Sometimes I try to do things and
it just doesn’t work out the way I wanted to.
I get real frustrated and I try hard to do it
and I take my time and it doesn’t work out the way I wanted to.
It’s like I concentrate real hard and it doesn’t work out.
Everything I do and everything I try 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, maybe you should get away
and maybe you should talk about it,
maybe 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 want to 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?

And I go: No I don’t want to I’m okay, I’ll figure it out myself.
But they just keep bugging me and 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 anyting to say
They’ll brainwash you until you see their way.

I’m not crazy – Institutionalized
You’re the one that’s crazy – Institutionalized
You’re driving me crazy – Institutionalized
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.
She’s all: Don’t tell me that, you’re on drugs!
I go: No mom I’m not on drugs I’m okay,
I was just thinking you know, why don’t you get me a Pepsi.
She goes: NO you’re on drugs!
I go: Mom I’m okay, 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 you’re 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 – Institutionalized
You’re the one who’s crazy – Institutionalized
You’re driving me crazy – Institutionalized
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 sitting in my room when my mom and my dad came in
and they pulled up a chair and they sat down.
They go: Mike, we need to talk to you.
And I go: Okay what’s the matter?
They go: Me and your mom have been noticing lately that 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 you’re 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 – Institutionalized
You’re the one who’s crazy – Institutionalized
You’re driving me crazy – Institutionalized
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.

Artist: Suicidal Tendencies
Album: Suicidal Tendencies
Release Date: 1983
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