Lyrical Theories

Name: Julie
Song: Narcolepsy


Narcolepsy - FIRST PARDON ALL SPELLING ERRORS... I am a horrible speller by trade. it's my demon 

Main Entry: nar·co·lep·sy
Pronunciation: 'när-k&-"lep-sE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -sies
Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek narkE
Date: 1880
: a condition characterized by brief attacks of deep sleep

My thoughts of narcolepsy came when I inadvertently smoked heroin and crank together in a lovely little mixture they refer to as a speedball.

"And there's a demon in my head who starts to play."

You fight incessantly to stay awake but you have no control over your body, your mind and even your thoughts sometimes. 

Remember the Nightmare on Elm street movies where Freddy has control over you in the dream state only? Narcolepsy is along that same line of psychology. When we dream, the unconscious mind reveals itself to us. It's like a venue for our mind to reveal it's inner most thoughts and desires. Sometimes, they are sexual... Sometimes they are serine. Sometimes they are frightening.

When I was under the influence of this drug... i was fine as long as my body was in motion. As long as I was physically moving and stimulating my mind with new things. When I did a task to long and it became monotonous, I would fall asleep for brief moments.. my mind wandered while in this "state" i know it did for I can remember dreaming. Yet I forget what I was dreaming because I was so embarrassed about falling asleep in the middle of the day.

Name: Katie Catalogna
Song: Narcolepsy


Kevin Cadogen and Stephan wrote this song about Kevin's narcolepsy. How this
song came about is, I believe Kevin gave an account on what narcolepsy felt
like to him. Then I think Stephan used his creativity and developed Kevin's
narcolepsy world into song form. "There's a demon in my head that starts to
play a nightmare tape loop of what went wrong yesterday. And I hold my
breath till it's more than I can take and I close my eyes and dream that I'm
awake". This is one of my favorite songs on the Third Eye Blind CD because
of the interesting lyrics. That is why I love Third Eye Blind's music so
much. Thier lyrics are what make their songs so great.

Name: Sabrina
Song: Narcolepsy


I always felt that Narcolepsy was about college life - frat parties,
cramming for exams, etc.
Or maybe it's because I'm in college right now and I might be too
But anyways, i could relate Narcolepsy to college life:
" I read dead Russian authors volumes at a time.." could refer to the
intellectualism that you have to deal with in college - required reading
anyone? Or it could refer to literary fads and trends people pick up when
they go to school. Some things I've overheard from enthusiastic literature
fans at parties :
" Man, Hemingway was GOD! "
" This world woulda SUCKED if there had been no Jack Kerouac! "
" If e.e. cummings was alive today - I WOULD HAVE SEX WITH HIM ! "
Also I seem to picture a college party scene when Stephan sings " ..there's
a bone in my hand that connects to a drink, in a crowded room where the
glasses clink..."

What do you think?  Send in your theories for this song!


Source:  Unknown

"Narcolepsy' comes from some weird, bizarre sleep-crazed things that were happening to me a couple of years ago. It was actually kind of funny. I was waking up but not really waking up, and I was stuck in this paralyzed state, and I was sort of drowning, I felt like I was dying really. So this happened twice in a month's period. So I'm sitting there and I'm freaking out. I'm calling sleep disorder clinics. I didn't know whether I had a tumor on my brain, and I'm watching Dr. Dean Edell and some guy actually called up with the same thing. He was having post-sleep paralysis or something. It has to do with your mind, sometimes it wakes up before your body...He said, this could be a symptom of narcolepsy. You should get it checked out. I don't have narcolepsy, but I was just trying to describe this to Steve and playing this guitar lick that came to me after this nightmare, and this song just kind of came out of that experience." ~ Kevin Cadogan