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I Should Be Allowed To Think Lyrics

Artist: They Might Be Giants
Album: John Henry

I saw the best minds of my generation
Destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical
I should be allowed to glue my poster
I should be allowed to think

I should be allowed to glue my poster
I should be allowed to think
I should be allowed to think
I should be allowed to think
And I should be allowed to blurt the merest idea
If by random whim, one occurs to me
If necessary, leave paper stains on the grey utility pole

I saw the worst bands of my generation
applied by magic marker to dry wall
I should be allowed to shoot my mouth off
I should have a call in show

I should be allowed to glue my poster
I should be allowed to think
I should be allowed to think
I should be allowed to think
And I should be allowed to blurt the merest idea
If by random whim, one occurs to me
If necessary, leave paper stains on the grey utility pole

I am not allowed
To ever come up with a single original thought
I am not allowed
To meet the criminal government agent who oppresses me

I was the worst hope of my generation
Destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical
I should be allowed to share my feelings
I should be allowed to feel

I should be allowed to glue my poster
I should be allowed to think
I should be allowed to think
I should be allowed to think
And I should be allowed to blurt the merest idea
If by random whim one occurs to me
But sadly, this can never be

I am not allowed to think
I am not allowed to think
I am not allowed to think (I am not allowed to think)
I am not allowed to think (I am not allowed to think)
I am not allowed to think (I am not allowed to think)
I am not allowed to think (I am not allowed to think)

Comments/Interpretations

by samantha orneallas on 3/21/2012 9:52pm
i think this is a perfect example of how people flipping burgers are subdued they are not allowed to have their own opinion the must do everything the way others want it done
I thank TMBG for this song i feel it is very thought out and sends out a message to everyone who is obblivious
by Shandra on 6/2/2012 5:09pm
Ths reminds me almost too much of being bulled in middle and high school (currently) and having my reports ignored.
"I should be allowed to feel"
by ValekHalfHeart on 3/7/2014 1:27pm
Reference to Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" in the lyrics. Howl begins with: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked"








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