and we're afraid you're going to hurt somebody, and we're afraid you're going to hurt yourself. So we decided that it would be in your best interest if we put you somewhere where you could get the help that you need.” And I go “wait, what are you talking about, WE decided? MY best interests? How do you know what MY best interest is? How can you say what MY best interest is? What are you trying to say? I'M crazy? When I went to YOUR schools, I went to YOUR churches, I went to YOUR institutional learning facilities? So how can you say I'M crazy?”

They say they're gonna fix my brain.
Alleviate my suffering and my pain.
But by the time they fix my head,
Mentally I'll be dead.

I'm not crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!
You're the one who's crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!
You're driving me crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!

They stuck me in an institution,
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help, to protect me from the enemy, myself.

Doesn't matter, I'll probably get hit by a car anyways.




Writer: MUIR, MAYORGA
Lyrics © BUG MUSIC



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Brilliant! | Reviewer: Erika | 7/20/13

I just saw a meme for this song, so I was reminded of it. The lyrics are very well written for the target audience. When he uses "like" a lot while he's describing his story, it really shows his anxiety and frustration. Brilliantly done! To the average listener of mainstream music today, this song would probably seem ridiculous, but that's because this was not written for your generation. This day and age, everyone is institutionalized! Not necessarily within the confines of brick walls, but through the vast amounts of medication being pumped through the youth , because whyyy? They all have been labeled ADHD or Autistic, or depressed!! I'm not saying those disabilities and disorders don't exist, but they are undoubtedly overly misdiagnosed. They're brainwashed into thinking there is something wrong with them, put on meds and stripped of their purest form of imagination. I've seen it again and again!

I think my favorite part it when he's describing how he is sitting in his room just thinking, or zoning out, and his mom comes in and freaks out because he didn't hear her. He was accused of being on drugs. The whole time he'd been trying to tell people he just wants to figure things out on his own! I've been there, done that. Not just when I was a teen, but even as an adult. Well done.

so much truth | Reviewer: Ophelia | 11/10/12

i'm 47... spent ten years working in the mental health industry and saw it from the inside out... have spent 40+ years with my own mental health deteriorating... this song speaks to the heart of what's wrong with mental health care today, with the enculturation that results in pre-defined insanity, the blame game, and the real horror of institutionalization and being imprisoned "for your own good." I've been asked to wield the club and I have refused and lost my job. I have met and worked with great therapists but the health care system itself is a monster treadmill that punishes self-respect and individuality and everything it pretends to support. Too often i see staff members whose personal agendas and counter-transference translates into abusing people imprisoned in their systems. It's a catch-22 because if you really do need help it's so hard to really get it. And people end up self-destructing rather than letting someone else destroy them as soulful individuals. I love this song.

Where does he get all that energy? | Reviewer: pandabearjohnson | 7/31/12

I just re-discovered this song after about 22 years (and for that matter the entire Repo Man soundtrack). I loved this song when I was in my late teens and early 20s. I've always loved the energy he brings to the song. I wonder if the artist was truly that angry or if he could just turn it on for a stage performance.

For me its a song about parents inability to connect with their children and how that disconnect can really harm people over time. Now that I'm middle aged and a dad I think its also about how Americans put such a huge emphasis on individuality that individuals can weaken the family unit. Children (even 15 - 18 y.o. children) can be too far from their family when they need help. Then the family tries a drastic measure (institution) to solve the "problem" (disconnected people).

It's ambiguous. | Reviewer: JD | 6/27/12

Well, just giving my personal review on what the song means to me.
I've been institutionalized twice in my life, first time was for drug rehab (I checked myself in), second time was at a psyche ward (tricked into going by a caring friend, but I needed to be there, even though I really didn't want to go. Also was completely sober for a few months at the time).
I do relate to the song, but I disagree a bit with Mike on some level. I guess you could say I'm more "structured" today, rather than the old "I hate everything and everyone and you're all wrong except for me" punk rocker anymore.
Now don't get me wrong, I still love punk rock and still listen to all the stuff I used to listen to, you can call me a sell-out or a system's victim or what have you, but now I have a job, make car payments, pay taxes, etc., and I don't complain much about it, that's just part of life.
Back to the song, I've felt the same way as Mike a hundred times in my past, and this song will always remind me of where I was, and we all need to be reminded of where we came from every once in a while.
People naturally need some sort of institute, we crave it. Think of it this way, like-minded people come together in some way, whether it's at church or a punk rock show, or even a psyche ward. So I don't really have any beef with any institution.
I could over-analyze the lyrics and try to tell you what it means, but I just figured writing what it means to me would be a better option.

PMc I hear ya | Reviewer: Serious | 6/5/12

I'm 42 now and just yesterday while listening to my Black Flag Pandora station this song popped up. I almost had to stop mowing and start thrashing in my back yard hahahha. This song along with the Violent Femmes 'Blister in the Sun pretty much embodied all teen angst in the 1980's which was a transition from turbulence of the 60's into the political corruption and alienation of the 70's. Most of us who listened to this stuff back then were very politically aware and could easily identify with the disconnect that ultimately is known as generation X.

And yeah I knew a few kids who were swept right away by there parents and sent off to an institution. It was fucked up.

Wow. Silly sheep. | Reviewer: Anon | 3/26/12

If you're here actually looking for a review for this song, try to avoid the idiots that think this has no meaning. I mostly give props to PMc, MAN, Adam, clavdivs, Bregget, matt, and Betty...
Other than them, just about every other "reviewer" is just as institutionalized as Mike Muir felt when he wrote this song.

