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Date: 1979

"There's a party in my mind...And it never stops / There's a party up there all the time."

— Byrne, David (b. 1952) and Jerry Harrison (b. 1949) [Talking Heads]

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Date: 1991

"Zulu Nation, brothers that's creation; / Minds get flooded, ejaculation -- / Right on the two inch tape."

— Tribe Called Quest [Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White]

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Date: 1991

"You soar off to another world, deep in your mind, / But people seem to take that, as being unkind."

— Tribe Called Quest [Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White]

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Date: 1992

"Their souls are crumbling like a dirt clod, hold."

— Pavement

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Date: 1998

"But the static in your mind leaves you hollow and unkind / With a shock electric wave turns you on."

— Hansen, Beck [Beck] (b. July 8, 1970)

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Date: 2003

"So next time you see the homey and his rims spin / Just know my mind is working just like them / (rims, that is)"

— Carter, Shawn Corey (b. 1969) [Jay-Z]

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Date: 2005

"What suffocates the land / In the memory of a garbage can / Memory of a garbage can?"

— Bird, Andrew (b. July 11, 1973)

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Date: 2005

"Memories, like mohair sweaters, / Stretched and pilled faux distressed letters."

— Bird, Andrew (b. July 11, 1973)

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Date: 2006

"You wave your torch into my eyes / Flamethrower lover burning mind."

— Sonic Youth [Kim A Gordon, Thurston Joseph Moore, Lee M Ranaldo, Steven Shelley]

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Date: 2006

"You doused my soul with gasoline / You flicked a match into my brain."

— Sonic Youth [Kim A Gordon, Thurston Joseph Moore, Lee M Ranaldo, Steven Shelley]

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.