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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: 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: 2017

Can I let go, and let your memory dance / In the ballroom of my mind, / Across the county line?"

— Lana Del Rey [Elizabeth Woolridge Grant] (b. June 21, 1985)

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