Idiots.

loved this song when I was a teenager.... | Reviewer: PMc | 3/6/12

growing up in the 80s I got into punk and used to love this song b/c it represented the feelings of developing independence as a teen yet being trapped in a world run by mom and dad....

somewhere along the line I forgot about this song (so much for a song damaging one's life); now thanks to steve jobs I can listen to it on my personal device while working out.

yes I smoked dope and drank as a teen; but now I'm an almost 40-year old adult with a good job and a great family. its only a freaking song; identify with it--great, life gets better as you get older and mature. don't identify with it--great, keep listening to bubble gum pop and let the media tell you what to think

NO Meaning?!?!?!?! | Reviewer: MAN | 11/11/11

Im sure there is a meaning, its right there all you have to do is think, just look at these lyrics, some people jus cant see past the sounds and actually understand a song

So we decided that it would be in your best interest if we put you somewhere where you could get the help that you need.” And I go “wait, what are you talking about, WE decided? MY best interests? How do you know what MY best interest is? How can you say what MY best interest is? What are you trying to say? I'M crazy? When I went to YOUR schools, I went to YOUR churches, I went to YOUR institutional learning facilities? So how can you say I'M crazy?”

So you're gonna be institutionalized.
You'll come out brainwashed with bloodshot eyes.
You won't have anything to say.
They'll brainwash you until you see their way.

I'm not crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!
You're the one that's crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!
You're driving me crazy - IN AN INSTITUTION!!!

They stuck me in an institution,
Said it was the only solution
To give me the needed professional help to protect me from the enemy, myself


LAME ASS FUCKING SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: billy joel | 8/26/11

IM DEPRESSED LOOKING FOR HELP AND HERE THIS BAND TAKES UP THE GAY USELESS LISTINGS!!! WHAT A FUCKING CROCK!!!! I CANT WAIT UNTILL THEY GET SUED FOR BLOCKING THE HELP TO OTHERS LIKE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO GOOD COCK FUCKIN SUCKARS

Gahh... | Reviewer: Adam | 8/14/11

@Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/26/11

Your review sucks. For everyone who agrees with it, there are plenty of dumbasses that don't understand different forms of expression... I think your heart's gonna explode when I fucking stab you multiple times...

this is a song about things that happened | Reviewer: clavdivs | 6/7/11

In the 1980s there were a lot of kids that were "institutionalized" for petty things like talking back, listening to punk rock, drawing pentagrams, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and the like. Some parents believed, or were led to believe, that these were indications of Satan-worship or incipient criminality.
I knew some of these kids. I grew up in a town where one of the major employers was an institution that saw this sort of traffic.
Some of these kids were forcibly kidnaped from their own homes, denied contact with their relatives (including parents), forced to wear uniforms and sometimes locked in cells or physically abused. Almost all the ones I've spoken with were verbally abused by God-addled therapists who blamed them for putative damage to their parents for being "godless" or "satan's tools".
If you google "Back in Control Centers" you might find some interesting stories that relate to this. BICC was just one of the many organizations responsible for this sort of institutionalized child abuse.

That's what it is: institutionalized abuse of children. What are you going to do about it?

Annoyed reader | Reviewer: Bregget | 6/7/11

When did songs start needing to be reviewed? Honestly, even if every other person in the world hates this song it will not stop me from listening to it. It is thrash, if you do not like thrash then don't listen to it. It's pretty simple people, if you don't like a song then DON'T FUCKING LISTEN TO IT. The only people who are going on to sites like this to make thoughtful comments are just trolls looking for a fight. So, fellow thrashers, if you like this song then listen to it, you do not need to convince others to like it because they never will. To everyone, being an asshole at the same time as spelling every other word incorrect just makes you look stupid.

This song is relevant | Reviewer: matt | 6/5/11

The first time I heard this song was about a year after my grandfather committed suicide. Right after his death, my parents were convinced that I was suicidal myself. I spent 3 months in an institution after they put me on the new drug, Prozac, during the late 1980's. I couldn't convince the doctors that I didn't need their drugs, I couldn't convince my parents that I was coping with the loss. I ended up giving in to them and being a good little son. When I got out of the institution and detoxed off the Prozac, I heard this song. While I believe the ST intended it as irony, I experienced the path of the song. If I screamed to my parents they might have heard me, but because I was compliant and thinking that they knew what my brain was doing better than I did, I suffered for it. I appreciate this song, it brings back memories and a high degree of anger for what the system put me through.

Suicidal Tedencies Is Legend | Reviewer: Bob | 4/28/11

Fuck U For Those Who Hates!
If u dont like this song,just go away you retarded people,go away ur useless people
Do not unrespecting them
I do not even care's what music that u like
The important things is RESPECT
Faggots!

(by the way this song is awesome)
(i betcha u can't sings this)

NO U | Reviewer: Ashlee | 4/27/11

Haha. XD The message of the song is rather obvious... if you think the song even has meaning, that is. Not really something that needs to be read in to. On the other hand, I agree with Bert. The song is just meant to be funny. I know I laughed when I first heard it. So, for the people bashing on this song for its lack of depth and unconventional sound, that's kind of the point. But my attempt to advertise my opinion is more than likely in vain. We're all probably going to get hit by cars anyway.


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